Police Officer – Trainee (walnut creek)

CITY OF WALNUT CREEK invites applications for the position of: Police Officer – Trainee
APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE AT WWW.WALNUT-CREEK.ORG NO LATER THAN 04/05/13 AT 5:00 P.M. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.
An Equal Opportunity Employer SALARY: $76,878.10 – $93,403.18 Annually CLOSING DATE: 04/05/13 05:00 PM
POSITION DESCRIPTION:
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT HUMAN RESOURCES. Due to the anticipated high volume of applications, we are unable to accept telephone and email inquiries. Please review the information provided below to answer your questions. All applicants will receive an email notification from Information@GovernmentJobs.com with their status no later than Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Thank you for your cooperation.
The City of Walnut Creek is currently seeking applicants for the position of Police Officer Trainee. To be eligible for consideration as a Trainee: • Applicant has not enrolled in or graduated from a California P.O.S.T. approved law enforcement academy, OR • Applicant is currently an out of state police officer and does not have a California P.O.S.T. waiver, OR • Applicant has not applied for Police Officer — Trainee with the City of Walnut Creek within the past 12 months.
The Walnut Creek Police Department is a professional police organization of 76 sworn and 35 civilian employees dedicated to providing a high level of service. The department views itself as responsible for the protection of Constitutional rights and maintenance of safety and security for all citizens in the community. The department is present in the community to help and serve and is dedicated to the concept of Community Oriented Policing. High standards of selection, education and training allow the department to field personnel of excellent caliber who can perform their duties in a professional, but sensitive manner. The department continually reaffirms its commitment to professionalism and to making a positive contribution to the field of law enforcement. More information about the City of Walnut Creek, the Walnut Creek Police Department, compensation and benefits can be found athttp://www.walnut-creek.org. (Current Police Officer base salary is $76,878 – $93,403 per year.)
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES: Walnut Creek Police Officers serve in patrol, traffic, and investigation assignments. Fixed sectors are assigned and patrol officers are responsible for providing patrol, investigation, crime prevention, juvenile, traffic and public assistance on their sector. Investigative and traffic personnel are available for assistance when needed. In addition to patrol duties, officers may have collateral assignments such as Internet Technical Team, Motor Team, Firearms Instructor, Downtown Policing Team, and Crime Scene Investigation. New officers receive field training from an experienced Walnut Creek Police Officer prior to assuming the responsibility of a solo sector officer. The department has a 4-10/3-12 patrol schedule.
Police Officer Trainees are assigned to attend a P.O.S.T. certified academy scheduled to begin on September 9, 2013. During the academy program, Police Officer Trainees receive the academic and physical training required for appointment to the position of Police Officer. Upon successful completion of the academy, Police Officer Trainees are typically appointed as a Police Officer and begin serving a probationary period. Police Officer Trainees are temporary employees and receive the City benefits of Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment Insurance. At the time of appointment to a regular position, new Police Officers will be informed of all City employment rights and benefits available to regular employees. Go tohttp://www.walnut-creek.org to view the Police Officer classification’s salary and benefits information.
QUALIFICATIONS GUIDELINES: Police Officer Trainees must be a minimum of 20 years and 6 months of age at the time of application and 21 years of age at the time of appointment as a Police Officer. Graduation from high school or equivalent and the completion of sixty (60) semester units at a recognized college or university is required. No direct experience is required.
Special Requirements:
Possession of, or ability to obtain prior to employment, a valid Class C California Driver’s License and a good driving record.
Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. (California State law requires that permanent resident aliens who desire to be employed as peace officers must apply for citizenship before application for employment as a peace officer.)
Candidate must meet City’s medical standards pertaining to physical requirements prior to employment.
Employees are assigned to shift work and rotated among various assignments.
Integrity and Honesty:
The City of Walnut Creek is committed to providing a workforce with the highest standards of integrity and honesty. Applicants considered for appointment to this position will be subject to a thorough background investigation (consisting of, but not limited to, criminal history, Department of Justice and FBI fingerprinting, DMV driving history, credit check, previous/current employment references, and personal references), pre-placement medical exam including drug screening, and a psychological exam. The City reserves the right to request a candidate to submit to a polygraph exam. All applicants will be held to the highest standards of integrity and honesty. All information provided by applicants is required to be truthful and accurate; failure to do so may result in disqualification.
Please see the class specification at www.walnut-creek.org for a complete description of this classification’s representative duties, requirements, working conditions, and physical requirements.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Applicants must apply online at www.walnut-creek.org to be eligible for consideration. Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013.
Candidates showing that, among those competing, they are better qualified in terms of relevant training, education, and experience will be invited to participate in the selection process. This process will include the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Entry Level Law Enforcement written examination, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Important Information Regarding the Submission of T-Scores for Applicants Invited to the P.O.S.T. Written Exam:
* The City of Walnut Creek will accept valid California P.O.S.T. Entry Level Law Enforcement T-scores of 50 or above in lieu of taking the exam again.
* To be considered a valid T-score submission, the exam must have been held within 12-months of the date of the submission of your City of Walnut Creek application; and the T-score letter must signed, dated, and on agency letterhead. In addition, the T-score letter must be attached to your online application (at the time of application) in order to be considered. * Per P.O.S.T. regulations applicants cannot take the P.O.S.T. exam more than one time in a 30-day period. (There are NO exceptions.)
* Applicants with a valid T-score submission, as described above, who would like to take the exam again may do so. The City will use the higher of the two scores in determining your competitiveness.
Candidates with the most competitive T-Scores will be invited to continue in the selection process, which will include a Candidate Qualifications Interview tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, Wednesday, May 8, and Thursday, May 9, 2013 (applicant will chose one time slot on one day). Applicants possessing the most desirable qualifications will be invited to an Appraisal Panel Interview tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 21, Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23, 2013 (applicant will chose one time slot on one day).
An eligible list will be established as a result of this examination process and will be valid for a period of six months. All applicants will be notified by email as to whether or not they are invited to participate further in the selection process. In addition, applicants can log on to their account and check their current status online.
If special accommodations are necessary at any stage of the examination process, please provide the Human Resources Division with advance notice and every attempt will be made to consider your request.
The information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract and these provisions are subject to change.
APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AND FILED ONLINE AT: http://www.walnut-creek.org
City of Walnut Creek Human Resources Division 1666 North Main Street Walnut Creek, CA 94596 jobs@walnut-creek.org
Police Officer – Trainee Supplemental Questionnaire
1. Police Officer Trainees must be a minimum of 20 years and 6 months of age at the time of application and 21 years of age at the time of appointment. Are you at least 20 years and 6 months of age presently? Yes No
2. Are you a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship? Yes No
3. Graduation from high school or equivalent and the completion of 60 semester units at a recognized college or university is required. (Equivalent to 90 quarter units.)
What is your educational background? (Please note: All educational requirements will be verified.) High School Graduation or Equivalent Completion of sixty (60) semester units of college Associate’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree Master’s Degree
4. Have you served in any branch of the US Military? Yes No
5. If you answered ‘Yes’ to question # 4, when, in which branch of the military, and in what capacity did you serve?
6. Do you have any prior work or volunteer experience with any law enforcement agency? Yes No
7. If you answered ‘Yes’ to question # 6, please list which agency and in what capacity.
8. Tentative Dates:
POST Written Test: April 20, 2013 Qualifications Interview: May 7-9, 2013 Oral Board: May 21–23, 2013
Due to the brisk time frame for this recruitment, short notice from Human Resources may occur. If invited, are you available on those dates? Yes No
9. Have you attached to this application a valid P.O.S.T. Entry Level Law Enforcement written exam T-score of 50 or above for the City to consider?
Please note: To be considered a valid T-score submission, the exam must have been held within 12-months of the date of the submission of your City of Walnut Creek application; and the T-score letter must signed, dated, and on agency letterhead. In addition, the T-score letter must be attached to your online application (at the time of application) in order to be considered. Yes No
10. If invited, are you available to attend a law enforcement academy, beginning in September 2013, for approximately six months? Yes No
11. This position requires a ‘good driving record’. The DMV standards set forth by the City of Walnut Creek include no DUI’s or suspensions/revocations within the past seven years and no more than three ‘routine’ violations within the past seven years. Do you meet this requirement? Yes No
12. The City of Walnut Creek is committed to providing a workforce with the highest standards of integrity and honesty. Applicants considered for appointment to this position will be subject to a thorough background investigation (consisting of, but not limited to, criminal history, Department of Justice fingerprinting, DMV driving history, credit check, previous/current employment references, and personal references), pre-placement medical exam including drug screening, and a psychological exam. The City reserves the right to request a candidate to submit to a polygraph exam. All applicants will be held to the highest standards of integrity and honesty. All information provided by applicants is required to be truthful and accurate; failure to do so may result in disqualification. I have read and understand the information provided above. Yes No
13. Have you applied to become a Police Officer – Trainee with the City of Walnut Creek in the last year? Please note: Applicants must wait one year from the date of their last application to re-apply. Yes No
14. Why do you want to become a Police Officer with the City of Walnut Creek? (Please limit your response to 1-2 paragraphs.)

  • Compensation: $76,878.10 – $93,403.18 Annually
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