CITY OF PACIFICA
Invites you to apply for the position of
POLICE OFFICER - Trainee
If you are on the path to becoming a police officer, and would like to attend the POST academy to graduate and obtain your POST Certification, this is the perfect opportunity to join our team!
Take this opportunity to explore our dynamic, full-service, community police department. The position is intended for you to attend a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)-certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy and receive the academic and physical training resulting in graduation and certification required for appointment to the classification of Police Officer.
THE TRAINEE POSITION:
Is designed to attend a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)-certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy and receive the academic and physical training resulting in graduation and certification required for appointment to the classification of Police Officer.
This classification is structured for the purpose of becoming a sworn police officer. Police Officer Trainees are hired into this position for the period prior and during the time they are assigned to a POST-certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Prior to performing a variety of professional law enforcement duties which include police patrol, investigation, traffic regulation, and related law enforcement activities.
Upon successful completion of training at the academy and upon the availability of a Police Officer position, Police Officer Trainees will be sworn in and appointed to the classification of Police Officer at the beginning of the following pay period.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Attend a POST-certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system including knowledge of laws, police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid and physical fitness.
Receive training to develop an awareness of Police Department functions, as well as the responsibilities of Police Officers and how those responsibilities relate to field operations.
Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Successfully complete a POST-Basic Law Enforcement Academy including classroom instruction, physical agility and use of firearms.
Learn proper police procedures and methods.
Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents and places.
Think and act quickly in emergencies and to judge situations and people accurately.
Understand and interpret laws and regulations.
Prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports.
Become proficient in self-defense techniques.
Become proficient in the care and use of firearms.
Follow oral and written instructions.
Deal courteously and effectively with the general public.
Experience and Training Guidelines:
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Education and Training:
- Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. Sixty (60) units of credit from an accredited college or two (2) years of Military Service in lieu of college is desirable.
- Must show proof of passing the PELLETB test with a minimum T-Score of 50
- Successful completion of the WSTB test (physical agility).
Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of and ability to maintain a valid California Driver’s License.
Necessary Special Qualifications:
- Free of any felony convictions.
- A citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (Government Code Para. 1031).
- Age, not less than 21 years at time of appointment.
- Vision in each eye, correctable to at least 20/30.
- Must pass a background investigation.
- Must meet all Department medical, physical and psychological standards.
ADA Special Requirement:
Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:
Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, squat, stoop, reach, crawl, twist, climb, and lift 50 pounds: exposure to cold, heat, extreme noise, outdoors, confining work space, electrical hazards, chemicals, dust, toxic waste, mechanical hazards, and explosive materials.
The ideal Police Officer candidate will work effectively in a department of 35 sworn officers and 5 non-sworn employees and embrace a community focus.
The Department handles over 20,000 calls for service each year. Patrol cars are equipped with video cameras and laptop computers. The department is located on Highway 1 in a state-of-the-art 18,000 sq. ft. facility. The department offers in-house training, county task force assignments and state-of-the-art equipment.
As Police Officers:
HOLIDAYS: Thirteen (13) days per year.
VACATION: From 11 to 20 days per year, depending on length of service.
SICK LEAVE: Accrual is one day per month, with no limit on accrual. Unused sick leave may be used as service credit towards CalPERS retirement.
RETIREMENT: City contracts with CalPERS to provide a retirement plan utilizing the formula for 2.7% at 57 years of age for "NEW" CalPERS members. Individuals with prior CalPERS service may be eligible for other retirement formulas.
INSURANCE: Health benefits are offered through the CalPERS Health Program. The City will contribute toward the cost of health benefits to cover a majority of the premium, based on coverage level. The City offers vision through VSP; self-funded dental plan through Delta Dental, typically covering 100% paid premiums of dental expenses and $2,000 in orthodontic benefits annually.
The City pays premiums for life insurance equal to one time annual salary.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION: The City contributes $6.69 per pay period to one of three City-offered deferred compensation plans: ICMA-RC, or Nationwide Retirement Solutions, or CalPERS.
SECOND LANGUAGE INCENTIVE: Upon successful completion of proficiency examination, City pays $372 per month in addition to base salary for proficiency in Spanish, Tagalog, and Chinese.