Police Officer Trainee

Agency: Cypress Police Department

Location: Cypress CA

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement


Salary:  $30.23 Hourly

Job Type: Temporary

Job Number: 00174

Closing: 4/21/2017 5:00 PM Pacific

The position of Police Officer Trainee is a temporary, agency-sponsored position during attendance at a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) approved Police Academy.  The Police Officer Trainee is a non-sworn position and attends formalized training at a police academy to learn practices, procedures and techniques of law enforcement, crime prevention, community policing, first aid, physical conditioning and handling of weapons.  Under the general supervision of Academy Command Staff and a Cypress Police Sergeant or Officer, a Police Officer Trainee is expected to actively participate, maintain an acceptable class standing at all times during training and successfully complete the prescribed training program with acceptable results in order to effectively perform the duties of a sworn Police Officer.


Example of Duties

Police Officer Essential Functions

Under the general supervision of a Police Sergeant or Police Commander, a Police Officer performs a variety of public safety duties in the enforcement of law and order.  Duties include, but are not limited to:

Patrol assignment in police unit, answer calls and act for the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of City, County and State laws.

Conduct preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, burglaries, deaths and other criminal incidents.

Make arrests as necessary.

Interview victims, complainants and witnesses.

Interrogate suspects/gather and preserve information.

Testify and present evidence in court.

Work cooperatively with other law enforcement agencies.

Prepare legible and accurate written reports on a timely basis. 

Search, fingerprint and transport prisoners.

Direct traffic.

Maintain positive relationships with those contacted in the performance of duties.

Adhere to all safety rules and regulations.

Perform other duties as required under emergency situations or as assigned.

A Police Officer is eligible for special assignments based on years of experience, skills, abilities, qualifications, and acceptable performance.


Typical Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Ability to:

Meet the requirement for sworn Police Officer contained in the California State Government Code.


High school diploma or G.E.D.  A Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration or related field from an accredited college or university is desirable.

Other Requirements:

                     Minimum age of 21 at time of appointment.

                     Must be of good moral character with no felony convictions.

                     Must have a U.S. citizenship or have filed application for citizenship.

                     Must have a valid California Class "C" driver license and an acceptable driving record.

                     Bilingual skills are highly desirable.


Physical Requirements:
Requires heavy lifting, carrying, climbing, running and exposure to potentially hazardous situations and environmental conditions.  Applicant's vision must be 20/70 uncorrected and 20/20 corrected.  Color vision must be normal.  Applicant's hearing must be consistent with POST guidelines.  Applicant must be in good physical condition as determined by a medical examination, with weight proportion to height.


Most law enforcement agencies require candidates to pass a qualification exam.

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