Police Officer Trainee

April 2018 Test

Recruitment #17-K19-002


Do you like helping those in need, preventing and solving crime, protecting the innocent and serving our community? Are you a leader with courage, integrity, self-discipline and compassion? If you are interested in a career in law enforcement, consider becoming a Police Officer Trainee with the City of Ventura's progressive Police Department and apply on-line today at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs!

For additional information regarding the Ventura Police Department, please visit our website at: http://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/pd.

Applications received by March 25, 2018 (subject to change) will be considered for the April 11-12, 2018 examination process.

Please note that applications are being accepted on a continuous basis and the recruitment may close at any time.


This is a non-safety, non-sworn, at-will position.  Attends a high-stress, POST-certified, police academy, and receives additional department training designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system,various laws and procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid, physical fitness, and other related duties. Trainees learn the philosophy of community problem-oriented policing and working closely with the community to resolve problems.

This position is designated as "at-will," serving at the pleasure of the appointing authority, and subject to discharge without cause and without right of appeal.


The Police Officer Trainee is a non-sworn, non-safety position. Incumbents are in training, and upon graduation from a police academy, may be appointed as sworn Police Officers, based upon overall academy performance, evaluations, and the availability of positions.


  • Is trustworthy, honest, physically active and has good leadership qualities.
  • Takes responsibility and uses a proactive approach to problem-solving.
  • Maintains control when resolving delicate issues or responding to emergency situations.
  • Makes logical, fair decisions with calm professionalism, while adhering to the law and carrying out a law enforcement agenda.

      License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and acceptable driving record are required.


      Education:  Graduation from High School, or a GED is required. College coursework in Criminal Justice, behavioral, or other social science coursework is preferred.

      Age: Must be 20 years of age at the time of application.

      Convictions: Must be of good moral character, with no felony convictions

      Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen, or able to provide proof of application for US citizenship at least one year prior to applying for a Police Officer Trainee position with the City of Ventura. 

      Medical: Excellent physical condition.  Must meet California POST medical and psychological standards.

      Other: Candidates are required to undergo an extensive background investigation, polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation, and post-offer medical examination, including screening for drugs and alcohol.


      Background Information:  Right to Work: Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check: A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination, including psychological and polygraph exams, will be conducted. A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Probationary Period:Twelve months for Lateral Police Officer; eighteen months for Academy-Trained Police Officer.

      Upon completion of the academy and appointment as a Police Officer, candidates will be eligible for the following compensation package:

      Salary:  $6,357.47 to $7,727.58 per month.

      Educational Incentive:  After completion of probation, 5% of base pay for an AA degree or intermediate POST certificate or 10.24% for a BA degree or Advanced POST certificate.

      Bilingual Pay: $50 per pay period for demonstrated proficiency in a second language.

      Uniform Allowance: $550 per year. All uniforms, including safety vests, are provided.

      Deferred Compensation:  A Section 457 plan is available.

      Medical/Dental Insurance: Up to $1,040 monthly towards a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

      Optional Benefits Program:  $462 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available.

      Vision Insurance: City paid coverage for employees and their dependents.  Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.   

      Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance of $10,000.

      Retirement: Employees are covered by the CalPERS retirement system. If you are a CalPERS retiree, please contact CalPERS to discuss the impact that employment in this position would have on your pension benefit.

      Tier I – 3% @ 50/Single Highest Year of Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members who were hired prior to July 24, 2011, or who worked for the City prior to July 24, 2011 and are returning to City employment. Employees make a 4.5% member contribution and 4.5% of the employer’s share, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  The City will contribute 4.5% of the member contribution and report the value to CalPERS as pensionable income. Tier II – 3% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation Period for employees hired on or after July 24, 2011 and prior to January 01, 2013, and for employees hired on or after January 01, 2013 who are considered Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS’-reciprocal agency. Employees make a 4.5% member contribution and 4.5% of the employer’s share, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  The City will contribute 4.5% of the member contribution and report the value to CalPERS as pensionable income. Tier III – 2.7% @ 57/ Highest Three Consecutive Years of Compensation for employees hired on or after January 01, 2013 who are considered, “New Members.” Employees will pay an 11.5% member contribution in accordance with Government Code Section 7522.30, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10. Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

      Social Security:  CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or www.socialsecurity.gov/form1945.

      Medicare:  Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

      Holiday and Vacation:  22 days per year of combined holiday and vacation.  Employees may cash out 120 hours of holiday time annually.

      Personal Leave:  35 hours per calendar year.

      Sick Leave: 8 hours accrued per month, up to 1,440 hours; 25% will be paid out at retirement with 10 years service.

      Tuition Reimbursement:  $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution after completion of probationary period.

      Direct Deposit:  Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts. 

      Workweek:  Officers in Field Services work 12 hours per day, 3 days per week.

      Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

      Selection Plan

      If you have previously applied for Police Officer Trainee with the City of Ventura, and were named to an eligibility list but not hired, you must wait one year from the date of the written examination to apply again. This includes applicants disqualified by failing the written or physical agility test, the background investigation, the medical or psychological examinations, and those who withdrew from consideration after the background had been initiated.

      To be considered for the April 2018 testing process, submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by March 25, 2018 as the application review process for the April 2018 test will take place in March 2018. The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs. If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications may be mailed or hand delivered to City Hall at 501 Poli Street, Room 210; P.O. Box 99; Ventura, CA 93002.

      NOTE: After you apply, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please check your messages regularly and be sure to update the contact information contained in your on-line application. You may wish to set your email spam filter to accept email from recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov.

      Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to the testing process. Applicants must successfully complete the written examination to be certified to the eligibility list.


      Depending on the number of applications received, the written examination may initially be limited to the most highly qualified applicants as demonstrated on the supplemental questionnaire.

      The written examination will take place on April 11 and 12, 2018. You will receive email notification during the last week of March 2018 regarding your application status and date/test time. If you do not receive an email notification by March 29, 2018, you may contact Human Resources at (805) 654-7853 regarding your application status.

      Your written exam invitation will include a link to the California Peace Officer Standards and Training forms page. You will be required to print and complete the Peace Officer Personal History Statement (Form 2-251) and return the original completed statement to the Police Department to be further considered in the process.

      The written examination is a basic entry-level peace officer test.

      NOTE: Applicants may submit their Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) results with their application. The results must show a minimum T-score of 42 to be accepted as meeting the minimum written exam qualification. PELLETB test results are valid for exams administered within one year of our written exam date. All applicants who meet this written exam qualification will be certified to the eligibility list.

      Applicants wishing to use PELLETB scores from a PELLETB exam administered at another agency in lieu of taking the City's written exam must submit a letter from the testing agency on agency letterhead at the time of application. The PELLETB exam must have been administered within one year of our written exam date. Acceptance of the other agency's T-score is subject to verification with the testing agency.

      DEPARTMENT SELECTION INTERVIEWS: Candidates passing the written examination will have their names certified to the eligibility list and forwarded to the Police Department for further consideration. A limited number of candidates will be invited to participate in department selection interviews in May 2018, date to be determined. Additional interviews may be scheduled at a later date as additional vacancies occur.


      Additional selection and hiring components include: physical agility test, polygraph, background investigation, post-offer psychological and medical examinations.

      PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST: The testing consists of the following components:

      • Agility Run: Run a 99-yard course with abrupt changes in lateral and vertical movement
      • Dummy Drag: Lift and drag a 165 pound dummy 32 feet
      • Fence Climb/Run: Run 5 yards, climb a six-foot high chain-link fence, continue running 25 yards
      • Fence Climb/Run: Run 5 yards, climb a six-foot high solid fence, continue running 25 yards
      • 500 Yard Run: Run 500 yards with no obstacles.

      POLICE ACADEMY: Candidates selected for hire may enter into a 23 week Police Academy in October 2018 or April 2019.


      The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

      In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need special assistance, please contact Human Resources at (805) 654-7853, or TDD at (805) 654-7766.