Police Officer Trainee

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Police Officer Trainee is an entry level position.  Applicants for this position typically have little or no directly related law enforcement experience.  Applicants that are hired for this position will be paid by the Roseville Police Department to attend a P.O.S.T. certified basic academy during regular academy hours and any other scheduled departmental and academy exercises and activities.  A Police Officer Trainee receives immediate supervision from police academy staff and receives technical and functional supervision from an assigned Field Training Officer.  Successful completion of the academy is required to continue employment and be promoted to a Police Officer.  Learn more about the P.O.S.T. certified basic academy by visiting the California P.O.S.T. website.   

NOTE: Employees must be tobacco free and cannot use tobacco products on or off duty

Below you will find important information about the Academy Graduate position:

If you have additional questions after reading this info, please contact a recruiter.

Benefits and Compensation Packages:

As a Police Officer Trainee:
  • Salary: Between $3,761 and $5,292 monthly
  • PERS Retirement: 2% at 62
  • $1,248 city contribution toward medical, dental, and vision plans
Upon Promotion to Police Officer:
  • Salary: Up to $6,848 per month
  • PERS Retirement: 2.7% at 57
  • $1,368 city contribution towards medical, dental, & vision plans
  • On-duty physical fitness program
  • Special Assignments, Canine, Motor, Commercial Enforcement, DUI, Investigations, Youth Services Officer, Auto Theft Task Force, Special Investigations Unit, Vice/Narcotics Investigations, Crime Suppression Unit, SWAT, Parks/Downtown Patrol, EOD, Rapid Containment Team.
  • Take home patrol cars during your work week
  • Up to 12.5% education incentive for eligible degrees and POST Certificates
  • Longevity Steps - 2.5% at 10 years and 5% at 15 years
  • 3/11, 4/11 work schedule (9 hour training day every 6 weeks)
  • Retiree Medical Health Savings Account
  • Bilingual Incentives
  • Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Safety equipment, dry cleaning, and uniforms provided
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The Selection Process:

Applications will be screened and those meeting the qualifications will be invited to the testing process. The testing process consists of the following:

Applicants successful in both the written and physical agility exams will be scheduled for an oral interview exam (weighted 100%).  Scores earned from the oral exam will establish the employment list. 

Final appointment is contingent upon passing the following:

  • Background investigation
  • Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA),
  • Psychological examination,
  • City-paid pre-employment physical,
  • Drug and alcohol screening.
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Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge of:
  • Computer equipment and key boarding (typing).
  • Basic principles of business letter writing and crime report preparation, including English usage, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Basic arithmetic, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and calculation of percentages.
  • Principles and practices of good customer service.
  • Principles and practices of effective interpersonal communication.
  • Principles and practices of safety management.

Ability to:

  • Learn principles and practices of law enforcement organization, methods and techniques.
  • Learn use of firearms and other modern police equipment and communications and information systems related to law enforcement.
  • Learn to perform sworn law enforcement duties.
  • Learn to interpret and apply City law enforcement policies and procedures including Police Department policy manual, and related state and federal laws.
  • Learn pertinent local, State, and federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of a sworn Police Officer's job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; remember accounts given by witnesses; identify crime suspects; interpret and apply the law to field situations; observe while conducting surveillance; problem solve crime situations; and explain law to public.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk or in patrol vehicle; walk and stand during patrol activities; bend, squat and kneel during inspection of crime scene or conducting building searches; climb stairs and/or ladders while in the field; twist while making arrests; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; run and walk; continuously wear utility belt and other police equipment of 30 pounds; and intermittently carry weight of 100 pounds or less.
  • Express himself/herself in English in a clear, distinct, and understandable manner when speaking to individuals, to people of different socio-economic levels; before various public and community groups, and when testifying in court.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.  
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Licenses or Certificates:
  • Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade from a United States high school.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license appropriate to area of assignment by date of appointment.
  • Must obtain CPR and First Aid certificates within first 12 months of employment.
  • Must be age 21 by date of appointment.
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- Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Patrol assigned area to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover crimes, and to enforce traffic regulations; respond to calls and complaints involving traffic accidents, robberies, disturbances, and other misdemeanors and felonies and take necessary police action, including making arrests.
  • Actively enforce traffic laws through observation, use of LIDAR, traffic checkpoints, DUI suspicion stops, special event/parade/street closures and/or responding to emergency situations, investigate traffic accidents, as appropriate.
  • Investigate crimes against persons and property; interview victims and witnesses, search for, collect, evaluate, and secure property and evidence; make arrests; prepare and maintain investigative case records.
  • Investigate narcotic, vice and computer crimes.
  • Provide testimony in court related to assigned duties.
  • Serve as a field training officer or background investigator, as assigned; may be designated as an acting supervisor.
  • Perform duties related to operational and/or administrative assignments such as canine unit, youth activities, police certification and standards.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public as appropriate.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the public using principles of good customer service; practice community oriented policing strategies.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
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