Police Trainee Job Opening

The Police Trainee is the non-sworn entry training classification in to the University of California Police Department. Applicants selected as Police Trainees must successfully complete a CA-POST Basic Police Academy sponsored by the department. The Basic Police Academy is an intensive 888-hour, full-time course, which last approximately six months.  The full-time intensive Academy requires a strong commitment by the recruit and their families.

During training, incumbents do not have police powers and are subject to all the policies and procedures of the University of California, the University of California Police Department and the police academy attended. Trainees may be assigned non-safety duties in the Police Department such as assisting in prevention, collecting information and data and transporting people and materials.

Upon successful completion of the academy, Police Trainees will be eligible to fill vacant Police Officer positions (TC: 5323). Promotion to a sworn Police Officer position is contingent upon successful completion of the basic academy and the final review of the Police Chief.

Upon promotion to Police Officer, the selected incumbent must successfully complete a Field Training Program (FTP) and a probationary period of no less than 12 months.


Under direct supervision, enroll and attend an approved Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) basic police academy to be trained in the technical knowledge, skills and physical capabilities required to perform police service.

Read and follow the UCSC Principles of Community.

Demonstrate a commitment to professional ethics and integrity.

Facilitate clear and positive communications between department members, other public safety entities, and the community. 

Abide by Department General Orders, directives, procedures, and requirements.  

Abide by UC Santa Cruz policy and procedures.

Abide by University of California policy and procedures.

Comply with the university and/or department discrimination and harassment policy.

Maintain departmental standards as outlined by the Chief of Police or designee.

Required Qualifications/Competencies

Understand, interpret and apply State and local laws and regulations, departmental policies and procedures, and other technical literature pertaining to law enforcement. 

React quickly and calmly in emergency or hazardous situations and adopt an effective course of action.

Observe and remember facts and details of incidents.

Follow oral and written instructions.

Learn to operate firearms safely and skillfully. 

Obtain information through interview, interrogation and observation.

Write clear and accurate reports on a computer using a basic word processing program.

Adapt to changing police processes utilizing computer technology.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Communicate verbally in a clear and effective manner.

Deal tactfully and effectively with a wide range of different individuals and groups from the community. 

Preferred Qualifications/Competencies

A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Knowledge of current police practices, protocols and procedures.

Knowledge of the workings of the California criminal justice system.

Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws applicable to the police function generally, and to the University of California police function specifically.


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https://jobs.ucsc.edu - enter job number 1606629 in the search box

To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit they must be submitted electronically via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site (http://jobs.ucsc.edu) on or before the initial review date.  Computers are available at the UCSC Staff Human Resources office located at 1201 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz.  For further information or to request disability accommodation call 831-459-2009.  Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service 800-735-2922.  The University of California, Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.