Police Officer Trainee

  • Los Altos, California
  • Mar 07, 2024
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $114,773.87 - $139,508.35 Annually USD

Job Description


The City of Los Altos Police Department is actively seeking enthusiastic entry-level applicants to join our dedicated team as Police Officers. Embrace the opportunity to make a positive difference in our community and apply your passion for public service today!

Police Officers play a dynamic role in law enforcement, combining crime prevention and public service. This position involves engaging in diverse assignments such as traffic enforcement, community-oriented policing, and specialized roles like Investigative Services, SWAT, and K-9 Officer positions. Entry-level applicants will undergo training at a POST-approved academy and transition into a field training program upon graduation, ensuring a comprehensive and impactful start to their law enforcement career.

The Police Officer position may be filled by an entry level applicant. Entry Level applicants will be sent to a POST-approved academy upon appointment and enter into the field training program immediately upon graduation from a POST-approved academy.

About the Los Altos Police Department:

The Los Altos Police Department is a progressive organization consisting of 32 sworn officers and 15 non- sworn personnel dedicated to providing a high level of service to the community. The department is committed to the concept of community-oriented policing and continually strives for excellence, taking pride in themselves, the community they serve and their dedication to making a positive contribution to the field of law enforcement.

Learn more about the Los Altos Police Department

Examples of Duties

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
Patrols the City in a radio car and on foot Answers calls for protection of life and private property and the enforcement of City, County, and State laws Participates in criminal investigations Interviews victims, complainants and witnesses Conducts physical arrests of criminal suspects Follow the link to view entire job description - Police Officer Trainee

Minimum Qualifications


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship
  • Must be able to successfully complete a 1.5 mile run in 14 minutes or fewer

  • Possession of a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent is required
  • An Associate Degree or completion of sixty (60) semester units of college level courses is highly desirable

  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record
  • Must provide verification of the following test results (Verification must be provided on agency letterhead where test was administered, must include test results, and tests must have been completed within 1 year of application date):
  • Must have successfully completed the California POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) with a T-score of 50 or higher
  • Must have successfully completed the California POST physical agility test (known as the Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) with a score of 320 or higher

Supplemental Information

The recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a Live Scan background investigation. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in disqualification or termination.


Is highly professional, patient, respectful, and ethical; possesses excellent problem-solving skills, ability to multi-task, and a can-do attitude; communicates effectively and proactively, both verbally and in writing; enjoys working in a small town atmosphere with an engaged public, including merchants, property owners and residents.


Requires work, which may be strenuous and hazardous; includes working rotating shifts, as well as weekends and holidays.


The City of Los Altos is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of a person’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age or sexual orientation. Candidates with a disability, which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process, should advise City of Los Altos upon submittal of application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request.


The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.

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