Union City

Police Officer Trainee

Law Enforcement
East Bay
3/30/2018 at 5pm or until 300 applicants
$31.08-$31.08 Hourly

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


34009 Alvarado-Niles Road Union City, 94587


A Great Place to Work

The City of Union City, a general law city, is the gateway to the Silicon Valley and a recipient of the 1999 All-America City award. Union City is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and we are proud of our culturally diverse population of 72,155. We have safe and award winning schools, and we are close to shopping and transportation. The City of Union City offers home loans to those interested in residing in the community. Also, our community is near parklands such as Coyote Hills and the Alameda Regional Trails and in our residential community you will enjoy over 33 parks, a City owned Sports Center and our mild climate year round.       

The Council-Manager municipal government has over 225 full-time staff.
The Police Department was formed in 1966 and is currently staffed by 81 sworn and 27 civilian positions. The Department is a dynamic and enthusiastic service oriented organization with an annual budget of more than $27 million.

To be considered as a candidate for Police Officer Trainee, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

To attend a Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) approved Police Basic Recruit Academy and successfully complete the academic and physical training required for appointment to the classification of Police Officer.

This is a trainee level classification which provides transition into the position of Police Officer. Police Officer Trainees are hired into this civilian position for the period prior and during the time they are assigned to a POST certified police academy. Upon successful completion of training at an academy and upon the availability of a Police Officer Recruit II position, Police Officer Trainees are sworn in and appointed to the classification of Police Officer Recruit II.

Receives close supervision and evaluation on a daily basis by academy staff. Limited supervision by department training supervisor and/or manager during regular academy visits.



Ideal Candidate

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Attends a basic POST certified police 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.

  • Receives 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.

  • Receives academy and field training to become a Police Officer.

Ability to:

  • Successfully complete all academy requirements.

  • Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents and places.

  • Make rapid, sound independent judgements within legal and procedural guidelines.

  • Remaining calm and have the ability to control own emotions in tense situations.

  • Prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports and other written material.

  • Understand and following oral and written direction, to include interpreting and applying complex laws, procedures and policies.

  • Be able to utilize both written and oral communication.

  • Become proficient in self-defense techniques.

  • Become proficient in the care and use of firearms.

  • Become proficient in basic law enforcement terminology and concepts.

  • Deal courteously and effectively with people of all diverse, cultural, and socio-economic levels under hostile and emergency situations.

  • Learn the principles, practices, procedures, laws and ordinances, terminology and operation of equipment used in law enforcement and crime prevention and investigation.


  • Must obtain POST “T-Score” of 48 points or higher (mandatory to apply).  POST "T-Score" must be dated within 12 months of test date indicated on the verification letter.

  • Must possess a valid C driver's license with a satisfactory driving record.

  • Age, not less than 21 years at time of appointment.

  • Must possess the equivalent of a high school diploma.

  • Possession of an Associate’s Degree from an accredited college is desired.

  • Must complete academy physical conditioning requirements.

  • Must be free of any felony convictions.

  • Must pass a comprehensive background investigation.

  • Must meet all Department medical, physical and psychological standards.

  • Vision 20/30 corrected visual acuity (both eyes) or 20/80 uncorrected visual acuity (both eyes) for those wearing spectacles or hard contact lenses.

  • In accordance with Government Code Section 1031 and 1031.5, to be appointed as a peace officer in California, you must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. Citizenship status must be conferred within three years of applying for citizenship.

Essential duties require the mental and/or physical ability to: work in a standard office environment and use standard office equipment and current software; to work in a field environment in various weather conditions; grasp, perform repetitive hand movements and fine coordination to prepare documents and data using a computer keyboard and mouse/trackball; sit for prolonged periods of time; walk, stand, crouch, reach, twist, tum, kneel, bend, squat, stoop, run and safely lift and move equipment and material weighing up to 45 pounds; converse by telephone, by email, in person, and to small or large groups and be clearly understood; read and comprehend legal, technical, and complex documents, interact with the public and all different levels of City staff in an effective and professional manner; and safely drive to various locations throughout the City and County to fulfill assigned duties.

Essential duties/functions must be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Police Officer Trainees are considered at-will employees. Police officer probationary status begins when the trainee is sworn in as a Police Officer Recruit II after completion of the police academy.


  • Retirement: CalPERS enrollment in either 2% @60 (Classic Employees) or the 2% @62 (New Employees) formula is dependent on the individual’s eligibility as per AB 340. The employee will be responsible for 9% of the CalPERS retirement plan. After completion of the academy the CalPERS Retirement Benefit will be Classic Employees: 3% @55 benefit, 3-year final average compensation; New Employees: 2.7% @57 benefit, 3-year final average compensation
  • Required PERS contributions vary by plan. All required contributions are tax deferred. No Social Security deductions (except 1.45% Medicare)
  • There are no Social Security deductions (except 1.45% Medicare)
  • The City provides medical insurance to the employee only.
  • All safety equipment provided which includes a Glock .40 cal semi-automatic pistol and protective vest

Recruitment Process:
Application and supplemental questionnaire, should be completed on-line via the CalOpps website.
You must have a T-Score minimum passing test score of 48 and submit proof of this with your application.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. 

The Selection Process
Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee that you will be invited to participate in the process. Only the candidates that have the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirement and duties of the position will continue in the selection process. The process will include an oral panel interview with law enforcement professionals, may also include an interview with Operation and Support Services Managers, and other related test components.

Candidates deemed to be most qualified during the exam processes will have their names placed on an employment eligibility list, which will be used for placement consideration. The eligibility list will remain in effect for one year from the date established, and may be used if additional vacancies occur.

A limited number of applicants will be subjected to a polygraph examination, a thorough examination of their personal background, a thorough medical examination, and a psychological assessment.

The Examination Process
Union City will make reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities. If you feel you will need accommodations, you must notify the Human Resources Department at (510) 675-5339 and provide a reasonable amount of time for arrangements to be made.

Authorization to Work
Before an appointment may be made to the position, the person selected must provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States, according to the federal law.

Please note that this announcement does not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revised without notice.

The City of Union City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.


Special Instructions

For complete Recruitment & Selection process please be sure to print & read the attached Recruitment Process document.

Application materials, including requested documents and answers to the questionnaire, will be reviewed and screened using in part criteria outlined in this posting. Only those individuals whose applications clearly demonstrate they most closely meet the needs of this position will be invited to continue in the process, which may include an oral board panel interview and other assessment components. 

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