Police Officer (Academy Attendee)

City of Elk Grove , California

Job Information 



Mid Level


$51,022.40 - $51,022.40 Annually

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The Elk Grove Police Department is currently
accepting applications for Police Officer Trainee

This recruitment will remain open until the vacancies are filled and may close without notice.  Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


In order to be considered for this position, applicants must attach proof of enrollment in a California POST Basic Peace Officer Academy.

The City of Elk Grove is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and professionalism. 

This is a non-sworn entry-level training position. Employees in this classification are temporary at-will employees. This classification is designed for candidates currently attending a POST-certified Regular Course academy. Employees in this classification attend a police academy and may train concurrently with the Elk Grove Police Department for general police work. Employees do not receive the status as a sworn officer until they complete the academy and are processed through the procedure to become classified Police Officers.


Representative Duties


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

1.     Attend and successfully complete a California P.O.S.T. Basic Peace Officer Academy.
2.     Participate in and provide support and assistance to special crime prevention and enforcement programs.
3.     Control traffic flow and enforce State and local municipal codes violations and traffic regulations.
4.     Operate a variety of motor vehicles.
5.     Operates a wide variety of law enforcement equipment, including radio and communications equipment to transmit to and receive information from Police personnel using a coded response system.
6.     Perform investigative work.
7.     Attend briefings, meetings, seminars, and training activities.
8.     Review Department operating procedures, criminal law changes, crime maps, and other related information.
9.     Perform and variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the Police Department.
10.   Performs related duties as required.




The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

  • English usage, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
  • Computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
  • Basic law enforcement theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and programs.
  • Standard law enforcement information, communications, and record keeping terminology.
  • Principles and techniques of traffic control.
  • Basic interviewing methods and principles.
  • Principles, practices, and safe work methods used in collecting, processing, logging, storing, and safeguarding evidence, property, and materials including hazardous materials.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations and department rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Self-defense principles and practices.
  • Safe work methods and safety regulations pertaining to the work including officer safety standards and safe driving principles and practices.
  • Automated law enforcement information systems and procedures.
  • Public and agency desk procedures and methods for providing services and information including those related to collecting, maintaining, and releasing information, files, and documents.
  • Law enforcement record keeping and records management principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment.
  • Research and report writing techniques.
  • Methods and techniques used in customer service and public relations.
  • Methods and techniques of public speaking and instruction.
  • Principles and practices of record keeping and reporting.
  • Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Geographic features and locations within the area served.
  • Standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.

Ability to:

  • Learn the principles, practices, procedures, laws and ordinances, terminology, and operation of equipment used in law enforcement, crime prevention, and investigation.
  • Use and care for firearms.
  • Observe, assimilate, remember, and recall pertinent facts and details.
  • Read maps and mapped information.
  • Follow oral and written directions
  • Write clearly, accurately, concisely, legibly, and with correct grammatical construction and spelling.
  • Use tact and maintain cooperative relationships with public.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines: - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Must have a minimum of 40 college units (not including units earned from Basic Peace Officer Academy), from an accredited college or university.


License or Certificate:

  • Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.
  • Must be currently enrolled in a California POST Basic Peace Officer Academy.
  • Incumbent will need to pass a background investigation which includes a polygraph, psychological and medical evaluation.

Other Requirements:

Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of hire.


Physical Demands and Work Environment


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is generally performed in a typical field environment, with most time spent sitting, standing or walking. Position will require work outdoors and using body, ear and eye protection. Incumbent may be required to work rotating shifts and assignments, and may work overtime with little or no notice.


Physical: Due to the varied and unpredictable nature of police work, the incumbent may also be required to perform the following: make precise arm-hand positioning movements and maintain static arm-hand position such as when sighting and shooting a firearm; may require continuous and repetitive arm-hand movements; use sufficient strength and agility to enable the incumbent to sprint, or jump; coordinate the movement of more than one limb simultaneously such as when using hand radio while driving a vehicle or searching a building with firearm drawn, flashlight on and opening and closing doors; bend or stoop repeatedly and continuously over time such as getting in and out of patrol car or gathering evidence at crime scenes; wear a 15 lb utility/gun belt which requires the continuous support from stomach and lower back muscles; may require the movement of heavy objects 50 lbs and more. The incumbent may respond to complex police situations or emergencies and is therefore subject to any of the hazards encountered by police patrol officers. Operate various office equipment such as telephones, computers, copiers, fax machines, etc. Safely operate the following equipment in the performance of duties: A variety of City-owned vehicles; firearms; communications equipment, such as two-way radios, cell phones, and pagers; Mobile display terminals (MDT), various audio visual equipment and any other equipment assigned. Required to physically take a resistive or combative subject into custody.


Vision: Within California POST standards as verified by a medical background.


Hearing: Within California POST standards as verified by a medical background.


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