Police Recruit (Academy Bound) (20479906)

Law Enforcement
Sacramento/Metro Area
$35.64-$0.00 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


The Dixon Police Department is opening two positions for a Police Recruit to attend the Police Academy in July of 2024. The “Police Recruit” classification at the City of Dixon Police Department provides a unique opportunity for candidates to be sponsored through a P.O.S.T. certified basic academy during regular academy hours and any other scheduled departmental and academy exercise and activities.  Upon successfully completing the academy, Police Recruits shall be advanced to Police Officers and immediately begin the field training program to prepare them to function as solo officers. 

EMPLOYMENT PROCESSING:  Upon successful completion of academy, Police Officer appointees are required to complete a field training program and successfully complete an 18-month probationary period, and in accordance with Federal law, are to provide proof of identity and proof that they may legally work in the United States.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS will be applied. A copy of the DD214 form must be filed at the time of application.

The City of Dixon is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Reasonable Accommodation in the application, examination and selection process will be made upon request by calling 707-678-7000. 

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Ideal Candidate

This position will attend a P.O.S.T. certified basic academy and will receive on-the-job instructions to learn more about sworn police work. 

Education:  Equivalent to completion of the 12th grade. College level training is desirable.
Experience:  None required.

Other Requirements:

License: Must possess a valid California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record as a condition of hire and of continued employment.
Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for, and who has applied for, citizenship at least one year prior to application for employment. Application for citizenship shall not have been denied.

Police Service Standards: To be a candidate for a position of Police Officer Trainee, the
applicant must fulfill all of the following:

  • Age: The candidate shall be at least 20-1/2 years of age at the date of application.
  • Character & Background: The candidate shall possess traits including: initiative, alertness, integrity, reliability, courtesy, and good judgment; and shall not have been convicted by any state or by the Federal Government for a crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or a state prison.
  • Hearing: The candidate shall have normal hearing acuity.
  • Weight: Weight shall be in good proportion with height.
  • Physical & Mental Condition: The candidate shall be of sound physical condition and of good mentality and emotional maturity, in good health, demonstrable in psychological and medical tests.
  • Vision: The candidate shall possess normal color vision and visual functions.


This position is non-represented and covered by the Confidential Mid-Management and Professional Employees.  



Future Salary COLAs: 3.5% increase in July 2024

Medical: CalPERS Medical Insurance Plans, including HMOs and PPOs.  City gives an allowance toward the cost of insurance.  Maximum Family Medical Benefit Allowance (2024): $1,859 per month.

Retirement: CalPERS Retirement System (2% @ 60 formula for Classic CalPERS members and 2% @ 62 formula for new CalPERS members). Upon completion of the Police Academy, members will be transitioned into the Public Safety Retirement system. 

Bilingual Pay: $100 per month upon certification.

Uniforms: The newly hired Police Recruits shall receive the following items: 

  • Two Class A long sleeves shirts
  • Three Class B short sleeve shirts
  • Three Class B uniform trousers
  • One uniform tie
  • One uniform tie bar

This summary is subject to change without notice, and does not constitute either an expressed or an implied contract.  If conflicts between this summary and basic policy statements occur, the basic policy will prevail.

Special Instructions

What does it take to get hired as a Police Recruit?

1. Application - Apply during the open application period.  It is important you get your application in early as the allotted numbers of applications often fill quickly.  Applications and supplemental questions will be reviewed and screened weekly, and the most qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the examination process so that we are able to schedule for the Academy.

2. Personal History Statement - Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be asked to submit a Personal History Statement (PHS). 

3. Written Test - Either a PELLET B score of 45 or greater (within last 12 months) or an Associate’s Degree or higher. Information on the POST (PELLETB) can be found at:  https://post.ca.gov/LE-Entry-Level-Test-Battery-Applicant-FAQs

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department offers monthly testing. You can register for their exam at https://www.sacsheriff.com/pages/careers_training_academy.php 

4.  A valid California Driver's License and satisfactory driving record - Attach DMV Printout obtained from an official California DMV Office - www.DMV.ca.gov).   The online Driver Record is not an official document, but the City will accept either this or an official copy. The City will also accept an out of state/country DMV record. However, you will need to obtain a California State Driver’s License within 30 days of appointment.  

5. Physical Agility - Qualifying candidates may be required to pass the POST Work Sample Test Battery as the physical agility test. See below for details:

  • OBSTACLE COURSE/AGILITY RUN: Run a 99-yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb-height obstacles, and a 34-inch high obstacle that must be vaulted.
  • BODY DRAG: Lift and drag 165 pound lifelike dummy 32 feet.
  • CHAIN LINK FENCE: Run 5 yards to a 6-foot chain link fence, climb over fence, and continue running another 25 yards.
  • SOLID FENCE CLIMB: Run 5 yards to a 6-foot solid fence, climb over fence, and continue running another 25 yards.
  • 500 YARD RUN: Run 500 yards.

*** The minimum score for the WSTB is 384-points. The faster you go on each event, the higher the score.

6. Oral Interview - The top-performing candidates will be invited to interview.

7.  Livescan – Candidates who pass the oral interview will then be fingerprinted (Livescan) at the Dixon Police Department.

8. Polygraph – Will be scheduled once Livescan results come back.

9. Background - A hiring eligibility list will be presented to the Police Department. The Department will determine which candidates will proceed to the background process. If selected, a comprehensive background investigation will be conducted consistent with the standards established by the California Commission on POST.

10. Conditional Offer of Employment - If your background meets the standards for a career in law enforcement, the Department may extend a Conditional Offer of Employment.

11.  Chief's Interview

12. Official Offer of Employment

13. Pre-Employment Medical Exam - Qualifying candidates will be scheduled for a medical evaluation and a drug and alcohol screening.

14. Start the Academy 


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