Police Officer Trainee

Job description


El Camino College


Police Officer Trainee

Req: C2021-011

Division: Campus Police

Close Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.


Complete job description and application available online at:



Under Supervision, receives academy and on-the-job training in law enforcement and police methodology in preparation for eligibility to qualify for College Police Officer.




The College Police Officer Trainee is an entry-level class for candidates seeking a police officer position. A trainee will attend and must successfully complete training at a District approved P.O.S.T. basic police academy; receive on-the-job training in patrol procedures, investigation, arrest, search and seizure in preparation for eligibility to qualify for the level of College Police Officer. Assignment to this class is limited to the duration of the Police Academy training period.



Receives instruction, Police Academy Training, and on-the-job training in:

Patrol procedures and routines

Arrest, search and seizure as applied to college police operations

Police operations including the collection of evidence, interview and interrogation of witnesses, follow-up and case preparation

Preparation of police reports

Traffic procedures and control

Report writing

Upon successful completion of a P.O.S.T. basic police-training academy:

Observes and assists the College Police Officer in the performance of various patrol procedures and techniques; attends training courses as assigned.

Independently, and on an assigned shift, patrols the college campus on foot or by vehicle to protect college personnel, students and property; performs related duties.

Upon successful completion of a P.O.S.T. certified training academy, the Police Officer Trainee is reclassified to Campus Police Officer and placed at Step A of the Police Officer salary schedule.

Twelve-month probationary period commences with assignment as a Campus Police Officer.



Immediate supervision is received from the College Police Sergeant or College Police Chief. Work instructions received from the College Police Officer during his/her training period.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.



Education and Experience:

Possess a valid Class "C" California Driver's license

High school diploma or G.E.D.

A U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident Alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship prior to testing

Have reached your 21st birthday at time of application

Successfully pass a written examination, oral interviews, physical agility test, an in-depth background investigation; psychological, polygraph and medical examinations



Successfully complete a P.O.S.T. Certificated Basic Police Training Academy and meet all District and State requirements needed to obtain a P.O.S.T. Basic certificate



Knowledge/Areas of Expertise:

Completion of sixty (60) college units or possession of an Associate's degree is highly desirable.

Learn law enforcement procedures pertaining to arrest, search and seizure, and rules of evidence.

Learn law and ordinances relating to theft, burglary, arson, malicious mischief and trespassing.

Learn District and campus rules and regulations regarding security, safety and conduct.

Learn to write clear and concise reports.

Learn to interview suspects, complainants and witnesses.



Establish and maintain effective working conditions in a diverse multi-cultural and multi-ethnic educational environment.

Interpret and follow oral and written instructions.

Respond quickly and effectively in emergency situations.

Analyze situation and adopt an effective course of action.

Perform duties under scheduled working conditions.

Accept directions from others willingly.

Use restraint in enforcement.



Demonstrate an interest in law enforcement; possess effective interpersonal skills enabling a candidate to deal effectively with a diverse population of students, staff and the public; exhibit a pleasant, cooperative and polite attitude in carrying out law enforcement duties; ability to remain calm and maintain order in emergency or threatening situations.



Applicants must satisfactorily complete an in-depth medical examination. Applicants must be in good physical condition, free from disease or defects that would interfere with the satisfactory performance of the duties of this position.


VISION: At least 20/100 in each eye without correction, correctable to 20/40 in each eye.

COLOR VISION: Anything other than minor hue impairment is disqualifying.

HEARING: No greater than 25 dB loss in the better ear as average over the test frequencies of 500, 100, 2000 and 3000 HZ. In the case of questionable, unusual or borderline hearing loss, the applicant's qualifications will be determined by a Medical Doctor.



The training program consists of academy coursework, on-the-job training exercise, and a review by the College Police Chief. Successful completion of the basic police training Academy is a requirement to be eligible for promotion to the position of Police Officer. Failure to maintain satisfactory progress during the training program or to satisfy the District or P.O.S.T. requirements for promotion to College Police Officer will end a candidate's eligibility for participation in the program and employment with the District.



Sit in patrol car for long periods of time.

Walk/move to various locations on campus.

Run, jump, crawl, climb, bend, reach, and stoop to perform duties.

Lift and drag 165 pounds.

May be requested to work overtime for special events.

Use of weapons.


SALARY PLACEMENT: $4,636 per month

Employee contribute 7% of their earnings toward the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).



The Police Trainee shall be paid his/her salary from the first date of employment through the successful completion and graduation from a P.O.S.T. certified Police Academy.


Offer and acceptance of employment is subject to verification of all information provided on the employment application, credential(s), and transcripts. Candidates selected for employment must agree to be fingerprinted, provide current tuberculosis test results, provide proof of eligibility for employment in the United States, and present a valid Social Security card upon hire.



An applicant must submit the following by the closing date:

1) Online application: https://elcamino.igreentree.com/css_classified

2) Resume including educational background, professional experience, and related personal development and accomplishments.

3) Pertinent transcripts as stated in the required qualifications. (Unofficial computer-generated academic records/transcripts must include the name of the institution and degrees awarded to be acceptable).

4) California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate or up-to-date/proof of a California P.O.S.T. requalification certificate, if applicant holds one.


Foreign Transcripts: Transcripts issued outside the United States of America require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. For information on transcript evaluation services, please visit: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf


Please Note: Documents submitted or uploaded for a previous position cannot be reused for other positions. You must submit the required documents for each position you apply for by the closing date. Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application. Applications with an incomplete status will not receive consideration. You may check the status of your application online.


If you need assistance you may call 310-660-3593 Ext. 5809 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Closing Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.


In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, El Camino College has published Annual Security Reports and all required statistical data, which can be found on the Police Department webpage at www.elcamino.edu/about/depts/police/cleryact/index.aspx. These publications include Clery crime statistics for the previous three years relevant to El Camino College classes and activities, in addition to institutional policies concerning campus safety and security. The information is also available in printed form in the lobby of the Police Department and in select locations on campus. Upon request, the Campus Police Department can provide or mail out copies of this publication. Contact them at 310-660-3100.


El Camino College is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The El Camino Community College District is committed to providing an educational and employment environment in which no person is subjected to discrimination on the basis of  actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age (over 40), disability (mental or physical), sex, gender (including pregnancy and childbirth), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military and veteran status, or retaliation; or on any other basis as required by state and federal law.




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Job No:
Posted: 4/7/2021
Application Due: 6/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time
Salary: $4,636 per month