Police Officer Trainee

Feb 21, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Police Officer Trainee

Posting #: 15-144

Campus: Central Services

Number of Working Months: 12 Months

Starting Salary: $4,034.95 per month

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Open Until Filled

Employment Duration: Full-Time


Salary: $4,034.95* (per month) plus benefits; Salary Grade: C6-42
Full Salary Range: $4,034.95 - $5,342.71 (per month)

*After successful completion of the POST Basic Academy and appointment to the position of Police Officer I (Annual Salary $558,678.57 - $77,939.19), officers have the potential to be promoted to Police Officer II (Annual Salary $73,052.43 - $97,030.71) after obtaining their POST Advanced Certificate.

Initial Review Date: 3/25/16**
**Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the classified position above.

Under the direction of an assigned supervisor and/or administrator, attends a police academy to achieve a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Academy Certificate of Completion. The incumbent shall learn to perform police services and protect district personnel, facilities and property; control traffic; and investigate crimes on college campuses and district property; to enforce laws, traffic regulations; and to perform a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of law enforcement services and activities.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District will pay salary and benefits while a Trainee is training in the P.O.S.T. academy. As a result, a three (3) year employment commitment as a police officer within the Foothill-De Anza Community College District will be required. If the employee chooses to terminate his/her employment with the district prior to the expiration of the three (3) year time period, the employee will be expected to reimburse the district for a pro-rated portion of the salary and benefit cost borne during the training period (i.e. if a trainee only serves one (1) year as a police officer, then 2/3 of the salary and benefit costs during the P.O.S.T. academy must be returned to the district).


  1. Attend an accredited Police Academy to learn and apply the knowledge and skills required of a sworn Police Officer; obtain Certificate of Completion.



  1. Basic law enforcement organization, activities, terminology, rules, regulations, and procedures.
  2. Applicable sections of the State Penal Code, State Education Code, Motor Vehicle Code, Health and Safety Code and others as assigned.
  3. Federal, State and local laws, rules and regulations related to assigned activities including evidence, search and seizure, arrests and others.
  4. Crowd and traffic control techniques.
  5. Vehicle operations and safe driving practices.
  6. Multi-frequency/multi-jurisdiction radio operation.
  7. Record-keeping techniques related to police work.
  8. Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.


  1. Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, disability, religious background and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Learn principles and practices of law enforcement organization, methods and techniques.
  3. Learn to perform sworn law enforcement duties.
  4. Learn to preserve and protect District property, personnel, students and the public.
  5. Learn to conduct investigations, make arrests and file criminal complaints and reports.
  6. Learn to observe activities accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents and places.
  7. Learn to utilize and maintain firearms, baton and other equipment in a safe and proper manner.
  8. Learn to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  9. Learn to patrol effectively, detecting and preventing problems and criminal activity.
  10. Read and understand department rules, procedures, laws and general information pertaining to law enforcement activities.
  11. Understand and carryout oral and written instructions in an independent manner.
  12. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  13. Meet standards of physical endurance and agility established by the District.
  14. Learn to prepare accurate written reports.
  15. Render first aid in emergency situations.
  16. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  17. Comply with uniform regulations, laws, procedures and other regulations.
  18. Observe legal and defensive driving practices.



  1. Indoor and outdoor work environment.
  2. Substantial driving and walking, standing for extended periods of time.
  3. Adverse weather conditions.

Must meet all minimum standards as set by P.O.S.T. including, but not limited to:

  1. Height and weight proportional 20/100 vision without eyeglasses, correctable to 20/20. Normal color vision.
  2. Normal hearing, speaking.
  3. Dexterity adequate to carry out duties as required.
  4. Running or walking over rough or uneven surfaces.
  5. Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching.
  6. Restraining / Subduing individuals.
  7. Sitting or standing for long periods of time.
  8. Lifting 50 pounds or more.


  1. Contact with abusive or combative individuals.
  2. Possible fights and confrontations.
  3. First responder to emergency scenes.

ADDITIONAL TESTING MAY INCLUDE (may be at applicants own expense):

  1. Physical Agility Test.
  2. Oral Board Interview.
  3. In-depth Interview with Chief of Police.
  4. Medical Examination.
  5. Background Investigation.
  6. Written Test and/or assessment test.
  7. Psychological evaluation.
  8. Polygraph evaluation.


  1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Have a U.S. high school diploma, GED certificate, or high school proficiency examination.


  1. College-level coursework.
  2. Current T-Scores (within one year).


  1. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver's license.
  2. Must be at least 21 years of age.
  3. Must obtain CPR and First Aid certificated within the first 12 months of employment.


  1. A District on-line application on http://hr.fhda.edu/careers/. *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position.
  3. A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.
  4. Scanned copy of high-school/college transcripts.
  5. Scanned copy of current California driver's license.
  6. If applicable, scanned copy of current First Aid and CPR certificates.
  7. If applicable, scanned copy of current T-Scores (within one year)*.

*If no T-Score, applicant will need to take the two tests (Written and Physical) and submit results in order to move forward with the process (at applicants own expense).

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application packet. Items not required (including reference letters) will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date. You may also visit our “Applicant Information” to assist with technical difficulties at: http://hr.fhda.edu/careers/a-applicant-instructions.html

Position: Full-Time, Permanent, 12-months per year
Starting date: As soon as possible upon completion of the search process and completion of a background investigation (including polygraph and psychological exam).

Excellent benefits package which includes medical coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance. For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site: http://hr.fhda.edu/benefits/index.html.

This position is covered under the PERS 2% @ 62 Miscellaneous retirement plan.

Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement. The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S. All interviewing costs incurred by applicant are the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:
Employment Services
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, California 94022
(650) 949-6217

Email: employment@fhda.edu

To apply, visit: http://hr.fhda.edu/careers/


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