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Police Recruitment : Job Details

Police Officer Trainee

Police Force:City of Hayward
Location:East Bay
Salary:$5,191.00 - $5,449.00 Monthly
Close Date: Continuous
Salary: $5,191.00 - $5,449.00 Monthly

This recruitment is open to those individuals with no prior law enforcement experience and have not received POST certified police academy training. If you are a POST certified academy graduate, please see the City's recruitment for Police Officer (Academy Graduate or Participant).

FINAL FILING DATE: Open until filled. This recruitment may close at any time upon receipt of sufficient qualified applicants.

THE POSITION: This is a trainee level classification which provides transition into the position of Police Officer. A Police Officer Trainee is hired into this civilian position for the period prior to and during the time they are assigned to a Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified police academy. The police academy has an expected duration of approximately 6 months. Upon successful completion of training at an academy and upon the availability of a Police Officer position, Police Officer Trainees are sworn in and appointed to the classification of Police Officer. The Police Officer Trainee is represented by SEIU Local 1021 and benefits are limited to those of a civilian employee.

Upon appointment to Police Officer, duties may include a wide variety of law enforcement assignments such as: patrol, traffic control, criminal and juvenile investigation, and radio communication. These require operating a patrol car or motorcycle, arresting and citing violators of laws, writing reports, serving warrants, testifying in court and providing information to the public. Please see the City of Hayward’s website for a complete job description.


Experience: None.

Education: High school diploma or equivalent. (Possession of an Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is desirable)

Licenses: Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C California Driver’s License.


• Free of any felony convictions.

• A citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (Government Code Para. 1031).

• Not less than 21 years of age at time of appointment.

• Vision in each eye, correctable to at least 20/30.

• Must pass a background investigation.

• Must meet all Department medical, physical and psychological standards.

• Bi-lingual applicants are encouraged to apply.


1. Copy of a valid T-score of 50 or above on the POST written examination from within the last 12 months.

2. Copy of a valid WSTB (Work Sample Test Battery) Physical Agility score (minimum score of 384 required), including a 1 1/2 mile run from within the last 12 months.

3. A typing certificate with 25 net words per minute from within the last 6 months.

You may obtain a free typing test at any East Bay Works Center. Typing certificates will also be accepted from a public school, business school, temporary agency or similar agency. The typing certificate should attest a 5-minute timed test and specify net words per minute.

Online certificates will not be accepted.

SELECTION PROCEDURE: Candidates must submit a completed City of Hayward job application, a valid T-score of 50 or above on the POST written examination, a valid WSTB Physical Agility score of 384 or above, including a pass on the 1 1/2 mile run, and a typing certificate with 25 net words per minute, to be considered. Documents should be uploaded to your application, or can be faxed to 510-583-3655 or emailed to All documents must be submitted within 45 days of application in order to be considered. Applications without appropriate certifications will not be considered. The examination process will include a pre-qualifying background questionnaire, writing skills examination (different from the POST written examination) and/or oral interview. Candidates passing all phases of the examination process will be placed on an eligible list for hiring consideration. Actual hire depends on success in the departmental selection process including selection interview, background investigation, polygraph, psychological evaluation and medical exam.

The South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium offers POST and WSTB testing ( Applicants may also submit a letter, on agency letterhead, that states that an individual has taken the California POST and/or WSTB test. The letter must contain a numeric score AND the date of the test(s).

APPLICATIONS: Candidates are encouraged to apply online at or Paper applications can be obtained by visiting the Human Resources Department at Hayward City Hall located at 777 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Resumes cannot be submitted in lieu of an application. A complete job description and benefit summary can be found on the City’s website.


Salary is supplemented by an attractive benefits package that includes a competitive retirement package. The City does not participate in Social Security with the exception of the 1.45% mandatory Medicare contribution.

Additional benefits include, but are not limited to:

Medical—City monthly contributions for employee and eligible dependents.

Dental/Vision—Full coverage for employee and eligible dependents through Delta Dental and VSP paid by City.

Vacation Leave—Up to 5 weeks per year (based on years of service)

Sick Leave—12 days per year.

Retirement—The City offers a CalPERS retirement formula, depending on individual eligibility, of either 2.5% @ 55 or 2% @ 62 for miscellaneous, and 3.0% @ 50 or 2.7% @57 for safety.

Please visit the City’s website for a complete benefit summary.

Site link:For the full job application please click here.
Job ID:34776


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