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Company: City of Hollister California
Location: Hollister
Posted on: May 25, 2023

Job Description:

Position Type:
Police/Police Officer Trainee

Date Posted:

Police Department
City of Hollister

Human Resources 327 Fifth Street Hollister, CA 95023


$5,081.33 - $6,176.39
(Monthly Salary)
Plus Recruitment Bonus*


This is an open recruitment. Qualified candidates from the public and qualified career City employees are encouraged to apply. The eligibility list that is developed from this recruitment process may be used to fill future vacancies in the Police Officer Trainee classification or in similar classifications.

Position: This position is an entry level position which will provide the trainee with the skills to perform a variety of duties in the enforcement of laws and the prevention of crimes; control traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; and perform a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the Police Department. Training will include attendance at a California POST Basic Academy. Upon successful completion of training and the Police Academy, the trainee will advance to the level of Police Officer ($7,160.49 - $8,703.63/monthly). The employee shall receive a $25,000.00 recruitment bonus. Bonus shall be paid out as speficied in the HPOA MOU (link below).

Qualifications: Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying.

Education and Experience: High School graduation, General Education Development Test, or attainment of a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited college or university (Gov't Code section 1031 (e)).

Physical and Other Requirements: Applicant must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment. Must possess the strength and physical ability necessary to perform the essential functions of the position; must be willing to be fingerprinted.

Applicant must pass a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) "PELLETB" written exam and a physical ability test. Testing will be completed by Hollister Police Department and applicants will be notified of the test date.

Citizenship: California Government Code 1031 (a) requires that police officers be citizens of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.

License & Certificate: Possession of an appropriate, valid California driver's license is required.

Examples of Duties:
Police Officer Trainee: Responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Learn about police patrol activities while accompanying a police officer in a patrol unit. Assist police officers in answering calls for the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of all laws. Assist in the investigations of disturbances, burglaries, thefts, death cases, and other criminal incidents. Assist in the preparation of police emergency or other traffic situations. Report street lamps or traffic signals that are not working properly, report and assist with the removal of traffic hazards. Administer first aid or perform CPR. Make contact with citizens regarding the maintenance of law and order and the reporting of criminal activity. Wear a distinctive police uniform and make contact with the public while on police patrol or while assigned to the public counter area. Answer inquiries and give clear, accurate information to the public concerning police procedures and matters. Police Officer Trainees may be assigned to assist investigators in the handling of criminal cases. Duties might include assisting with the collection f evidence at a crime scene, assisting with obtaining witnesses statements, performing commuter tasks to gather information and record information.

Police Officer: Responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: patrol a designated area of the City to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances; check buildings for physical security; respond to general public service calls and complaints including domestic disturbances, civil complaints, property control, automobile accidents, robberies, and related misdemeanor and felony incidents; enforce traffic laws and ordinances; issue warnings and citations; direct traffic at fires, special events, and other emergency or congested situations; conduct traffic accident analyses and general traffic surveys; conduct investigations of serious injury and fatal traffic accidents; contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses; maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public; take an active role in areas of public education relative to crime prevention; prepare reports of arrests made, activities performed and unusual incidents observed; secure statements from witnesses; assist in the investigation of crimes as assigned; gather and preserve evidence; interview victims, complainants and witnesses; identify and interrogate suspects; apprehend and arrest offenders; testify and present evidence in court; serve warrants and subpoenas; remain current on laws and procedures required for processing warrants.

Selection Process: Candidates presenting the most desirable combination of education, experience and/or training as stated in this announcement will be invited to continue in the selection process. The selection process may require any combination of the following: application appraisal, written examination, performance test, and personal interview conducted by an outside oral panel and/or the Department. The City of Hollister offers preference to qualified veterans during the candidate selection process. The City of Hollister's Veterans' Preference Policy can be accessed via the link at the bottom of the position job posting next to the job description. Following the examination process, successful candidates are placed on an employment list. Appointment will be made from the employment list. Appointed employee(s) will be required to pass a psychological evaluation, pre-employment physical, drug screen, background investigation, and live scan fingerprint check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action: The City of Hollister does not discriminate on the basis of race, color national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor. The City of Hollister encourages minorities and women to apply. The City of Hollister makes reasonable accommodations for the disabled. Individuals requiring any accommodation in order to participate in the testing process must inform the Human Resources Office in writing no later than the final filing date stated in the job announcement. Requests for accommodation should include an explanation of the type and extent of accommodations needed to participate in the selection process and/or to perform the duties of the job for which they have applied.

Post-Offer Medical Examination: Prior to appointment, the selected candidate is required to pass a post-offer medical examination. Candidates are encouraged not to quit or give notice to present employers until the medical exam has been completed and passed. All medical records are maintained in a confidential manner.

Group Insurance: Employee premiums paid by City through a cafeteria style program for medical, dental, vision, life and long term disability insurance. Employees have a choice of variety of medical plans offered through PERS Health. Generous City paid contributions are made toward dependent coverage for medical, dental and vision insurance.

Retirement: The City contracts with the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). The City's Retirement Formula for Classic Members as
defined by the Public Employee's Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) is 2% at Age 60. All new Employees as defined by the Public Employee's Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) are subject to the CalPERS 2% @ Age 62 Retirement Formula. When advanced to level of Sworn Police Officer, the employee may be subject to City's Retirement Formula for Classic Members of 3% at Age 55. Or all new employees will be subject to the 2.7% at Age 57 Retirement Formula as defined by PEPRA.

Uniform Allowance: City will provide uniforms for the Academy.

Vacation Leave: 10 days per year, increased to 15 days per year after 3 years, increased to 20 days after 7 years, increased to 22 days after 15 years. Vacation allowance shall be increased one (1) day per year after completion of twenty (20) years of service with a maximum of twenty-five (25) days after twenty-five (25) years of service.

Sick Leave: Earned at a rate of 8 hours per calendar month of service with no accrual limit. Provision for partial cash payout of accumulated sick leave upon retirement with ten years of service or more.

Holidays: Per the adopted HPOA MOU, non-sworn employees in this unit receive thirteen and a half (13 -) paid holidays per year.

IRS Flexible Spending Plan: IRS Code, Section 125 which provides for pre-tax contributions for unreimbursed medical, insurance premiums and dependent care expenses.

Life Insurance: City pays $50,000 Life & AD&D Insurance.

Bilingual Pay: City pays $175 per month upon assignment.

Deferred Compensation: Optional Voluntary 457 Plan available.

Other Benefits: Education/Tuition reimbursement, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Longevity Pay, Professional Development Incentive and credit union privileges.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.

(To view job description click link to the right)


  • COH- Veterans' Preference Policy
  • HPD- Bonuses
  • Police Officer Trainee

Keywords: City of Hollister California, Salinas , POLICE OFFICER TRAINEE, Other , Hollister, California

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