Police Officer (Recruit) Job at Novato, Marin County, California

Police Officer (Recruit)

City of Novato , California

Job Information 



Entry Level


$5,660.87 - $6,880.80 Monthly

Application Deadline 


10/28/2020 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


If you are interested in a career in law enforcement, this is an excellent opportunity to become a Police Officer Trainee in the Novato Police Department. As a trainee, you would be assigned to attend an upcoming POST-approved Police Academy. Acceptance by the Academy, which includes successfully passing a POST-approved written examination, is a condition for employment in this position. During the 6-month Academy program, you would receive the training required for appointment to the position of Police Officer. Upon successful completion of the Academy, you would typically be appointed as a Police Officer and begin serving an 18-month probation period with City of Novato Police Department.
Positions shall be filled only as police officer vacancies exist or are contemplated due to pending resig­nations, attends a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified Basic Police Academy, and successfully completes the Academy's course of study to acquire peace officer status in the State of California.

The classification is established for police officer trainee purposes only and assignments shall be for a duration of no longer than a 4-month period. Upon recommendation of the Chief of Police, a limited extension beyond the 4-month period may be authorized by the Human Resources Manager. This is a non-sworn position.

Incumbents are in a probationary status and do not qualify for regular status with the City until successful completion of an 18-month probationary period as a full-time sworn police officer.

Example of 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.

  • Participates in and successfully completes a comprehensive training program at a P.O.S.T. certified police academy for a period of approximately 20 weeks.
  • Acquires the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully as a Police Officer.
  • Acquires the physical conditioning needed to meet the requirements of the Police Department.
  • Following successful completion of P.O.S.T. academy, trainee will be sworn in as a full police officer and be assigned to a 18 week field training program.
  • Trainees successfully completing the program will be sworn in as police officer; trainees failing to meet the goals of the program will be terminated.
  • Probationary police officer employees who have transferred from the police officer trainee class are eligible for their first merit review at the completion of a 12-month period as a sworn police officer.  Thereafter, merit reviews will occur annually based on the initial merit review date.

Typical Qualifications:

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.

  • Minimum age – 21 years
  • Must have successfully completed all requirements, testing, and selection processes for appointment as a probationary police officer.

Experience and Training Guidelines

Experience: None

Training: Equivalent to completion of twelfth grade

License or Certificate
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license.

Additional Information:


Ability to: Understand and follow oral and written directions; speak and write effectively, understand various laws, policies, rules, procedures, law enforcement techniques and first aid; analyze situations and/or problems and rationally and calmly take quick, effective action in emergency and stressful situations; undergo strenuous physical training.


Environmental Conditions: 

Emergency peace control environment; travel from site to site; exposure to potentially hostile environments.


Physical Conditions: 

Essential and marginal functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for running, walking, crouching or crawling during emergency operations, walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time, and operating assigned police equipment and vehicles.

The City of Novato is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Employment Process: Applicants are screened for relevant education, experience and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. Those persons most qualified may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral, performance and/or assessment center examinations. Candidates who successfully pass the examination process are placed on the eligibility list.


To apply for this position, please visit novatojobs.org


Applicants with a disability who may require special assistance in any step of the selection process should advise Human Resources by emailing hr@novato.org upon submittal of application.

The City of Novato is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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