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Police Officer Trainee



The Police Officer Trainee is a non-sworn, full-time, benefited position within the police department. The incumbent in this position is preparing for, or currently participating in, a full-time California Basic Police Academy authorized and certified under the guidelines of the California Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).


A Field Training Officer (FTO) from the Turlock Police Department’s field training staff supervises this position with general supervision provided by the Field Operations Division Managers (Captain or Lieutenants), as assigned. The Police Officer Trainee may be assigned to work for any division within the department before or after attending the police academy, or during extended breaks from the academy, and prior to being officially sworn-in as a regular full-time police officer with the City of Turlock.


This is an entry-level classification designed to allow for the assessment, hiring, and training of suitable candidates for the position of Police Officer. The Police Officer Trainee is expected to prepare for, attend, and successfully pass – at all stages – a P.O.S.T. certified Basic Police Academy program selected by the Department. This is a non-represented position. The incumbent will serve an eighteen (18) month probation period. Failure to make satisfactory progress before, during, or after the Basic Police Academy may be cause for release from the program. Duties and responsibilities are to be performed in accordance with municipal codes, ordinances, City policy, and related regulating entities. Upon successful completion of the Basic Police Academy program, the incumbent will be appointed to the Police Officer I position and will serve a new 18-month probationary period.


  • Attain and maintain the ability to successfully enter and complete a POST certified California police academy.
  • Complete a firearms course to achieve a qualifying score for firearms qualification under California Penal Code Section 832.
  • Attend classroom activities, scenarios, physical training and other assigned duties, tasks and assignments in the Police Academy.
  • Complete all graded work with a satisfactory score.
  • Maintain honor, demeanor and self-control to the satisfaction of the Recruit Training Officer (RTO) and assigned Turlock FTO.
  • Maintain a moral, ethical and legal standard commensurate with the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.
  • Successfully pass the prescribed and required department firearms training course.
  • Follow instructions and directions of assigned supervisors, completing tasks correctly and in a timely manner.
  • Cooperates with other law enforcement agencies.
  • Confers with supervisor on progress and problems concerning assigned duties and tasks.
  • Other duties appropriate for the non-sworn position.


  • Demonstrate an ability to learn and implement police procedures and methods.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action; ability to observe, assimilate, remember, record and recall pertinent facts and details.
  • Learn laws of arrest and pertinent local, state, and federal laws.
  • Learn criminal investigations techniques and procedures.
  • Learn the safe use and care of firearms.
  • Exercise restraint and good judgment in a variety of emergency situations.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Prepare accurate case reports; write clearly, accurately, concisely, legibly and in correct grammatical structure and with correct syntax.
  • Use a computer and various software applications.
  • Meet established standards of physical endurance, agility, health, and vision.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work


Although no law enforcement or public safety experience is necessary for this entry-level position, the candidate must demonstrate the life-experience and common sense necessary to achieve a satisfactory score from assessors on the initial interview panel.



Twenty-one (21) years old at time of appointment as a Police Officer.

Proof of age is copy of an official United States issued birth certificate or any document accepted for proof of citizenship.


Pursuant to California Government Code 1031 (a): Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.

Proof of citizenship requirement is copy of an official United States issued birth certificate or official United States naturalization documentation.


Be a high school graduate from a United States public school, an accredited United States Department of Defense high school or an accredited or approved public or nonpublic high school.

Or pass the General Education Development Test indicating high school graduation level.

Or pass the California High School Proficiency Examination.

a two (2) year, four (4) year, or advanced degree from an accredited college or university is desirable.

Proof of education is a copy of one of the following: A high school diploma, a college degree, a high school transcript, a college transcript or, if applicable, GED or Proficiency Exam certificates.


Possession of a valid California Driver's license – minimum “Class C” – to be maintained as a condition of continued employment.

A copy of your driver’s license is required.


Possession of an advanced first aid certificate issued by the American Red Cross must also be obtained within six (6) months of appointment. Successful completion of a certified California Basic Police Academy within the first twelve (12) months is a condition of continued employment.


Must take and pass the P.O.S.T. academy physical fitness test with a score required to enter the police academy. The test will be given as part of the application process.

Maintain physical ability and stamina to meet police and safety standards including: See well enough to drive vehicles, make valid identifications, use firearms, write reports; and, hear well enough to converse on the radio, telephone, and in person over incident noise, to be alert to situations of danger; and, bodily mobility to make rapid transitions from rest to near maximal exertion without warm-up periods, stamina and endurance necessary in the apprehension of suspects, use of hands and fingers to write, to utilize safety gear, and drive vehicles; and, must be able to lift equipment as necessary.

          For questions about City employment, please contact:

          Human Relations
          156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
          Turlock, CA 95380-5454
          (209) 668-5150

          Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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