Police Academy Trainee

Job title: Police Academy Trainee

Company: City of Manhattan Beach

Job description: JOB SUMMARYThis is a continuous posting and may close at any time, and without prior notice. Prompt application is encouraged. Below are the upcoming testing dates for this position. Please note that listed dates are tentative and may be subject to change.Testing DatesApplication Filing DeadlineWritten Test(Police/Fire Conference Room)Physical Agility Test(Constitution Park)Panel Interview
(Human Resources)
March 10, 2024 March 28, 2024 March 28, 2024 April 17, 2024
May 12, 2024 May 30, 2024 May 30, 2024 June 19, 2024
July 22, 2024 August 1, 2024 August 1, 2024 August 21, 2024Testing may occur periodically throughout the year, on an as needed basis. Eligible applicants will be notified of testing opportunities when they arise. Testing consists of the P.O.S.T. PELLET-B Written Exam, a Physical Agility Exam and a Panel Interview.
If you’ve taken the P.O.S.T. exam within the last six months and received a T-Score of 45 and above, please attach the result letter with letterhead with your exam date and score if you wish to submit those results for consideration. Those with an existing T-score of 45 and above will be eligible to compete in the Physical Agility Exam.Police Academy Trainee (PAT) is a non-sworn training position. Under close supervision, the Police Academy Trainee will complete a formal, comprehensive California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Certified Basic Academy training program; learn basic law enforcement legislation and principles, police procedures and techniques and do other related work as required. Upon satisfactory completion of the training and graduation from the Academy within the prescribed training period, the Academy Trainee will be sworn in as a Police Officer with full police authority.ESSENTIAL DUTIESThe duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the class.

  • Attends scheduled academy training sessions and participates in physical fitness regimen as required by Academy.
  • Learns principles, practices and theory of criminal and civil law enforcement.
  • Learns basic criminal investigation processes and techniques, including the identification, collection, and preservation of evidence, courtroom testimony, and witness interrogation.
  • Learns to prepare various reports, including but not limited to vehicle reports, crime reports, suspect information reports, and missing persons reports.
  • Learns to respond to radio and computer messages and calls for service and techniques to make arrests as necessary.
  • Learns to investigate crimes, traffic collisions and suspicious activities; interview victims, complainants and witnesses; and detain and interrogate suspects.
  • Learns to analyze situations and make decisions appropriately under stressful situations.
  • Learns to collect and preserve evidence and testify and present evidence in court.
  • Learns to direct traffic, including regulation of vehicle flow at times of emergency or congestion; and learn to stop drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws, and issue citations as necessary.
  • May be required to work shifts, weekends, or holidays.


  • A High School diploma or G.E.D. or California High School Proficiency Test is required.
  • The completion of college level course work is desirable.


  • A valid California driver’s license is required at the time of appointment.

Knowledge to:

  • Must have knowledge of the English language and the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing

Ability to:

  • Read and interpret complex technical documents;
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions;
  • Observe, record, and recall pertinent facts and details;
  • Adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action, giving due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances of each situation;
  • Learn and apply proper and appropriate use of force techniques; perform strenuous physical activities;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships; use a personal computer;
  • Attend training sessions in a punctual and dependable manner.
  • Obtain a POST certificate of eligibility and maintain a POST basic certificate once issued

Special Requirements:

  • Employees hired after September 3, 1988, shall refrain from smoking tobacco or using any other tobacco substance at any time, on or off duty.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age or older at the time of appointment.


  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law.

Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully complete a polygraph test, psychological and medical assessments by a qualified professional, and a comprehensive P.O.S.T. approved background investigation.APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCESSApplications are accepted on a continuous basis.All applicants will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this job announcement. Candidates will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process. Meeting the minimum requirements listed in this job announcement does not guarantee advancement in subsequent phases of the selection process. The selection process may be changed as deemed necessary by the City Human Resources Department.The selection process will consist of the following component and weight: Oral Interview (100%)

  • Final appointment in the Police Department is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of an extensive background investigation and a polygraph examination.

If you need special assistance in the recruitment process please contact the Human Resources Department at (310) 802-5258.NOTE: A drug test may be administered as part of the pre-employment medical exam. The provisions of this brochure do not constitute a contract, express or implied, and an

Expected salary: $83124 per year

Location: Manhattan Beach, CA

Job date: Thu, 14 Mar 2024 00:42:00 GMT

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