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Police Officer Trainee

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Police Officer Trainee





Salary




$64,690.08 - $82,563.52 Annually






Location




Fairfield, CA








Job Type




Full-Time






Department




Police Department








Job Number




2018-00002












Closing




Continuous

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Description



To attend a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certified Police Academy and undergo field training within the Police Department. After successful completion of academy, under general supervision, perform responsible police work, crime prevention, and community service functions. This position requires a thorough background investigation, polygraph test, psychological assessment, and a medical exam prior to appointment.


Salary posted includes incentive pay.This recruitment is open and continuous and may close, without notice, at any time once a sufficient number of applications have been received.


Proof of a T-Score of 50 or greater on the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) and proof of passing the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center physical agility test (PAT) must be attached to your application. The PELLETB and PAT must be dated within 12 months of application submittal.



WORKING CONDITIONS:


Work may require nights, weekends, and holidays. Training may include physical training; emergency vehicle operations; firearm training. Work may include substantial periods of time exposed to various weather conditions (including extreme heat and rain), irritants and allergens.



PHYSICAL DEMANDS:


Applicants must be 21 years old at the time of academy graduation or older, and be in excellent health (as determined by a pre-employment physical examination). Ability to lift, carry, drag, pull, push persons or objects weighing at least 160 pounds and the ability to run for extended periods are time are required. Also requires walking and prolonged sitting; discharging firearms and using impact weapons. Vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes, normal color vision and hearing acuity are required. Incumbents must meet any other criteria mandated by the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST).



DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:


This classification differs from Police Officer in that the Police Officer Trainee is assigned to a police academy designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system including knowledge of laws and training in police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid and physical fitness. Incumbents in this classification receive training in a controlled classroom environment. Sworn officer status is not received until successful academy completion and official processing through procedures to become a classified Police Officer.



SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED:


Instruction is received from academy instructors; receives general supervision from a Police Officer or Sergeant.



Minimum Qualifications



Experience


None required. However, some experience in law enforcement work is preferred.


Education

An Associate's degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, psychology, business administration, public administration or related field or 60 semester units from an accredited college or university is required at time of appointment to Police Officer. Appointment to Police Officer occurs after graduation from a POST certified police academy.




+ College credits earned while attending the police academy may be applied toward the 60 semester units requirement.

+ Candidates may be credited with 36 semester credits for a minimum of 4 years of active duty in the U.S. Armed Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard).




OTHER REQUIREMENTS:



+ Must be 21 years old at the time of academy graduation or older.

+ Possession of a valid Class C California State Driver's License is required.

+ Must be lawfully able to possess a firearm.

+ Must be free of felony or serious misdemeanor convictions.

+ Must achieve a T-Score of at least 50 on the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB).

+ Must successfully complete a physical agility test (PAT).








HOW TO OBTAIN A T-SCORE AND/OR PARTICIPATE IN THE PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST:


The Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center typically administers the PELLETB and physical agility test on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Please check their website for specifics. Candidates must register directly with Napa Valley Criminal Justice Training Center to take the exam; City of Fairfield does not register candidates for the exam.


Register for the exam by visiting the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center website:




Then click on "Entrance Exam"


You may also contact their office by telephone at (707) 256-7700.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:



+ PELLETB T-Scores administered by other law enforcement agencies or academies will be accepted, provided the documentation is on official letterhead and dated within 1 year of application submittal.

+ City of Fairfield only accepts physical agility test results from the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center dated within 1 year of application submittal.






Examples of Duties



Duties may include, but are not limited to:


Attend a basic POST certified academy designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system including laws and training in police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid and physical fitness.


Undergo training to develop an awareness of functions and responsibilities of Police Officers and how they relate to field operations.


Learn laws of arrest and pertinent local and state laws and ordinances.


Perform other duties as assigned.



Knowledge & Abilities



Knowledge of:


The role and function of a law enforcement agency.


Computers to research and write reports.


Customer service.


Ability to:


Learn and understand police department rules, regulations, instructions, laws and policies.


Learn to properly handle and safely discharge firearms.


Observe and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places, and judge situations and persons accurately.


Learn to operate standard police equipment and vehicles.


Follow oral and written directions.


Write accurate reports.


Communicate effectively with people of diverse education, social and ethnic backgrounds.


Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


THE SELECTION PROCESS:


Proof of a T-Score of 50 or greater on the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) and proof of passing the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center physical agility test (PAT) must be attached to your application. The PELLETB and PAT must be dated within 12 months of application submittal.


Based on the information provided in the application documents, the best-qualified applicants will be invited for further examination. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the examination may consist of an application screening, written and/or practical exam, oral interview, or any combination. This position requires a thorough background investigation, polygraph, and a pre-employment medical exam to be completed on each final candidate, prior to appointment.








The City of Fairfield offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes City contribution toward the Public Employees' Retirement System and deferred savings; medical, dental and vision; life insurance; paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.


IMPORTANT NOTE: This position is represented by Fairfield Police Officers' Association (FPOA). Current FPOA members are under contract for a 3% @ 50 PERS retirement formula and are considered "classic" members. Due to the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 / Assembly Bill 340, effective January 1, 2013, the retirement formula for all new PERS safety members is 2.7% @ 57. New PERS safety members are required to pay 10.5% contribution towards PERS.


For Police Officer Trainees who are sponsored through a police academy, while attending the academy, they are not sworn police officers and therefore not enrolled in the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) Safety Group for purposes of retirement benefits.


For a more detailed overview of our benefit package, please click on the following link

POA Benefit Summary Sheet












01


Will you be at least 21 years of age by academy graduation?


+ Yes


+ No






02


Do you have a valid Class C California Driver's License?


+ Yes


+ No






03


Do you have a T-Score of at least 50 on the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) dated within 12 months? If so, a copy of your T-Score must be attached to your application.


+ Yes


+ No






04


Have you taken and passed the Physical Agility Test (PAT) with the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center within the last 12 months? If so, proof of passing the PAT with Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center must be attached to your application.


+ Yes


+ No






05


Do you meet the minimum educational requirements for this position?


+ I have 60 semester units from an accredited college or university.


+ I have an Associate's degree or higher.


+ I have a combination of qualifying (U.S. Armed Services) experience and college units.


+ I do not meet the minimum educational requirements.





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Agency


City of Fairfield






Address


1000 Webster Street


Fairfield, California, 94533.






Phone


707-428-7394







Website









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