THE POSITION Benefits Supplemental Questions
The Police Officer Trainee is responsible to perform law
enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and
enforce State and local municipal codes, violations, and traffic
regulations; to perform investigative work; to participate in and
provide support and assistance to special crime prevention and
enforcement programs; and to perform a variety of technical and
administrative tasks in support of the department.
This is the entry level class in the sworn Police Officer
series. The classification is desiged for candidates currently
attending a California POST-certified Regular Basic Course academy
or for those who will have successfully completed a California
POST-certified Regular Basic Course academy (Intensive, Extended,
or Modular formats) by time of appointment. This classification is
distinguished from the Police Officer by the performance of the
more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the
series since this class is typically used as work experience.
All applicants must submit POST-certified entrance examination
test results with their application. Written verification must be
on agency or academy letterhead where the test was administered and
must list the test date, type of test administered, and the
results. The results must show a minimum t-score of 45.0 dated
within 12 months from application. Failure to include the
POST-certified entrance examination test results with the
application will result in disqualification.
All applications who meet minimum qualifications and possess a
t-score of 45.0 or higher will be placed directly on an eligibility
list and may be contacted by the Modesto Police Department for a
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Human Resources reserves the right to revise the selection
process to best meet the needs of the City.
ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS: Essential and other
important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not
limited to, the following:
Patrol a designated area of the City to preserve law and order,
discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic
and other laws and ordinances; assist stranded motorists.
Answer calls and complaints involving automobile accidents,
robberies, and related misdemeanors and felonies; render first aid,
Respond to general public service calls including animal
complaints, domestic disturbances, civil complaints, property
control, and related incidents.
Collect, process, photograph, and present evidence using
scientific techniques including fingerprints, fibers, blood, and
related physical evidence.
Check buildings for physical security.
Serve as Field Training Officer, as assigned; train new officers
on departmental policies, procedures, and activities.
Enforce traffic laws and ordinances; check speed with radar;
issue warnings and citations.
Direct traffic at fire, special events, and other emergency or
Conduct investigations of serious injury and fatality traffic
Conduct traffic accident analyses and general traffic
Conduct a variety of criminal investigations involving crimes
against persons and property, auto theft, white-collar crime, and
narcotics; gather evidence and prepare cases for prosecution.
Identify suspects; conduct interviews and interrogations;
apprehend and arrest offenders.
Teach bicycle safety in accordance with state agencies.
Contact and interview victims and witnesses; preserve and
investigate crime scenes.
Conduct covert, undercover investigations, as assigned.
Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in
matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the
investigation of offenses.
Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law
enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the
general public; take an active role in areas of public education
related to crime and crime prevention.
Assist in the performance of special investigation and crime
prevention duties, as required.
Prepare reports on arrests made, activities performed, and
unusual incidents observed.
Make arrests, as necessary; interview victims, complainants, and
witnesses; interrogate suspects; administer polygraph tests; gather
and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.
Serve warrants within the department and to outside agencies;
remain current on laws and procedures for processing warrants.
Act as Watch Commander; review and approve reports of other
Perform a wide variety of laboratory tests and procedures
including narcotics testing; act as Department photographer;
testify in court as an expert witness.
Serve as Department Training Manager; review and assess training
needs and available programs; oversee and coordinate the attendance
of Departmental staff at training programs and seminars; research
policies and procedures related to training activities.
Serve as Crime Prevention Officer; oversee and coordinate crime
prevention activities; make presentations to local citizens and
Serve as Intelligence Officer or Gang Officer; gather crime
related intelligence information and conduct background
investigations; coordinate information and activities with outside
agencies and jurisdictions.
Investigate juvenile related crimes including child abuse and
juvenile narcotics; coordinate youth services with outside agencies
and organizations including local school districts; administer
community presentations and instruct assigned classes.
Participate in recruiting sworn staff; conduct background
investigations; interview potential job candidates and references;
administer voice stress analysis tests.
Give oral presentations at schools, clubs, and other community
Act as Department court liaison.
Build and maintain positive working relationships with
co-workers, other City employees, and the public using principles
of good customer service.
Observe and maintain a safe working environment in compliance
with established safety programs and procedures.
Perform related duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ability to:
Learn proper Police procedures and methods.
Analyze situations quickly and objectively, and determine and
take emergency and/or appropriate action.
Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Type at a reasonable speed necessary for successful job
performance (25 wpm).
Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system
including mobile dispatch terminals.
Meet the physical requirements established by the
Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.
Use and care for firearms.
Use maps and learn City geography.
Handle multiple assignments.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with
those contacted in the course of work.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word
processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING GUIDELINES
Any combination of experience and training 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 or GED equivalency.
Graduates of a California POST-certified Regular Basic Course: a
minimum of 30 units of college coursework from an accredited
college or university is desirable.
Candidates currently enrolled in a California POST-certified
Regular Basic Course: a minimum of 15 units of college coursework
from an accredited college or university is desirable.
License or Certificate:
Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid California
Police Officer Trainees must be currently attending or completed
a California POST certified Regular Basic Course (Intensive,
Extended, or Modular formats). Proof of completion of a California
POST certified Regular Basic Course is required by time of
appointment. Certificate must be dated within three years unless
candidate has qualifying service, as defined in the POST
Administrative Manual, Regulation 1008(b), within the past three
Minimum of 20 years of age at time of application.
Must meet physical requirements of the job established by the
Physical condition is, after examination by a licensed physician
and surgeon, free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition
that might adversely affect his/her exercise of powers as a Police
Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident
who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Mobility: pulling and pushing
objects, sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, bending, twisting,
turning, stooping, squatting, and climbing. Lifting: Ability to
perform tasks requiring strength and stamina, such as medium heavy
lifting and moving equipment and objects weighing 75 pounds and
continuously wearing a duty belt weight and other police equipment.
Vision: constant use of overall vision; frequent reading of work
papers, reports and special projects; color and depth vision;
ability to identify suspects and interpret and apply the law to
field situations; observation skills while conducting surveillance.
Dexterity: perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and
fine manipulation to use a computer and operate a motor vehicle.
Hearing/Talking: verbal communication including projecting a voice
that can be heard in a noisy environment, hearing and
distinguishing various sounds; explain the law to the public.
Emotional/Psychological: frequent concentration and decision
making, frequent public and coworker contact, ability to maintain
high level cognitive, observation and memory skills. Environmental:
Must be willing to work in office and field environment, including
life threatening emergencies
Work is performed in both an office and field environment and
requires travel from site to site. Overtime and shift work is