Position Detail:

Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety
500 City Center Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Sonoma County


Hiring Information:

Position: Public Safety Officer Trainee
Last Filing Date:  June 22, 2017

Special Instructions:  



The Position
3+ Openings for the January 2018 SRJC Police Academy in Windsor, CA

The City of Rohnert Park is one of the few cities in the nation to consolidate delivery of primary police and fire services by utilizing cross-trained personnel. All officers are trained as firefighters. These personnel are truly "Public Safety Officers" and not just specialists in one area of Public Safety. This "Public Safety" concept has been in operation since the City was incorporated. Public Safety Officers in the City of Rohnert Park have the unique opportunity of combining two great careers in one job.

The City of Rohnert Park is pleased to announce an exciting career opportunity for Public Safety Officer Trainee. The Public Safety Officer Trainee is a non-sworn, training-level classification requiring no prior law enforcement experience. Trainees are considered probationary City of Rohnert Park employees and will be sent to a basic police academy at the City`s expense, in addition to receiving a full salary while attending the academy. Upon successful completion and graduation from the academy, a trainee may be considered for appointment to the position of probationary Public Safety Officer. Please note: Candidates must be 21 years old by academy graduation on May 24, 2018.

The Public Safety Department is seeking motivated individuals with a strong commitment to providing excellent and friendly customer service to the members of the community, who possess high ethical standards and are team players. The Public Safety Department`s mission statement is, "Make Rohnert Park the Safest City Along the U.S. 101 Corridor."

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete an online application and the required supplemental questions by the final filing date of June 22, 2017 by 5 p.m. Please note that work history must include all employment for the last ten years. All applications will be screened for completeness and possession of minimum qualifications. Applications will be reviewed in detail to select the most qualified candidates to proceed in the recruitment process.

If you are having difficulty applying online please click on this Application Help/FAQ`s link www.governmentjobs.com/home/faq

You may submit a resume or other relevant document to further describe your qualifications; however, "SEE RESUME" will NOT meet the requirements to submit a complete application, including employment history, or be accepted in lieu of responses to supplemental questions. Be advised that your resume and other attachments not specifically requested may not be used to determine your qualifications.

All candidates will be notified of their status within 10 days of the final filing date for this position. The most qualified candidates will be selected to proceed to the testing phase in the recruitment process.

The recruitment process timeline for these positions is very aggressive to ensure we have 3+ candidates for the January 2018 Police Academy. Candidates are encouraged to visit the POST website at: https://www.post.ca.gov/ to review the Personal History Statement Peace Officer under the Forms tab and begin gathering the required documentation.

Successful candidates will receive an invitation to participate in physical/agility testing. Candidates who pass the physical/agility testing will take the written POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLET B). (Note: If you have previously completed the California POST PELLET B exam, we will accept results from another agency on their agency letterhead if the T-Score is not more than a year old and indicate a "T" score of 48 or higher.)

Testing will take place on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at the SRJC Public Safety Training Center located at 5743 Skylane Boulevard in Windsor as follows:

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Physical/Agility Testing, which includes four components:

6 foot solid wall climb with 25 yard sprint and 6 foot chain link fence climb with 25 yard sprint
99 yard obstacle course run
Body drag pulling a 165 pound dummy 35 feet
500 yard run
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Oral Interviews
Candidates who complete the POST PELLET B written test will be invited to an oral interview on July 10th or 11th, 2017.

Candidates will be notified of their PELLET B score in writing within 10 business days after taking the test. Candidates must receive a score of T48 or higher to pass the test.

Background Check
Candidates who receive a passing score of T48 or higher on the PELLET B and pass the oral interview will proceed to the background check process. Background check requirements include:

Must successfully complete a thorough background investigation, which includes fingerprints, criminal, personal, driving, credit, employment and education history.
Must meet the Department`s drug and alcohol standards; pass a polygraph, psychological evaluation, and medical examination.
Any felony conviction is considered disqualifying.
Attends a Basic Police Academy as approved by the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and successfully completes the Academy`s course of study to acquire the State of California peace officer status; and in a non-sworn capacity performs other work as required.

The Public Safety Officer Trainee attends the Academy. The position is limited to individuals who have not completed a California POST certified Basic Police Academy within the last three (3) years. This is a non-sworn class with no police officer powers, and does not perform active law enforcement duties.

The Public Safety Officer Trainee is a probationary employee and must successfully complete all academy courses, including but not limited to academic coursework, physical training, vehicle operation, and use of weapons. Incumbents are subject to termination without cause and without a reason. Upon successful completion and graduation from the academy, a trainee may be considered for appointment to the position of probationary Public Safety Officer.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED/EXERCISED Department of Public Safety personnel shall provide indirect supervision and will closely monitor academic progress and physical achievement.

Ideal Candidate
(These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary)

Attends and participates in a comprehensive training program at a Basic Police Academy for a period of approximately five (5) months
Receives instruction in the interpretation and application of the Penal Code, Vehicle Code and other laws relating to the protection of life and property
Receives, learns and understands instruction in basic criminal investigation procedures and techniques, including but not limited to police ethics, witness interrogation, and collection of evidence
Receives and participates in firearm training, classroom instruction in enforcement psychology, enforcement tactics, effective writing, and speaking
Learns radio operations and methods of traffic, riot and crowd control
Participates in and trains for physical strength and agility, and in Emergency Vehicle operations

Provide outstanding and friendly customer service
Create and maintain a respectful and collaborative working environment
Communicate honestly and behave in a manner that is ethical, legal and fiscally responsible
Demonstrate care for the organization, customers and co-workers
Practice and encourage initiative and innovation to improve the workplace
Qualifications and Requirements
Must be 21 years old at the time of graduation.
US Citizen or US Citizen within 1 year of appointment.
For individuals wearing eyeglasses or hard contact lenses, uncorrected vision of 20/100 or better in both eyes is required; correctable vision of 20/30 when both eyes are tested together. If an individual has uncorrected vision of more than 20/100 they must use soft contact lenses. For individuals who wear soft contact lenses there is no "uncorrected" vision standard. However, individuals who wear soft contact lenses must be corrected to 20/30 when both eyes are tested, and have successfully worn soft contact lenses for six (6) months prior to employment.
Normal hearing acuity.
Experience and Education:

Equivalent to completion of the twelfth (12th) grade and any employment or volunteer work that demonstrates good work habits would be qualifying.
Highly desirable: The completion of some college level semester units.

Possession of a Class C California Driver`s License.
Highly desirable: Completion of a Firefighter 1 Academy. Firefighter I or Firefighter II Certification through the California Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Read, learn, and understand various laws, policies, rules, procedures, law enforcement techniques and first aid
Analyze situations and/or problems and rationally and calmly take quick, effective action in emergency and stress situations
Undergo strenuous physical training
Successfully complete a structured academic training program as required to successfully complete law enforcement recruit academy
Possess sufficient strength and agility necessary to perform the duties of a Public Safety Officer within an environment as described under Working Conditions
Additional Information
The Public Safety Officer Trainee learns and trains to potentially become a Public Safety Officer. As such, he/she must be able to sit, stand, walk, run, reach, twist, turn, kneel, bend, squat, and crouch to perform the daily activities of a Public Safety Officer. The Trainee must also be able to grasp, make repetitive hand movement, and have fine coordination to write reports and use a computer keyboard. Additionally, the Trainee must see near, far, at night, and have color vision to view crime scenes, evidence, and fire a weapon. The incumbent must be able to frequently run in pursuit and subdue suspects while taking them into custody; walk on uneven and slippery surfaces. They work outdoors in all weather conditions, around loud siren noise and moving vehicles. The Public Safety Officer Trainee must be able to work around chemicals, pesticides, blood, and other potential toxic exposures and around electrical hazards. The Trainee should be aware that he/she would be subjected to physical threats, verbal abuse, and other stressful situations. They must be prepared to work a variety of shifts, including a 24-hour schedule. During fire suppression activities, he/she is required to wear protective gear, carry appropriate tools, and wear self-contained breathing apparatus weighing a combined total of 100 pounds, while performing many of the emergency related duties; may be exposed to very hot and very cold conditions, and enter smoke filled buildings. While performing emergency aid, lifting and carrying victims and moving heavy equipment may be required. Incumbents will be required to work in small, cramped crawl spaces, areas where vision is limited, and/or at heights including rooftops and on ladders.


Starting Salary:  $4,412.52 Monthly
Top Salary:   N/A
Contact:   City of Rohnert Park, Human Resources
130 Avram Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

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Annual Budget: N/A
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