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Police Officer Trainee

Company: City of Palm Springs
Location: palm springs
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Position Summary

The Police Officer - Trainee is an entry level , non-sworn training position. Police Officer Trainees undergo a formal and comprehensive California Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Certified Basic Academy training program sponsored by the City of Palm Springs. Upon completion of training and graduation from the Academy with an acceptable standing, a candidate is eligible for placement as a sworn Police Officer with the City of Palm Springs.

A qualified candidate for Police Trainee must be prepared and available to attend a full-time Basic Academy for a period of up to 6 months.

The Police Academy provides training in basic criminal investigation processes and techniques; preparation of various reports; analysis of situations to make appropriate decisions under stressful situations; testify and present evidence in court, and practices and theory in criminal and civil law enforcement.

Upon placement as a sworn Police Officer with the City of Palm Springs, this position provides services in the enforcement of laws, the protection of persons and property, and the prevention of crimes; controls traffic flow and enforces State and local traffic regulations; and performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the Police Department.

Examples of Essential and General Responsibilities

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Police Trainee - While enrolled in the Police Academy.

* Participate for successful completion in a prescribed law enforcement officer training program for entry level Police Officer, including training in report writing, laws of arrest and seizure, defensive driving, California Vehicle and Penal Codes, officer survival, and physical fitness. * Maintain standards of mental and physical fitness throughout the training program. * Maintain acceptable class standing and adhere to professional conduct.

Sworn Police Officer - Following graduation from the Academy and upon appointment to the position.

* Patrol a designated area of the City to preserve law and order and discover and prevent the commission of crimes; enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances. * Respond to general public service and crime victim calls, traffic hazards, stray animal reports and related misdemeanors and felony incidents. * Plan, execute, write and serve search warrants; search suspects, vehicles, residences and buildings for evidence, contra band and lost or missing people. * Serve arrest warrants; make arrests for crimes committed under penal and institute codes; perform booking procedures for new prisoners; contact and interview witnesses to gain additional information. * Process and store evidence and property found at various crime scenes; maintain records and enter data into computer as necessary. * Investigate organized crime and gang activities, subjects, groups and representatives relative to assigned area of responsibility; collect intelligence information and produce cases and reports for presentation to the District Attorney. * Review and investigate reports relating to vehicle theft and accidents. * Conduct a variety of investigations relative to assigned area of responsibility including narcotics, property and persons; gather information from witnesses and informants; interview suspects; prepare reports and follow up on investigations. * Testify in juvenile and civil courts and DMV hearings; prepare and process court reports. * Maintain and operate specialized police surveillance equipment including transmitters, radios and cameras. * Develop, conduct and participate in training exercises and classes; respond to and resolve questions and concerns; stay abreast of current crime trends and innovative policing techniques; implement new information into training programs as appropriate. * Perform unique duties of assigned area of responsibility including SWAT, K-9, bicycle and mounted police units. * Assist other investigators and police divisions in related investigative activities. * May serve in a lead capacity in the absence of immediate supervisor. * Provide news releases to the media; conduct television interviews for public awareness. * Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Minimum and Preferred Requirements

Minimum requirements must be clearly demonstrated on the application to be considered, however, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to compete further in the selection process. Experience requirements must be demonstrated in the "Work Experience" section of the application, other sections of the application will not be used to determine experience qualifications. Qualifications noted as "desirable" are not included as part of the minimum requirements.


This is an entry level position and no previous experience is required to apply for this position.


High School Diploma or equivalent education is required.

License or Certificates:

* Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver License with a satisfactory driving record (a driving record may be deemed unsatisfactory for any of the following reasons: three or more moving violations or reportable accident within the last three years; conviction of driving under the influence within the last five years) is required. * Possession of or ability to obtain a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate within approximately 6 months of hire is required. * Possession of, or ability to obtain an appropriate, valid C.P.R. Certificate is required.

Additional Special Requirements:

* Cannot be related to any other employee in the Police Department. * Must be 21 years of age or greater. * Incumbents are enrolled in the California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Pull Notice Program. The DMV Pull Notice Program provides information on the incumbents driving record and driving record status on a periodic basis to the City. * Must plan to reside within 1 hour driving distance from the Palm Springs Police Department. * Must successfully complete a pre-employment background investigation including a criminal history check for job related convictions, fingerprinting, polygraph screening, credit check, psychological screening and a physical and drug screen. * Must be prepared and available to attend a full-time Basic Academy.

Working Conditions:

The following work environment and physical conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.

This position works in an emergency police services environment; travels from site to site and has exposure to potentially hostile environments and may be required to maintain physical condition necessary for bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, running, standing, sitting, walking or driving for prolonged periods and have the ability to discharge a firearm.

Application and Exam Information

A completed application and supplemental questionnaire are required by the closing date and time. As a candidate for the position, you will want to be sure your application accurately reflects your skills and abilities as they relate to the position to achieve maximum opportunity. Applications will be reviewed carefully, and only those who appear to have the best qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process. Minimum requirements must be clearly demonstrated on the application to be considered as this information will be used to determine minimum qualifications. Experience requirements must be demonstrated in the "Work Experience" section of the application, other sections of the application will not be used to determine experience qualifications. Resumes and other documents may be submitted, however they will not be used to determine minimum qualifications, please do not use phrases such as "see attached" or "see resume" as they will not be considered. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to compete further in the process.

Selection Process Information

Applicants successful in passing minimum qualifications will be invited, via email, to submit written examination scores through National Testing Network (NTN) for the Frontline National Law Enforcement Test. Please do not submit written examination scores prior to receiving an email invitation. Visit the NTN website HERE to view testing information and to take practice examinations.

Upon completion of the entry level exam, all applicant scores are forwarded to the City of Palm Springs Department of Human Resources. An applicant must receive a minimum score of 70% in each of the examination components in order to continue in the selection process.

Applicants that pass the entry level exam may be invited to continue in the selection process for this position which may include one or more of the following: qualification review, physical agility exam, oral panel exam and department interview. Candidates must successfully pass each stage of the selection process above in order to continue to the next step. This process may be modified or changed depending on the number of qualified candidates.

Please remember to submit all your application materials by the closing date and time. Incomplete or applications received after the closing date and time cannot be considered. All information on the application is subject to investigation and verification.

For more information on completing your application materials click here.

If you are ready to join exciting Team Palm Springs and you meet the requirements detailed above, please click the apply button. For more information contact Human Resources at:

The City of Palm Springs

3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way

Palm Springs, CA 92262


Applications will be accepted until filled. The City of Palm Springs reserves the right to accelerate or extend the "Closing Date" of open positions at any time, dependent upon the number of applications received.

The City of Palm Springs is an equal employment opportunity employer and we encourage all persons to file applications. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, family or marital status, disability, medical condition or pregnancy, genetic information, religious or political affiliation, or veteran status.

Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of Palm Springs Employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.

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