Police Academy Trainee

  • City of Chico, CA
  • Chico, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $48,672.00 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

This recruitment is to establish an eligibility list for the January 2022 Law Enforcement Academy. Police Academy Trainees who successfully complete the Butte College Academy will subsequently roll to probationary Police Officer status:
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This recruitment process will include completing a rigorous physical agility process and the P.O.S.T. Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB). Candidates will be advised of test dates and times once they have been scheduled.

Candidates who hold a current (dated within the last year) T-score of 47, or higher, are encouraged to submit their T-score information along with their application. Valid and current T-scores will exempt candidates from the written examination.

Candidates who have successfully completed the City of Chico physical agility or standardized WSTB course within the last six months may be exempted from the required agility course if requested.

Please contact Human Resources, at (530) 879-7905, for more information on exemptions, if needed.

What is a "Sponsorship?": Being sponsored by the City of Chico means that the City pays full tuition for the candidate AND pays them a wage and provides benefits while they attend! Police Trainees sponsored by the City of Chico are required to sign a three-year commitment agreement.

NOTICE: The City of Chico is committed to inclusion and a diverse workforce and has made candidate applications anonymous to reduce implicit bias in the hiring process. Candidate names, addresses, and other Personally Identifiable Information (PII) are auto-redacted on applications sent to the department.

Job Description


Under supervision, to receive Police Officer basic academy training in a wide variety of law enforcement assignments; to perform non-sworn duties as required in a training, Police Department, or field setting; to perform other academy related work as required.

Typical Duties:
  • Receive training in providing general law enforcement and public service duties;*
  • Participate in academic tasks and testing activities;*
  • Participate in review and observation activities conducted at the academy or in the field;*
  • Participate in physical training and testing activities;*
  • May perform non-sworn office or field based work as needed in the Police Department or in the field;*
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
*Essential Function

Duties recorded above are representative of the duties of the class and are not intended to cover all the duties performed by incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class; such assignments shall fall under the category of "other duties, as assigned."

Tools and Equipment Used:

Police car, police radio, radar gun, baton, handcuffs, Intoxilyzer, cellular phone and/or pager, first aid equipment, handgun, Taser and other weapons as required, and computer related equipment in the field and office environment.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or operate controls, objects, and/or tools listed above, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and taste and/or smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in high precarious places, and with explosives, and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of : Basic understanding of police responsibilities and activities.

Ability to : Remember and recall facts and details; read, interpret and understand complex technical documents in English such as laws, ordinances, court decisions, general and special orders, training bulletins and texts; prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports; understand and carry out oral and written instructions; communicate and interact effectively with a variety of people of various educational, socioeconomic and language backgrounds; perform physical tasks and training similar to the physical tasks performed by City of Chico Police Officers in the pursuit, capture and handling of those arrested, detained or assisted; work cooperatively with others.


Minimum Qualifications:

Experience : None.

Education : High school graduation or equivalent.

Additional Requirements : Possession of a valid California Driver License; possess vision, hearing, strength and agility at a level necessary to perform the duties of a Police Officer.

Additional State of California Requirements : Pursuant to section 1031.5 of the California Government Code: Any person employed by a governmental agency as a peace officer or a peace officer trainee must be a citizen of the United States; or be a permanent resident alien and have applied for citizenship.

A person who has not obtained citizenship within three years after application for employment due to non-cooperation with the government agency processing the citizenship application, or a person who has been denied citizenship, is disqualified from being or becoming a police officer.

Equivalency may be established pursuant to the City-Wide Classification Plan.

Additional Information

The City of Chico is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitudes, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a PASSION for public service. Having the best employees provides the best service to the community.


If this is the first time you are applying using the online job application, you will need to create an account and select a Username and Password. After your account has been established, you can build your application which can be saved and used to apply for other City of Chico employment opportunities.

Online applications are stored on a secure site. Only authorized employees and hiring authorities have access to the information submitted. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure applications are received by the City of Chico Human Resources Office.

Degree, Licenses, Certifications and/or Equivalencies: Candidates must include copies of items listed as a minimum qualification; failure to provide required certificates by the close of the recruitment will result in candidate disqualification. If this position requires a typing certificate: typing certificates must have been issued within one year and the net speed must match the minimum requirement listed in the job description. For standardization, net speed will be calculated by subtracting the number of errors from the gross WPM. Internet generated typing certifications are not accepted. Equivalency for experience and/or education listed within a job description may be established pursuant to the City-wide Classification Plan and through coordination with Human Resources. Candidates seeking an equivalency must contact Human Resources, at (530) 879-7900, for instructions on submitting an equivalency request. Being minimally qualified for a position does not guarantee a candidate progression through the full recruitment process.

Travel and Recruitment Related Expenses: The City of Chico does not reimburse applicants for any travel or expenses in connection with applying for employment, unless authorized by the City Manager.

Pre-Employment Processing: Applicants may be required to pass fingerprinting and a medical examination as a condition of employment or promotion. Medical exams may include a fitness exam, psychological exam, and a drug and alcohol screening, depending on the position. E-verify is used to determine candidate eligibility to work in the United States.

The City of Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports workforce diversity. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The City of Chico will consider individuals with disabilities based on their qualifications to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying and will provide reasonable accommodation in the application and/or testing process. If you require accommodation in the application and/or testing process, please notify the Human Resources Office within seven (7) days of the need for accommodation, so appropriate alternative arrangements can be made.

If you have any questions, or need additional assistance regarding City of Chico employment opportunities, please contact the Human Resources Department at (530) 879-7900 or jobs@chicoca.gov .
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