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Police Officer Trainee - Upland, CA (ID: 292899)

Title Police Officer Trainee
Type Police Officer
Date Posted January 2, 2018
City / Organization Upland, CA
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This is a Continuous Recruitment, which may close without prior notice.   The POST Pellet B Exam will be given on a monthly basis.  Qualified applicants will be invited via email to the written examination. 
APPLICANT PREPARATION GUIDE FOR THE POST ENTRY LEVEL LAW ENFORCEMENT TEST BATTERY is available by clicking the following link: (Download PDF reader)
Under general supervision, Police Officer Trainees attend a law enforcement academy training program for newly hired prospective officers; performs other duties as assigned.

Upon successful completion of academy:  Under general supervision, patrols an assigned area; enforces municipal codes, traffic codes, and related public safety laws; detects, prevents, and investigates crimes; carries out special assignments in the protection of life and property; and performs other duties as assigned.




The 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 this class. Other duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of management, either orally or in writing.
  1. Enforces City, County and State ordinances and laws.
  2. Patrols a designated area of the City on foot or in a radio car to prevent crime and maintain law and order.
  3. Responds to general public service calls and complaints including domestic disturbances, civil complaints, property control, automobile accidents, robberies, and related misdemeanor and felony incidents.
  4. Inspects premises at night; assists in the investigation of crimes; conducts preliminary investigations of disturbances, burglaries, thefts, armed robberies, vehicle accidents, deaths or other matters involving possible law violations; discovers and/or prevents the commission of crimes; enforces traffic and other laws and ordinances; issue warnings and citations.
  5. Provides first aid and/or CPR for injured persons prior to arrival of advanced medical support; requests medical attention when required.
  6. Directs traffic at fires, special events, and other emergency or congested situations. Conduct traffic analyses and general traffic surveys; obtains traffic accident statements; examines conditions of accident scenes; takes written statements; clears scene of obstructions and wreckage; notes and reports traffic hazards; conducts investigations of serious injury and fatality traffic accidents.
  7. Reports abandoned or damaged vehicles; inspects establishments providing alcoholic beverages and entertainment.
  8. Intervenes in private or public disputes to protect the public and maintain order.
  9. Conducts preliminary and follow-up investigation of disturbances, suspicious vehicles or persons, burglaries, thefts, armed robberies, homicides, deaths, or other matters involving possible law violations determining the proper cause of action.
  10. Carries out special assignments related to departmental operations or law enforcement in general.
  11. Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
  12. Gathers and preserves evidence; interviews victims, complainants and witnesses; identifies and interrogates suspects; apprehends and arrests offenders; testifies and presents evidence in court.
  13. Prepares reports on arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed; serves warrants and subpoenas; remains current on laws and procedures required for serving warrants.
  14. Takes custody of prisoners including but not limited to transportation, receiving, searching, fingerprinting, photographing and booking.
  15. Participates in police training courses and programs; provides escorts or guard services for parades, various public activities or meetings; participates in staff development; attends briefings and training sessions; performs routine maintenance on assigned patrol vehicle, firearms, and other equipment.
  16. Maintains contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with general public; take an active role in areas of public education relative to crime and crime prevention.




Knowledge of:

Federal, state, and municipal ordinances; principles and practices of modern law enforcement, including crime prevention, identification and investigation techniques; use of police records and identification methods and their applications; laws and constitutional guarantees governing the custody of persons, search, seizure and evidence; laws and procedures relating to juvenile welfare, traffic control and safety; laws and policies concerning police authority; proper care and maintenance of property and equipment.

Ability to:

Understand and interpret laws, ordinances, departmental policies and regulations; analyze situations and adopt a quick, effective and responsible course of action; explain a variety of parking and traffic regulations when required; cope with stressful situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and with respect for the rights of others; effectively use and care for firearms; remember names, faces, facts and details of incidents; write reports clearly and accurately; drive an automobile skillfully; speak well and present ideas clearly and effectively; follow oral and written instructions; work effectively with other employees; meet the general public with courtesy and tact.


High School Graduate or GED equivalent; completion of college level courses in Police Science is desirable.

Licenses/ Certificates/ and Special Requirements:

Vision: No more than 20/70 uncorrected and 20/20 corrected and normal color vision. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.  Age: Must be 21 years of age or older at time of completion of academy.  Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States OR permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has already applied for citizenship.  Character:  Applicants must be of good character and reputation.  Applicants will be fingerprinted and records checked in both State and Federal Bureaus.  Applicants must not have a record of conviction of a serious offense, or numerous convictions of minor offenses.  Credit rating, if established, must be satisfactory.  Driver's License:  Possession of a valid California driver's license, an acceptable driving record and evidence of insurability.

Recruitment Process:

Step 1: Online Application: In order to be considered for a law enforcement position with the Upland Police Department, applicants must submit an online application in response to a current job opportunity listed on the City's website.

Step 2: Written Examination  and Physical Agility Test OR Current Enrollment in a POST approved academy:   

  • Qualified applicants  will  be required  to successfully  pass the written  POST  Pellet  B  Examination  with a T-score  of 48 or higher.  The POST Pellet  B  Exam will  be given  on a monthly  basis.  Qualified applicants  will  be invited  via  email  to the written   examination.   Applicants  may  submit   written   t-scores  from other  agencies   for  examinations taken   within   the   last    12   months.    T-scores   shall    be   sent   to   for consideration.   APPLICANT  PREPARATION  GUIDE  FOR  THE  POST ENTRY  LEVEL  LAW ENFORCEMENT TEST BATTERY is available by clicking the following link: (Download PDF reader). Qualified applicants will be required to complete a physical agility test as part of the recruitment process.
  • Qualified applicants who are currently enrolled in a self-sponsored POST approved academy are not required to complete the written exam or physical agility test. Must be able to provide the name and date of enrollment of academy.

Step 3: Oral Interview: Qualified applicants will be required to complete oral interviews as part of the recruitment process.

Step 4: Background Investigation and Administrative Interviews:  Qualified applicants will undergo a complete, comprehensive, POST approved Background Investigation including a Polygraph Examination. Upon completion of the background investigation, applicants may be invited to an Administrative Interview.

Step 5: Conditional Job Offer: Following the successful completion of all prior steps, candidates may be made a conditional job offer. Job offers are conditional upon the successful completion of a  psychological and medical examination.

Step 6: Psychological and Medical Examinations: Qualified applicants shall undergo a psychological assessment by a qualified professional to determine their suitability for the position.   In addition, applicants will complete a full medical examination, including drug screening.


Veteran Test Points:  Applicants who served on active duty status in the U.S military may be eligible for 5 points added to the Oral Interview upon receiving a passing score. Applicants must submit form DD214 showing honorable discharge.




The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is expected to climb or scale walls, ladders, or steps; carry police safety gear; stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, squat or crawl, as well as walk, sit, and run. Sensory demands include talking, hearing, and using smell. These positions must be able to pull and carry persons in emergency situations; administer first aid; perform CPR; push or pull gurneys to and from emergency vehicles. Employees are expected to grasp and carry power and hand tools;lift, carry, and move persons, equipment, and push, pull or drag objects weighing up to 100 pounds or more.

Mental Demands:

While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or new skills; and interact with City staff, other organizations, police safety personnel, school representatives, residents and business representatives, and the public.

The City of Upland is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all individuals, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, age, disability status, marital status, veteran status, gender or sexual orientation.

Job Post Expiration Date   February 3, 2018

    All jobs posted are considered open until filled and may close at anytime except as stated in the Job Description. .