Public Safety Officer in Training

Sunnyvale, CA
Sunnyvale Police Department
Salary: $95,956.43-$111,081.57


Typical placement is made at the first step of the salary range.

Upon successful completion of the Public Safety Officer In Training requirements, incumbents will promote to Public Safety Officer I (salary range $100,754 – $116,635 annually).

Upon successful completion of all phases of training, members of the Public Safety Officer I classification are promoted to the position of Public Safety Officer II (salary range is $106,618 – $132,834 annually).

* plus 6% City Paid Employees PERS contribution and an excellent benefit package, including 2.7% at 57 retirement plan


The position of Public Safety Officer-In Training (PSO-IT) is a non-sworn, training classification while incumbents are attending the police and fire academies. Upon successful completion of the police academy, incumbents will be promoted to the sworn, training position of Public Safety Officer I. Upon successful completion of all required training, incumbents will be promoted to the sworn position of Public Safety Officer II.

A Public Safety Officer II performs the full duties of both a police officer and a firefighter, which include preserving the peace; preventing and detecting crimes; protecting life and property; responding to fire, medical and other emergencies; enforcing laws and public ordinances; and, maintaining a public service approach towards the Sunnyvale community. To review the full job description and requirements of a Public Safety Officer-In Training, please click on the following link: Public Safety Officer-In Training


Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. Additionally, the position requires near and far vision in reading reports and work related documents and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal customer service. The need to lift, drag and push equipment and bodies weighing up to 165 pounds, the ability to run continuously for 500 yards and climb 6 foot high fences is also required. When in the field, positions are required to walk and stand during emergency situations, including on uneven and slippery surfaces; wear police officer and firefighter clothing and carry equipment; climb ladders and work from elevated positions and enter confined spaces wearing appropriate breathing apparatus. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.

Educational requirements:

The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

  • An Associate's degree or have completed 60 semester or 90 quarter units at an accredited college or university.

Desired Skills:

Knowledge of:

  • Basic principles of electricity.
  • Principles of physics, chemistry of fire, and mechanics.
  • Weights, measures and capacities.
  • Office methods, procedures, software and equipment.
  • Principles and practices of good customer service.
  • Principles and practices of effective interpersonal communication.

Ability to:

  • Learn to apply principles and practices of law enforcement and fire protection.
  • Learn to interpret and apply department policies and procedures and related State and Federal laws.
  • Learn to perform firefighting, emergency response, and rescue and medical aid duties in response to calls for service.
  • Write clearly, accurately, concisely, legibly and with correct English grammatical construction and spelling.
  • Learn to safely use firearms and other modern police equipment and communication and information systems related to law enforcement.
  • Make basic mathematical calculations as they relate to the essential functions of this position.
  • Plan and present material orally to diverse groups.
  • Read and interpret complex documents in English.
  • Sketch such things as crime scenes and accident scenes.
  • Observe, assimilate, remember and recall pertinent facts and details.
  • Read maps and mapped information.
  • Apply selected learned knowledge in collecting, organizing and analyzing a variety of information.
  • Speak with a wide variety of people, using tact, self-restraint, judgment, and strategy.
  • Make quick and reasonable decisions under stressful emergency situations.
  • Perform routine, repetitive work to completion.
  • Exercise self-restraint and good judgment.
  • Visually identify and accurately distinguish colors between various visual inputs at long and short ranges and in dark and smoky environments.
  • Accurately identify and distinguish between colors.
  • Hear and comprehend auditory inputs in radio transmissions, long range conversations, commands, and cries for assistance when obscured by background noises.
  • Detect and distinguish the smell of different materials/chemicals, smoke/fires, and toxic gases.
  • Speak in an understandable voice during in-person and radio conversations, to project voice, and to be heard over background noises.
  • Operate a computer using word processing and business software and other office equipment.
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain and promote positive and effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.
  • Demonstrate initiative and exercise good judgment in the performance of duties.
  • Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and political situations.
  • Use a Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
  • Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.

Willingness to:

  • Adhere to ethics of law enforcement as stated in the "Law Enforcement Code of Ethics".
  • Enforce all laws, policies and procedures regardless of personal ethics or feelings.
  • Comply with department grooming standards and wear a uniform furnished by the department.
  • Carry and use approved weapons, including (but not limited to) firearms and batons, if justified by laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Take the life of another, if justified by laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Work in, around, or with severely decomposed, burnt, or dismembered bodies.
  • Train citizens as well as other employees.
  • Work irregular hours, irregular days, overtime, weekends, holidays, variable shifts, evenings, on-call and 24-hour shift.
  • Work at any location in the city on short notice.
  • Attend meetings or classes both on and off duty.



  • Possess and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver's license and a safe driving record.


  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice or related field.


  • Must be 21 years of age at the completion of a police academy.
  • Must successfully complete a post-offer physical exam paid for by the City.
  • Must successfully complete an extensive background check.

Individuals who have been eliminated from a hiring process, either as a result of a background investigation or as the result of any psychological interview, are ineligible to re-apply until an 18 month period has elapsed since the final filing date of the last recruitment for which they have applied.