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Police Recruitment : Job Details

Police Officer Trainee

Police Force:City of Union City
Location:East Bay
Salary:$30.32 Hourly
Close Date: Mar 13, 2014
Salary: $30.32 Hourly

A Great Place to Work

The City of Union City, a general law city, is the gateway to the Silicon Valley and a recipient of the 1999 All-America City award. Union City is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and we are proud of our culturally diverse population of 69,516. We have safe and award winning schools, and we are close to shopping and transportation. The City of Union City offers home loans to those interested in residing in the community. Also, our community is near parklands such as Coyote Hills and the Alameda Regional Trails and in our residential community you will enjoy over 33 parks, a City owned Sports Center and our mild climate year round.

The Council-Manager municipal government has over 225 full-time staff.

The Police Department was formed in 1966 and is currently staffed by 77 sworn and 34 non-sworn positions. The Department is a dynamic and enthusiastic service oriented organization with an annual budget of more than $20 million.

The Challenge

As a Police Officer Trainee, you will attend a basic POST certified police academy designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system including knowledge of laws, police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid and physical fitness. You will receive training to develop an awareness of Police Department functions, as well as the responsibilities of Police Officers and how those responsibilites relate to field operations.

Ideal Candidate:

The Requirements
To be considered as a candidate for Police Officer Recruit I, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment
  • Be able to prove United States citizenship
  • Provide proof of a POST "T-score" of 48 points or higher with application
  • Have no felony convictions
  • 15 semester units at any college in the United States is desired
  • Possess a valid California driver's license with a satisfactory driving record
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Successfully pass a background investigation
  • Prior use of controlled substances may be grounds for disqualification

The Compensation
As a Police Officer Trainee you will be paid $30.32 per hour until you complete the basic police academy. You will paid $5,861 per month until you complete field training at which time you will be paid $6,558 to $7,853 per month in five steps over a period of three years.

Authorization to Work:
Before an appointment may be made to the position, the person selected must provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States, according to the federal law.
Please note that this announcement does not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revised without notice.

Recruitment Process
Application and supplemental questionnaire should be completed on-line. (Resumes can be attached onto the CalOpps application.)

You must have a T-Score minimum passing test score of 48 and submit proof of this with your application. If you have multiple pages to attach to your application, please scan all documents onto one PDF file as CalOpps only accepts one file attachment.

Application and materials can also be mailed or delivered to the Police Personnel and Training Unit, at the address below. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Recruitment will close at 5:00 p.m. on March 13, 2014. Faxed application material will not be accepted.

Application may be obtained from:
Union City Police Department
Attn: Personnel and Training
34009 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA 94587-4497
Tel: (510) 675-5286
Job Hotline: 510-675-5339

Employment questions will be responded to via E-mail at:

The Selection Process
Properly complete and submit a Union City employment application and supplemental questionnaire with proof of your T-Score with a minimum pass test score of 48.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee that you will be invited to participate in the process. Only the candidates that have the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirement and duties of the position will continue in the selection process. The process will include an oral panel interview with law enforcement professionals, a physical agility asessment with a minimum passing score of 350, and may also include an interview with Operation and Support Services Managers, and other related test components. All applicants will be subjected to a polygraph examination; a thorough examination of their personal background, a thorough medical examination, and a psychological assessment.

All persons appointed to the position of Police Officer Trainee will be required to complete the police academy, Department's field training program and an 18 month probation period which begins at the date of appointment to the rank of Recruit II. Please note that failing the police academy may also terminate employment with the City of Union City.

The Examination Process

Union City will make reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities. If you feel you will need accommodations, you must notify the Personnel & Training Unit at (510) 675-5286 & provide a reasonable amount of time for arrangements to be made.

The City of Union City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.


Employee Benefits

  • PERS Retirement - 2.0% @ 62 benefit, 3 year final average compensation; converted to Safety 2.7% @ 57 upon successful completion of the Academy.
  • Required PERS contributions vary by plan. All required contributions are tax deferred.
  • There are no Social Security deductions (except 1.45% Medicare).
  • The City provides medical insurance to the employee only.

ClosingDate:Thu, 13 Mar 2014 5:00 PM PST
Site link:For the full job application please click here.
Job ID:34438


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