Police Officer (Academy Attendee) Job at Napa, Napa County, California

Police Officer (Academy Attendee)

City of Napa , California

Job Information 



Entry Level


$28.36 - $34.26 Hourly

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Are you currently enrolled in a Police Academy? We invite you to apply!

Are you someone who wants to work with dedicated people like yourself to make a real difference in the community? Have you been searching for an unusual yet thoroughly rewarding career? Are you someone with the desire to help others in emergency situations? Do you excel at making good decisions under pressure? Ever thought about being a Police Officer?

Join our team and you'll learn to protect yourself and others with incredible training, gain another family and a sense of belonging that no other career can offer, and spend your time helping others by making a positive impact on the community.

Oh and did we mention the awesome pay and benefits? Pay during the academy is up to $32.69  per hour! Currently, our full-time Police Officers earn a base salary of $107,928 annually, plus enjoy incredible health and retirement benefits! Check out the benefits link!

Learn more about the 10 Best Things About Becoming a Police Officer! 


The City of Napa Police Department is dedicated to providing unparalleled service to its diverse local community. A career with the City of Napa Police Department offers many rewards: competitive salaries and excellent benefits; opportunities to make significant positive impacts on people in your community; an amazing variety of work and challenges; and a satisfying public service career. 

The Mission of the Napa Police Department, in partnership with the community, is to promote and maintain a peaceful, safe and secure environment.

We are dedicated to maintaining a high quality of life and safety by recognizing and adjusting to the changing needs of the community. To do this, we pledge, in partnership with the community, a commitment to resolve problem and address needs with excellence, initiative and integrity.

The City of Napa and its Police Department are searching for individuals of unquestionable integrity who can demonstrate sound judgment and decision-making skills under all conditions. We seek leaders who possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to evaluate emergency situations while remaining calm, and the skills to think critically and make sound split-second decisions. Click here to learn more about the Napa Police Department or contact the Human Resources Department  at (707) 257-9505.

This recruitment and examination is being conducted to fill multiple Police Officer Trainee vacancies and may be used to fill future full-time vacancies as they occur during the active status of the employment list. The active status of this employment list will be at least one (1) year unless abolished sooner or extended beyond that date in accordance with the Civil Service Rules. This list may be used to fill positions at the Community Services Officer I/II level. 

Ideal candidates for the Police Officer Trainee role will have a record of successfully demonstrating the following competencies:
  • Technical Professional/Knowledge and Skills - Achieved a satisfactory level of technical, functional, and/or professional skill or knowledge in position-related areas; kept up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise.
  • Building Trust - Interacted with other departments and divisions in a way that gives others confidence in their intentions and those of the organization.
  • Interpersonal Communications - Clearly and succinctly conveying information and ideas to individuals and groups in a variety of situations; communicating in a focused and compelling way that drives others' thoughts and actions.
  • Decision-making - Identified and understood issues, problems, and opportunities; compared information from different sources to draw conclusions and develop appropriate solutions. 
  • Resolving Conflict - Helped others deal effectively with an antagonistic situation to minimize damage to the relationships and promote shared goals; used appropriate interpersonal methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people and facilitate agreement. 
  • Stress Tolerance - Maintained stable performance under pressure or opposition (e.g., experiencing time pressure, conflict, or job ambiguity); handled stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization. 
  • Initiating Action - Taking prompt action to accomplish work goals; taking action to achieve results beyond what is required; being proactive. 
  • Managing Work - Effectively handled one's time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
  APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED DOCUMENTSFailure to attach the required documents will result in disqualification. 
  1. Completed Online Employment Application 
  2. Completed Supplemental Questionnaire
  3. Documentation of a Basic Police Academy Certification within the last 12 months or proof of current enrollment in a Basic Police Academy.
  4. Copy of PELLETB T-SCORE of 48 or higher within the last 6 months.


Under supervision, performs a variety of entry level police support duties in a learning capacity; assists and observes Police Officers and civilian police personnel; attends the Police Academy to obtain a P.O.S.T. Certificate of Completion; performs related work which may require public contact but not the enforcement of laws.

This is a pre-entry level law enforcement classification in which incumbents learn and gain additional qualifications in preparation for a career as a sworn peace officer. Appointment to this classification is expected to lead to development of knowledge, skills and abilities which can be applied upon successful entrance to the Police Officer class. Upon attainment of the appropriate P.O.S.T. certification, incumbents in this class will be appointed to the Police Officer classification; such appointment is expected by the completion of the probationary period. The Police Officer Trainee is distinguished from Police Officer in that the latter is the working level class with enforcement powers requiring sworn peace officer status.

In addition to attending the Police Academy to gain training and proficiency in law enforcement terminology, concepts, techniques and to gain the requisite knowledge to be eligible to perform the duties of a sworn peace officer, candidates may perform the following duties as assigned:

  1. Ride with officers to observe and learn peace officer responsibilities and techniques.
  2. Operate police information equipment, including computer systems, teletypes and telephones to enter and research information at the direction of an Officer or police civilian.
  3. Assist in processing, packaging, labeling, storing and destroying property and evidence; may provide assistance with photocopies, files, indexes and locating police records and related paperwork.
  4. Perform errands for the department such as transporting information and paperwork to court and district attorney offices; perform related duties as assigned.

A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skill and ability required for this position would be: Equivalent to graduation from high school and any full or part-time work experience of a length to demonstrate good work habits. Experience working in a police environment and completion of college-level course work related to law enforcement are preferred.

KNOWLEDGE OF: Basic English grammar, composition, spelling and punctuation; basic mathematics; effective communication and public speaking; effective problem solving techniques; basic law enforcement concepts; basic computer operating systems and software applications related to the work.

ABILITY TO: Successfully complete the P.O.S.T. Basic Police Academy; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; learn, understand and interpret laws and regulations; learn to implement and enforce laws, policies, regulations, guidelines and orders concerning the protection of life, property and the maintenance of law, order and peace; observe and accurately recall names, faces, numbers, incidents and places; think and act quickly in emergency situations; analyze situations and adopt effective courses of action; exercise sound judgment, often under pressure; understand and carry out written and oral directions; write at a fast rate of speed to prepare accurate and factual written reports; perform basic math computations; safely operate motor vehicles; establish and maintain effective relationships with co-workers, supervisors, public officials and representative of other agencies; utilize computers and computer software, as required; learn to meet the minimum standards of use with department-issued or approved lethal and non-lethal weapons.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Must possess sufficient physical strength, ability, coordination and stamina to perform the essential duties of a Police Officer.


Applicants are to file a City of Napa employment application and supplemental questionnaire online by the final filing date. A resume may be submitted, but it will not take the place of the completed application forms. Applications are accepted online at www.cityofnapajobs.org.

Please answer all mandatory supplemental questions. Type in "N/A" if the question does not apply. Do not leave any questions blank or your application may be rejected. List all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, please list each position separately. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in disqualification.

Notification and correspondence will be sent via e-mail only. No paper notices will be mailed to applicants. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure a correct e-mail address is provided and that correspondences are being received. Some e-mail accounts recognize these e-mails in the spam/junk folders. Please check your e-mail spam/junk folders or allow e-mail correspondences from e-mails ending in neogov.com.


  1. An Application Appraisal will be conducted to evaluate each candidates' supplemental questionnaire and will be evaluated for educational course work, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position.
  2. Candidates who pass the Application Appraisal will be invited to a panel interview.
  3. The probationary period is the last phase of the selection process. Incumbents are required to establish a bona fide residence in compliance with agreed-to travel time (1 hour) by completion of the probationary period.

Candidates must attain a minimum score of 70% in each phase of the selection process. When three or fewer candidates are available, the testing procedures outlined in the Job Announcement may be waived by the Assistant Human Resources Director.

Candidates referred to the Police Department for a selection interview are required to sign authorization and release forms authorizing thorough background and reference checks. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONCandidates for the position of Police Officer Trainee are required to pass a background investigation in accordance with applicable law, regulation and/or policy. During the background investigation candidates are required to complete and submit a California Personal History Statement (POST Form 2-251 Rev. 02/2013). The information that you provide in the Personal History Statement will be used in the background investigation to assist in determining your suitability for the position of Police Officer Trainee, in accordance with POST Commission Regulation 1953. Additionally, for the position of Police Officer Trainee, a pre-placement psychological and medical examination is required prior to employment. Click here to review the State of California Personal History Statement.

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Due to the varied and unpredictable nature of police work, incumbents may also be required to perform the following: Measure distances using calibrated instruments such as when investigating traffic accidents or processing crime scenes; make precise arm-hand positioning movements and maintain static arm-hand position such as when sighting and shooting a firearm; direct traffic which requires continuous and repetitive arm-hand movements; use sufficient strength to enable the incumbent to sprint, jump, or physically overcome resistance when chasing or apprehending suspects; coordinate the movement of more than one limb simultaneously such as when using a 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 a patrol car or gathering evidence at crime scenes; patrol officers wear a 15 pound utility/gun belt which requires the continuous support from stomach and lower back muscles; a patrol officer typically spends 7 - 8 hours per day driving a vehicle which requires the continuous support of lower back muscles; climbing ladders and searching rooftops requires lifting arms above shoulder level and working at heights greater than ten feet; searching for suspects or lost persons may require walking over rough, uneven, slippery or rocky surfaces including fields, parks, hillsides and creeks; an officer is required to listen for alarms, screams, breaking glass or other suspicious and unusual noises that may require investigation; move heavy objects such as equipment (50 pounds and more), and lift and carry injured or intoxicated persons short and long distances; work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements; tolerate very hot and very cold temperatures; sit for extended periods of time and may or may not be able to change positions such as when sitting in a patrol vehicle, or performing surveillance; foot beat and search activities require walking for extended periods of time, unable to stop, sit or rest at will; crowd and traffic control duties require standing for extended periods of time, unable to sit or rest at will.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of California Class "C" Driver's license is required at the time of appointment. Incumbents must be willing to work any shift, including night, evening, holiday and weekend shifts and must be willing to work scheduled and emergency overtime. Incumbents must wear and maintain a uniform. Incumbents are expected to maintain high moral character and integrity and demonstrate a high desire for self-improvement. Bilingual skills are desirable.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The City of Napa Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified disabled applicants. Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation in the testing process must inform the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date as stated on the job flyer. A Reasonable Accommodation Request Form is available from the Human Resources Department, and may be obtained by calling 707-257-9505, or (TDD) 707-257-9506.

The City of Napa is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace will maximize our talents to benefit the residents we serve.


1541 Second Street

Napa, CA 94559