VENTURA POLICE DEPARTMENT
501 POLI ST.
VENTURA, CALIFORNIA 93001
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Updated: June 01, 2020
Job Classification: Police Officer Trainee
The City of Ventura is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer Trainee. This is an open continuous recruitment process and applications are screened on an ongoing basis. Candidate qualifications and scores are currently being screened for the October 2020 Academy. Specific Academy dates could change depending on current circumstances.
Applicants must submit a City of Ventura application and complete the supplemental questionnaire in order to qualify for this position.
Salary Information: $5,868.95/month
Benefit Information: Information on Ventura Police Department’s extensive benefits package can be found by referring to the benefits tab on the job posting located at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs
Candidate Contact: Human Resources805-654-7853Email: email@example.com
Area Information: The City of Ventura, one of America’s most livable communities, is located between Malibu and Santa Barbara on the blue Pacific Ocean, overlooking Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands.
Police Officer Trainee - Position Information: 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.
Age: Must be 20 years of age at the time of application.
US Citizen: 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.
High School Grad/GED: Graduation from High School, or a GED is required.
Valid CALIFORNIA State Driver's License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver license and acceptable driving record are required.
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
Vision: Must meet vision requirements per California POST Medical Standards
College: College coursework in Criminal Justice, behavioral, or other social science coursework is preferred.
Additional Minimum Qualifications: Convictions - Must be of good moral character, with no felony convictions.
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.
Hiring Process: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE REVIEW
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. Applicants must successfully meet the written examination requirement and submit qualifying POST PELLETB exam results WITH their application or have already passed the National Testing Network exam to be certified to the eligibility list.
Applicants are required to successfully Submit National Testing Network (NTN) FrontLine National Written examination test results through NTN. The 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. 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.
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.
Applicants are encouraged to take the written exam and submit an application as soon as possible as recruitment may close at any time.
Applicants that meet the written examination requirement by providing 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.
PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT COMPLETION
All applicants certified to the eligibility list are required to complete and return the POST Personal History Statement to the Police Department. Applicants that have been certified to the eligibility list will be notified via e-mail with instructions and a due date for the Personal History Statement. Applicants should not submit a Personal History Statement until they are requested to do so.
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: