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Police Recruit (Academy Attendee)

Company: City of Salinas, CA
Location: Salinas
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

This recruitment specifically invites candidates that are currently enrolled and/or attending a California P.O.S.T. accredited Police Academy. Candidates must be enrolled in a six (6) month full-time Police Academy or have begun the last module of an extended Police Academy.

The Salinas Police Department is seeking enthusiastic individuals ready to start their careers in law enforcement. This is an entry-level position for the Police Officer series. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with the desire to serve their local community and be a part of a winning team. Applicants who have been accepted to a Police Academy and/or are currently attending are eligible to apply for this opportunity. This recruitment may be closed at any time once a sufficient number of applications have been received. Candidates must apply through this recruitment and submit the required documents at time of application. An application appraisal will determine which candidates move forward to the department interview. If selected for hire, candidates will be eligible to receive health care benefits, vacation accruals and a generous benefit package.


To be considered for this position, you are required to submit the following two documents:

1) Documentation of academy attendance (letter on official letter head)

2) P.O.S.T. PELLET B Examination T-Score 48 or above (official score letter from P.O.S.T or testing agency valid within the last 12 months)

Summary of Duties: Under direction, utilizes specialized training and equipment to protect life and property by enforcing laws and preventing crimes. In an assigned beat or assignment, responsibilities may include; patrolling in a police vehicle or on foot, responding to calls for service, conducting investigations, providing information and assistance to the public, preparing and participating in planned events, preparing for and attending court. Works closely with the community members to preserve the peace and promote public safety. Performs related special assignments or other related work as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics: Incumbents may enter the class either as a recruit, academy graduate or lateral status. Police recruits are entry-level positions with little or no related training or experience required. Recruits must complete a California Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified basic law enforcement training academy prior to appointment to probationary status as a police officer. Academy graduates and lateral entry police officers are appointed to full probationary status at time of hire.

Essential Job Functions

Patrol Division Assignment

  1. Operates a police vehicle, and/or walks a foot beat in patrolling an assigned area; operates a Mobile Computer Terminal, radio and assigned equipment.

  2. Promotes community policing by communicating with community members regarding potential problems in assigned area; explains laws, ordinances and their rights to residents, in resolving disputes; may attend community meetings and participate in community-based programs.

  3. Enforces state, local and federal laws and ordinances governing public safety; issues verbal warnings and citations.

  4. Responds to calls for service; resolves disputes; responds to accidents and renders first aid.

  5. Prepares and documents cases, completes reports, and may maintain other records as necessary.

  6. Coordinates crime scene control and conducts investigations, including search area for suspects or evidence. Investigations may include duties such as interviews, interrogations, identification of witnesses and victims, obtaining information from surveillance videos, computer data, records department, or other agencies.

  7. Pursues and apprehends suspects transports, supervises and assists in processing detainees and other individuals in custody.

  8. Participates in various in-service training, legislatively mandated and California P.O.S.T. mandated training.

  9. Collaborates and works with a wide range of internal departments and external agencies; provides reports, background checks, database inquiries, verification for lost or stolen items including missing persons (Department of Justice validation lists) and other orders or requests.

  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Other Major Assignments

  1. Learns and implements investigative techniques and procedures.

  2. May conduct criminal, traffic, narcotic and vice investigations within the Department's various divisions.

  3. Develops leads, apprehends and arrests suspects in connection with felony and misdemeanor crime investigations.

  4. Collects and preserves evidence.

  5. Patrols high incidence crime areas, utilizing undercover tools and techniques.

  6. May perform related duties to support and enhance Community Oriented Policing.

  7. May operate a police motorcycle/enduro in the course of performing patrol duties.

  8. May perform the duties of a patrol officer in coordination with a trained canine partner, as part of the Department's Canine Unit.

  9. Assists the Patrol Division as necessary and/or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • City, State and federal laws, statutes, ordinances, and court decisions as pertinent to assigned duties.
  • Police department policies, practices, regulations and procedures.
  • Law enforcement and crime prevention principles, practices and techniques.
  • Human behavioral theories, principles, methods and practices.
  • Geographic layout and demographic characteristics of the City.
  • Current methods and practices of criminal identification and investigation. Criminal law with particular emphasis on rules of apprehension, search, seizure, arrest and prosecution of persons.
  • Narcotics investigation techniques.
  • Departmental organization and the functions of the various Divisions.
  • Community issues and concerns.
  • Principles of community oriented policing.
  • First Aid.

Skill in:

  • Properly handling individuals exhibiting problem behavior, and situations presenting disorder and/or danger to self or others.
  • Carrying out orders from supervisors and other senior officers.
  • Working effectively with a variety of co workers and members of the public from a cross section of educational and socio cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrating physical ability and stamina appropriate to perform the duties of the position.
  • Reading and interpreting complex technical documents, such as laws, ordinances and court decisions.
  • Showing compassion and empathy towards others.
  • Communicating verbally in a clear concise manner under stressful conditions.
  • Writing clear and comprehensive reports.

Supplemental Information

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

Essential duties require the mental and/or physical ability to maintain physical and emotional conditioning to optimally perform in this position; manual dexterity sufficient to write, type, use telephone, two-way radio, computer, use and control of firearms; see well enough to drive vehicles, read small print on documents and maps, detect subtle shades of color; hearing sufficient to conduct in person and telephone and two-way radio conversations; speaking ability in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard at fifty feet of distance, on the telephone and in addressing groups; physical agility to push/pull, squat, twist, turn, bend, stoop, reach overhead, climb over obstacles such as fences and walls while running in foot pursuit of a crime suspect; physical mobility sufficient to move in and out of a vehicle repeatedly, sprint from a stand-still; physical strength to carry 30 pounds of equipment on the body for period of at least ten hours per shift, occasionally lift more than 120 pounds, repetitively lift up to 100 pounds; physical stamina sufficient to sit and drive for prolonged periods of time, mental acuity and alertness to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw rapid valid conclusions, make rapid valid judgments and decisions. Other physical requirements as described in the P.O.S.T. Medical Screening Manual.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.

APPOINTMENTS: Prior to appointment, all candidates must successfully complete a background investigation, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, Chief's interview, meet the current Police Officer Standards and Testing (P.O.S.T.) medical standard for peace officers, and a drug & alcohol screening test. Candidates must meet the department's pre-employment policy regarding illegal use or possession of drugs. The City reserves the right to use alternate testing procedures if deemed necessary. Police Recruits have a probationary period of eighteen (18) months . CITY COMMUNICATION REGARDING THE SELECTION PROCESS WILL BE VIA E-MAIL. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE E-MAIL ON YOUR APPLICATION. Finalist interview/assessment will be held with the City of Salinas.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY: Hiring decisions may be based upon the results of the pre-employment drug and alcohol screening. Positive samples are retained for 90 days from the date of notification. Applicants with a positive result must notify the City in writing prior to expiration of the 90 days to request retention beyond the 90-day period. A copy of the City's Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy is available upon request.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: A veteran is defined in accordance with California Government Code 18540.4. In order to exercise this preference, the veteran must submit the City's Veteran's Preference Application and provide a copy of his/her DD-214 form at time of application as proof of military status. Failure to submit the required forms will be deemed a waiver of veteran's preference. Military veterans shall be given preference in initial appointment to City service. Further details can be obtained from the Human Resources Division, at 831-758-7254.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The City of Salinas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor. The City of Salinas will make reasonable accommodation for the disabled. Requests for accommodation should include an explanation of the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process and/or to perform the duties of the job for which they have applied. Requests can be submitted via mail to Human Resources, City Hall, 200 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901 or via facsimile transmittal (831) 758-7941 no later than the closing date of this recruitment.

Military veterans, women and local Salinas residents are encouraged to apply. Bilingual in Spanish is highly desired.

Recruitment/testing questions can be addressed to Maria Avila at (831)758-7231 or For specific law enforcement questions, contact Sergeant Dana Cornelison at (831)758-7120 or or Officer David Poulin at (831)758-7122 or

For a complete listing of benefits, please visit the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for this position at


As an applicant with the Salinas Police Department, you are required to complete this Pre-Investigative Questionnaire. The information in this form will be used during the pre-employment screening process in determining your suitability for the position. It is your responsibility to complete this form and provide the required information. You must respond to all questions. Applicants are not expected or required to reveal any medical or disability related information. Answers are also subject to verification by polygraph and/or medical examination including but not limited to, a drug screening. Any false statements or omissions on this form can and often will result in you being removed from the hiring process, the withdrawal of any conditional offer, or be considered for immediate dismissal if an appointment is made. Please acknowledge that you have read the above statement.

  • Yes
  • No


Have you been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs within the past three years?

  • Yes
  • No


Have you been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs two or more times?

  • Yes
  • No


Have you been convicted of two or more misdemeanor offenses under California law in the past three years?

  • Yes
  • No


Have you ever been arrested or convicted for Domestic Violence?

  • Yes
  • No


Have you used or illegally possessed any hallucinogenic, including Ecstasy, within the past seven years?

  • Yes
  • No


Have you used or illegally possessed marijuana, including but not limited to eatable substances or concentrated cannabis, within the past year?

  • Yes
  • No


Have you illegally used or possessed any drug not mentioned above, including cocaine and other prescription drugs not prescribed to you, within the past three years?

  • Yes
  • No


As an adult, have you ever manufactured or cultivated any drug or illegal substance?

  • Yes
  • No


In the last 12 months have you been informed that you have unsuccessfully completed a background investigation with the City of Salinas Police Department?

  • Yes
  • No


How did you hear about this recruitment?

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  • Social Media
  • Employee
  • Other


If a City of Salinas employee recommended that you apply for this position, please provide his/her name and title (if known).


If you answered other for question 11, please tell us how you heard of our recruitment.

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Agency City of Salinas

Department Police Address 312 East Alisal St.

Salinas, California, 93901

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