Police Officer Trainee

Recruitment #18-K19-001


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: https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/816/Police-Department.

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:  $6,532.29 to $7,940.09 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

      To be considered for this position, submittal of a City employment application and supplemental questionnaire is required. 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, Ventura, CA 93001.

      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.


      A review of application and supplemental questionnaire will be conducted and applicants meeting the minimum qualifications and desired background experience for successful performance as a Police Officer Trainee will continue in the next step of the process, the written examination.  Applicants must successfully meet the written examination requirement to be certified to the eligibility list.


      Applicants successful in the application and supplemental questionnaire review are required to successfully meet the qualifying written examination requirement as follows:

      • Submit California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) test score with your application. Test scores are valid for exams administered within one year of application submittal and applicant must submit a letter from the testing agency on agency letterhead at time of application submission. Applicants must meet the minimum T-score of 42 and acceptance of other agency’s T-score is subject to verification with the testing agency.


      • Submit National Testing Network (NTN) FrontLine National Written examination test results through NTN. Test must have been administered within one year of application submittal. Applicants must meet the minimum scores of: Video (65), Reading (70), Writing (70) and acceptance of NTN test scores are subject to verification with National Testing Network.


      • Register yourself to participate in the NTN FrontLine National Written examination administered by NTN as soon as possible. There are three components to the written examination: a video-based human relations test, a reading ability test, and a written language ability test. Testing takes approximately 2 ½ hours. Following, are instructions to register for and schedule your exam:

      Go to www.nationaltestingnetwork.com, select Law Enforcement and sign up for the City of Ventura Police Department. If you have problems scheduling the written examination, please contact NTN Customer Support at: support@nationaltestingnetwork.com.

      What to expect at the www.nationaltestingnetwork.com website:

      • You will need to establish an account with NTN.  A fee is required to take the written exam. Candidates with demonstrated financial hardship may submit a request to have the fee waived prior to test registration.  See “Candidate FAQ #27 on the NTN website at https://www.nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/faqs.cfm for information on how to apply for a fee waiver.
      • Opportunity to take online practice tests at www.frontlinetest.com.
      • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays.
      • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment. 

      Upon completion of the written examination, NTN will provide applicant scores to the City of Ventura Human Resources Department.  Applicants who attain a passing score on the written examination will be placed on the City’s eligibility list.  

      National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the City of Ventura’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process.  All candidate results are provided to the City of Ventura Human Resources Department where the final decisions are made.

      Applicants are encouraged to take the written exam as soon as possible as recruitment may close at any time.


      Applicants that meet the written examination requirement by providing qualifying POST PELLETB or NTN test scores or passing the NTN written examination will be certified to an eligibility list, which will be sent to the Police Department for further consideration.  The Police Department will administer the remaining processes outlined below.


      All applicants certified to the eligibility list are required to complete and return the POST Personal History Statement to the Police Department. To locate and print a copy of the Personal History Statement- Peace Officer (Form 2-251), please visit the POST website at: https://www.post.ca.gov/forms.aspx.

      DEPARTMENT SELECTION INTERVIEWS: Upon review of the completed Personal History Statement, the Police Department will invite a limited number of candidates to participate in department selection interviews.

      PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST:  Applicants who participate in a department selection interview may be invited to participate in the physical agility test.

      The Physical Agility Test 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.


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

      POLICE ACADEMY: Candidates selected for hire will enter into a 23 week Police Academy.


      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.

      Click on a link below to apply for this position:

      Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet.
      View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.