Job Title:                        Police Officer Trainee

Closing Date/Time:      Mon. 03/27/17 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Salary:                             $31.26 - $41.89 Hourly
$5,418.09 - $7,260.75 Monthly
$65,017.02 - $87,129.02 Annually 

Job Type:                       Full-Time

Location:                        City of Escondido, California




Testing Dates:
Written Exam: Friday, April 21, 2017
Physical Agility Test/PIQ: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Oral Interviews: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 & Thursday, May 4, 2017

If you want to join a hard-working team that shares a commitment to provide top-quality municipal services in a prime North County location, consider a career with the City of Escondido. We have an opening for the position of Police Officer Trainee in our Police Department. For a complete listing of job duties and qualifications, please refer to the corresponding job description, which can be obtained from the Human Resources Department or downloaded from the City's website.

Under general supervision, patrols a beat or sector; enforces laws and ordinances and makes arrests; protects life and property and performs the necessary related tasks to fulfill these objectives; performs related duties as required.



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 Key Responsibilities:

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Patrols assigned areas by car, bike, motorcycle or on foot.

Answers calls for assistance, including investigation of crimes, deaths; accidents and injuries; Conducts initial and follow-up investigations.

Enforces, controls and directs traffic when appropriate.

Stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of the law and  enforces traffic violations; warns drivers against illegal practices.

Performs arrests for all criminal violations of law.

Testifies in court in connection with the prosecution of offenders.

Serves warrants and subpoenas.

Administers first aid in emergency cases.

Answers complaints on such problems as domestic disturbances, obnoxious animals, health code and local ordinance violations.

Investigates suspicious circumstances.

Takes custody of stolen, lost or found property and evidence.

Performs crowd control, parade or riot work.

Takes crime prevention measures and assists in controlling problems of juvenile delinquency; Performs detective work in criminal investigation and identification work.

Transports prisoners to be booked at county jail.

Furnishes information and directions to the public.

Submits complete written reports on all cases investigated.

Participates in required training courses and programs.

Supervision may be exercised over non-sworn positions.

Provides vacation and temporary relief as assigned.

Knowledge of:
The principles, methods, materials, equipment, and techniques of peace officers.
Crime scene procedures.
Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information on peace officers.
State and federal statutes and case law covering contraband, drugs, and the use of physical evidence in court, the rules of criminal procedures concerning time limits, discovery, evidence, and expert witnesses.
Police Department policies, procedures, rules, regulations and unit functions.
Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.
Customer service principles and techniques.
English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Ability to:
Prepare clear and concise police reports.
Interpret, apply, and make decisions in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
Analyze emergency situations and adopt quick, reasonable and effective courses of action.
Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.
Lift and move objects of moderate to heavy weight.
Maintain a calm and professional demeanor at all times.
Participate in the high level of customer service to internal and external customers.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing software applications.
Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and Maintain effective working relationships with other employees, staff, vendors and the public.


 Minimum Requirements:

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

General Standards:

Fingerprinted and a search made of local, state and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.
Not convicted of a felony by any State or Federal Government of a crime including imprisonment in a Federal or State prison.
Good moral character as determined by a polygraph examination and a thorough background investigation as prescribed in Specification #1, Personal History Statement.
Successfully complete requirements of medical and psychological evaluation.
A United States citizen or qualify as a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
Must not be less than 21 years of age at time of appointment.

Entry Level Trainee


High school graduate or equivalent.

Written test is required.

Applicants who have successfully passed probation with a Federal Police Agency are not required to take the written test but are required to attend a California POST certified police academy if they do not possess a POST Basic Course Waiver certificate.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid Class C California driver's license at time of appointment.