The Police Officer Trainee position is the entry level class in the sworn Police Officer series. The classification is designed for candidates currently attending a California POST – certified Regular Basic Course academy (Intensive, Extended, or Modular formats) by time of appointment. This classification is distinguished from the Police Officer by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series since this class is typically used as work experience.  

Hiring Incentives

  1. Incentive Pay
  2. Upfront Sick/Vacation Leave
  3. Military Incentive

Police Officer Trainee Hiring Incentive

Currently, the Police Officer Trainee Hiring Incentive is $5,000; paid $2,500 at the date of hire, and $2,500 would be paid upon completion of the Field Training Program.  (A repayment schedule for this incentive is in place, should the employee leave prior to the end of their 5th year of employment.)