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Police Officer Trainee

Company: City of Modesto, CA
Location: Modesto
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

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 selection interview.

For more information about becoming a Police Officer with the Modesto Police Department, click here.

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:

Essential Functions:

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, as required.

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 congested situations.

Conduct investigations of serious injury and fatality traffic accidents.

Conduct traffic accident analyses and general traffic surveys.

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 Police Officers.

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 community groups.

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 organizations.

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.

Marginal Functions:

Perform related duties as assigned.


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 Department.

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 writing.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.


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:


None required.


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 driver's license.

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 years.

Additional Requirements:

Minimum of 20 years of age at time of application.

Must meet physical requirements of the job established by the department.

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 Officer.

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 required.

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