Police Officer Trainee

SALARY
$93,498 annually.

BENEFITS
Generous paid leave, medical coverage, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance and an employee assistance program (EAP). Access to non-sworn CalPERS retirement during the academy (2.7% at 55 for classic members; 2% at 62 for new members) and retiree medical benefits as well as access to IRS Section 125 flexible benefits for pretax child care, health spending accounts and tuition reimbursement.

Employees pay a contribution of 10.7% to CalPERS with no Social Security deduction. For more detailed benefits information please view our Benefits Comparison by Bargaining Group online here.

DEFINITION
Under direct supervision, attends a California P.O.S.T. (Police Officer Standards and Training) certified academy and successfully completes the prescribed course of training.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
The Police Officer Trainee is a training level classification for individuals who have been pre-qualified to attend a California P.O.S.T.-certified program for the purpose of learning the statutory duties of a law enforcement officer in the State of California. The Police Officer Trainee is a non-sworn position. Trainees attend a P.O.S.T.-approved academy and upon successful graduation are appointed to the position of a sworn Probationary Police Officer.

Supervision Received and Exercised
Receives immediate supervision from law enforcement supervisory and/or management staff.

Examples of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Participate in and complete a prescribed law enforcement training program from a California P.O.S.T.-approved basic police academy for entry-level law enforcement officers that include, but are not limited to, report writing, laws of arrest and search and seizure, defensive driving, California Penal and Vehicle Code application and firearms training.
2. Build and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
3. Perform related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Knowledge of: Goals and objectives of the Mountain View Police Department; organization and structure of Police Department and general functions of a City government; English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation; basic principles of business writing and basic report writing; principles and practices of good customer service; techniques and principles of effective interpersonal communication and principles and practices of safety management.

Ability to learn:
1. Modern police methods and procedures related to patrol, crime, investigation and prevention, and traffic-control activities
2. Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations, including laws governing apprehension, arrest and custody of persons accused of felonies, misdemeanors and petty offenses
3. Rules of evidence pertaining to search and seizure and preservation of evidence in traffic and criminal cases
4. Techniques and applications of self-defense and proper use of force
5. Proper use of police equipment, vehicles and tools, including firearms
6. Methods and techniques used in interviewing witnesses, victims, complainants or suspects
7. Principles and techniques used in public and community relations that are related to law enforcement activities
8. Interpret, apply and make decisions in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations; to perform a wide range of law enforcement assignments
9. Gather, assemble, analyze, evaluate and use facts and evidence
10. Control violent individuals and effect arrests
11. Assess a variety of routine and critical situations involving public safety and act appropriately
12. Administer first aid
13. Prepare clear and concise reports and routine correspondence
14. Meet the physical requirements established by the department
15. Engage tactfully and courteously with the public and law enforcement personnel
16. Demonstrate a high ability to interact with the public courteously with patience and a positive attitude
17. Provide high-quality economical services to the City of Mountain View community, placing emphasis on responsive customer service
18. Demonstrate a civic entrepreneurial spirit by generating new, innovative ideas and development of better methods to accomplish tasks and complete projects
19. Foster an environment that embraces diversity, integrity, trust and respect
20. Be an integral team player which involves flexibility, cooperation and communication
21. Establish and maintain effective working relations with those contacted in the course of your work
22. Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner
23. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Graduation from high school or possession of a GED. Completion of 40 semester units or 60 quarter units from an accredited college. College units must be completed by time of application. Vision and hearing capabilities consistent with guidelines by P.O.S.T. and/or City of Mountain View. No experience is required. Specialized training or college-level coursework in law enforcement, criminal justice or related field is highly desirable.

Required Licenses or Certificates
Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Special Requirements
Willingness to work rotating shifts, including nights and weekends; psychological suitability for police work; ability to pass a comprehensive background investigation, which includes a polygraph examination, credit history, driving record, criminal activity, military and employment records and character references.

Working Conditions
Requires work outdoors in situations which may be hazardous and life-threatening. Will be required to work various shifts, overtime and on-call as assigned.

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