Police Officer Trainee Job at Monterey, Monterey County, California

Police Officer Trainee

City of Monterey , California

Job Information 



Entry Level


$34.93 - $34.93 Hourly

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The Monterey Police Department is currently accepting applications for Police Officer Trainee. Candidates will be paid the hourly Trainee rate of $34.93 while attending the POST Basic Police Academy. The Trainee position is a non-sworn, entry-level training position. Employees in this classification are temporary, at-will employees with only mandatory benefits as required by law, and do not have Police Officer status while attending the Academy. Employees do not get promoted as a sworn Police Officer until they complete the Academy. Upon successful completion of the Academy and appointment to the position, candidates will receive the yearly salary of $90,960 and full benefits of a regular full-time, sworn Police Officer with the City of Monterey.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received or until the position has been filled. This recruitment may close at any time without notice.




A limited number of applicants who clearly show that they most closely meet the needs of this position in terms of training, experience, education, and other job-related characteristics will be accepted to participate in the selection process. This process will include evaluation and initial screening of the standard on-line City application to determine which candidates progress to the next phase of the recruitment process. The subsequent selection process may include a panel interview and a final departmental interview.

Candidates moving forward will be subject to an extensive background examination including a polygraph test, psychological exam and physical. Once testing is complete the Chief of Police shall review the background and post-conditional offer assessments and make the final determination as to whether a formal job offer is to be made.  The Human Resources Department reserves the right to make changes to components of the examination process.


High school graduation equivalency or GED and successful completion of a Work Sample Test Battery with a minimum qualifying score of 384, and a T-Score of 50 or higher on the California POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery. Assessment results are valid within one year from the date that the tests were administered. 


The City of Monterey does not administer the Law Enforcement entrance assessment testing, however we will accept scores from any POST participating agency. The closest testing facility to Monterey is run by South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium (SBRTC). For more information on testing through SBRTC, please visit the SBRTC website at http://www.theacademy.ca.gov/tests.


For more information regarding the testing standards, please visit the POST website at www.post.ca.gov.

SUMMARY:  Under direct supervision, attends an approved Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) basic police academy to be trained in the technical knowledge, skills and physical capabilities required to perform police service; performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:  This is a non-sworn, training level classification in the Police Department.  Incumbents are sent to a basic police academy for training.  During the training, incumbents do not have police powers and are subject to the rules and regulations of the City of Monterey Police Department and the academy attended.  Trainees may be assigned non-safety duties in the Police Department such as assisting in prevention; collecting information and data; transporting people and materials, etc.  Promotion to a sworn Police Officer position is contingent upon successful completion of the basic academy and the final review of the Police Chief.  Upon promotion to Police Officer, incumbents will begin a new eighteen-month probationary period.


Examples of Duties

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Attend, fully participate in, successfully complete and graduate from a California P.O.S.T. approved basic police academy.
  • Successfully perform all related learning, both academic and physical (defensive tactics, firearms, driving, etc.), and testing activities.
  • Care for and maintain departmental equipment.
  • Attend all academy courses and training in accordance with the academy schedule which may include varied days and/or hours.
  • Report criminal activity.
  • Participate in related training programs.
  • May do research into law, policies, and related matters.
  • May be subject to recall/call-out.
  • Support the relationship between the City of Monterey and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors and City staff.
  • Maintain confidentiality of work-related issues and City information.
  • Perform other job-related duties within the scope of this job classification as assigned.


Typical Qualifications


  • Graduation from High School or GED equivalent.
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Not have any felony convictions.
  • Be able to pass a comprehensive background.
  • Be a United States citizen or have permanent resident alien status and applied for citizenship.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

  • Must possess a valid California Driver's License upon appointment and be insurable with the City's standard insurance rate, unless otherwise approved by appointing authority.


Supplemental Info


  • City organization, operation, policies and procedures.
  • City, State and Federal laws, statutes, ordinances and court decisions as pertinent to assigned duties.
  • Law enforcement and crime prevention principles, practices and techniques.
Skill in:
  • Understanding, interpreting, and applying State and local laws and regulations, department policies and procedures, and other technical literature pertaining to law enforcement;
  • Reacting quickly and calmly in emergency or hazardous situations and adopt and effective course of action.
  • Observing and remembering facts and details of incidents.
  • Following oral and written instruction.
  • Learning to operate firearms safely and skillfully;
  • Obtaining information through interview, interrogation, and observation.
  • Writing clear and accurate reports.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicating verbally in a clear and effective manner.
  • Dealing tactfully and effectively with a wide range of different individuals and groups from the community.
Physical Demands
  • Physical health, strength and agility necessary to meet the physical demands of police work, as determined by a physical agility test and a medical exam (based on current California POST Commission guidelines).
  • Must meet current POST vision guidelines, including those for color, binocular and peripheral vision.
  • Psychological suitability for police work (determined by a psychological exam as required by the California POST Commission).
Environmental Elements
Employees attend a basic police academy for training.  This is a developmental classification designed to attract and retain persons with the potential to be appointed to the Sworn Police Officer classification.  Trainees will be in simulated Police Officer situations, but have no direct exposure to dangerous situations.


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