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Police Officer (Academy Attendee and POST Grad)
City of Petaluma, Northern Bay Area

Law Enforcement

For more info contact:
[email protected]
(707) 778-4534
Close Date: Jul 20, 2017
Salary: $4,870.67 - $5,921.07 Monthly

The City of Petaluma invites applications for:

(Current Academy Attendee Trainee and Academy Grad)

Police Department

Salary Range: Police Officer Trainee $4,870.67 - $5,921.07 per month

Salary Range: Police Officer $5,891.60 - $7,165.60 per monthEmployee is required to make a contribution to CalPERS retirement on a pre-tax basis.


A Police Officer Trainee is a miscellaneous (not safety) member of CalPERS. Depending on prior or current membership in CalPERS, the employee contribution can range from 6.25% to 7% and may change in the future.

A Police Officer is a safety member of CalPERS.  Depending on prior or current membership in CalPERS, the employee contribution can range from 9% to 11.75% and may change in the future.  The City does not participate in Social Security.

This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and may close at any time. The first oral interviews are tentatively scheduled for the end of February.  To be considered for the first round, your application must be received by February 6, 2017.  

The Position
If you are currently attending or have graduated from a California POST accredited Police Academy you are invited to apply for this position.  A Police Officer Trainee is a non-sworn full-time employee of the City and is eligible for pay and benefits.  After successful completion of and graduation from the Police Academy, a Police Officer Trainee who continues to meet the employment standards of the City is eligible to be sworn in as a Police Officer and begin the Petaluma Police Department’s Field Training Program.  A complete copy of the job description can be found at

The Department
Petaluma Police Department is dedicated to providing the best law enforcement services to the community and it prides itself on community involved programs. Petaluma has a population of approximately 59,000 and encompasses nearly 13 square miles situated 40 miles north of San Francisco Bay Area on U.S. 101, and 30 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. The Police Department staffing includes 84.5 full time employees, including one Chief, five Lieutenants, nine Sergeants, forty-seven Officers, and other support staff.  In addition, the department has two K-9 Officers, Traffic Unit, Motorcycle Patrol, SWAT Team, Investigations Unit, and Reserve Community Service Officer Program (Volunteer). The Petaluma Police Department is proactive in Community Oriented Policing Philosophy.

Minimum Qualifications
At the time of application you must:
• Be at least 21 years of age at the time of graduation from the Police Academy.
• Have education equivalent to completion of high school.
• Possess a valid California Driver License.
• Be a current POST Academy Attendee or Graduate
• Have achieved a PELLET B T-Score of 42 or better or have the degree equivalent.
• Be a U.S. citizen or currently have a citizenship application in process. Refer to California Government Code Section 1031(a).

To be considered for this position, you are required to complete an application and supplemental questionnaire online at

Questions about the application and selection process can be directed to Sally Ricci, Human Resources Assistant at [email protected] or 707-778-4534.

Selection Process
All completed application documents will be reviewed. An application submitted without complete information will not be considered. A screening committee will evaluate the qualifications as presented in the application of each applicant who has met the minimum requirements for the position. The highest-ranking applicants will be invited to continue in the selection process. 

Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure that an applicant will continue in the process.  All applicants will be notified as to the status of their application. 

Hiring Requirements
Candidates being considered for selection will undergo a thorough background investigation, including by not limited to personal history, employment, education, military, State of California Department of Justice fingerprint search of records, DMV driving record, etc. A polygraph examination will be part of the background examination.  Prior to appointment, candidates must also successfully complete a Police Chief interview, pre-employment medical examination, a drug screen and a psychological evaluation. All statements made on application materials must be correct and will be subject to investigation and verification.

Special Accommodations
If you need special accommodation for any stage of the examination process, please visit the City’s website and complete the Special Testing Accommodation Request Form at  You may also contact the Human Resources Division at (707) 778-4534 or via email at [email protected]

Employee Benefits
Information on benefits plans is on the City of Petaluma’s Human Resources website.  Also refer to the Memorandum of Understanding for Unit 6 – Police located at

The City of Petaluma is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Note:  This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

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