Police Officer Trainee

City of Ventura
Until Filled

The City of Ventura is hiring!  We are accepting applications for the position of Police Officer Trainee. The Police Officer Trainee is a non-safety, non-sworn, at-will position. This position is required to attend an Academy that provides specialized instruction for Police Officer Trainees in a high-stress 26-week California’s Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) accredited program.  Police Officer Trainees’ also receive 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. Police Officer Trainees learn the philosophy of community-based policing with a familiarization between law enforcement and community residents that emphasizes solving problems collaboratively.   

This position is designated as "at-will," serving at the pleasure of the Police Chief, and subject to discharge without cause and without right of appeal.
The ideal candidate for this position has demonstrated proficiency using office technology and can adapt successfully to new technology changes in the workplace. This person is highly organized and can manage multiple projects at a time. The ideal candidate is skilled at working with constituents and employees from diverse backgrounds. This individual will possess a passion to give back to the community and bring forward innovative ideas to the City team. 

The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary and other benefits! Refer to the benefits tab on the job posting for more information.
If you meet the qualifications for the position and are interested in a career with the City of Ventura Police Department, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire.  Applications submitted are reviewed on an ongoing basis, apply now for consideration.
For additional information on the duties and responsibilities of the position, refer to the job descriptions located on the City's Career Page at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs

Salary and Benefits

The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary plus excellent benefit! Salary:  $72,011.89 Annually


Candidates must meet the qualifications stated below to be considered for this position.

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

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

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.


Must have completed the National Testing Network (NTN) FrontLine National Written examination within one year prior to submitting your application and achieve a minimum score of: Video (65), Reading (70), Writing (70).  The Human Resources Department will confirm applicant test scores directly with NTN once the application is submitted.  
Information Regarding NTN FrontLine National Written examination:
If you choose to take the NTN written examination, 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.  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.

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 demonstrate financial hardship may submit a request to have the fee waived prior to test registration.  See Candidate FAQ #27 on the NTN website for information on how to apply for a fee waiver. www.nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/faqs.cfm
Online practice tests are available at www.frontlinetest.com.
Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times each week, including Saturdays.

To Apply
Applications and supplemental questions will be accepted on a continuous basis and candidates should apply promptly to be considered for any current or upcoming vacancies. 

To be considered for this exciting new opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. Go to www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs and Apply!  EEO/ADA