Union City

Police Officer Trainee (20041404)

Law Enforcement
East Bay
$41.13-$41.13 Hourly

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


34009 Alvarado-Niles Road Union City, 94587


*Effective the first full pay periods following 1/1/2023 and 1/1/2024, a 3% Cost of Living increase and up to 4% equity adjustment will be applied to the hourly wage for the Police Officer Trainee position (totaling 14% in two years).



Under direct supervision, the Police Officer Trainee attends a Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) approved Police Basic Recruit Academy and successfully completes the academic and physical training required for appointment to the classification of Police Officer Recruit II. 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.



Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Participate in a P.O.S.T 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.
  • Learns proper handling and firing of firearms, report writing and emergency vehicle operation. 
  • Develops an understanding and working knowledge of the California Penal, Vehicle, Health and Safety Codes. 
  • Develops an understanding of proper evidence collection and preservation methods.

Ideal Candidate



Education and Experience: 

Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: 

High school diploma, GED, or equivalent.


Licenses and Certificates: 

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record.

Possession of P.O.S.T PELLET-B “T-Score” of at least 48 points or a National Testing Network (NTN) score of 70% reading, 70% writing, and 65% video, dated within one year of application.

Possession of a Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) Physical Agility Test Score of at least 320 points and a passing 1.5 mile run time (14 minutes or less). Test scores must be dated within one year of application.


Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Basic law enforcement terminology, methods and techniques for dealing with people under hostile and emergency situations.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation;
  • Use and basic capabilities of computerized record and information systems. Safe work methods and safety regulations.

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.
  • Remain calm and control 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. 
  • Clearly communicate orally and in writing.
  • 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.


Other Requirements: 

  • Must pass a background investigation which meets the P.O.S.T.-mandated guidelines for Peace Officer Applicants.
  • Must be at least 20.5 years of age at appointment.
  • Must meet all Department medical, physical and psychological standards.
  • Must have 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.


  • Retirement: CalPERS enrollment where employee will be responsible for 7% 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. 
  • There are no Social Security deductions (except 1.45% Medicare)
  • The City provides medical insurance to the employee only.
  • All necessary equipment is provided.

Special Instructions


Application and resume should be completed on-line via the CalOpps website.

You must attach the following test results as part of your application:

  • P.O.S.T. PELLET-B “T-Score” with a minimum acceptable score of 48 or NTN minimum scores as follows: 70% Reading, 70% Writing and 65% Video.  Test results must be dated within one year of application. 
  • Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) Physical Agility Test with a minimum acceptable score of 320 and a passing 1.5 mile run time (14 minutes or less).  Test scores must be dated within one year of application. 

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Application and resume will be reviewed and evaluated using, in part, the criteria contained in this posting.

The selection process may consist of one or more of the following components: a written exam, an oral interview, and medical exam.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process and notified by e-mail. Successful candidates’ names will be placed on an employment eligibility list. The eligibility list will remain in effect for a minimum of one year from the date the list is established. Additional vacancies that occur for this classification may be hired from the list. 

The City of Union City provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, upon request. Please contact the Human Resources Department (hr@unioncity.org) if you will need reasonable accommodation for any aspect of the selection process.

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



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