Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $56,302.00 - $68,011.00 gross per year
  • Napa


Are you someone who wants to work with dedicated people to make a real difference in the community? Have you been searching for an unusual yet thoroughly rewarding career? Are you someone with the desire to help others in emergency situations? Do you excel at making good decisions under pressure?

Join our team and you'll learn to protect yourself and others with incredible training, gain another family and a sense of belonging that no other career can offer, and spend your time helping others by making a positive impact on the community.

Oh, did wemention the awesome pay and benefits? Pay during the academy isup to $32.69 per hour! Currently, our full-time PoliceOfficers earn a base salary of $111,705 annually, plus enjoy incredible health and retirement benefits! Check out the benefits link!

Learn more about the10 Best Things About Becoming a Police Officer!

The City of Napa Police Department is dedicated to providing unparalleled service to its diverse local community. A career with the City of Napa Police Department offers many rewards: competitive salaries and excellent benefits; opportunities to make significant positive impacts on people in your community; an amazing variety of work and challenges; and a satisfying public service career.

MissionCommunity, Service, Excellence

VisionWe serve the community with excellence

Core Values
Purpose - Engage in meaningful service.
Resolve - Strength to persevere.
Integrity - Demonstrating the highest level of ethical conduct with accountability and pride.
Dignity - Everyone we come in contact with is treated with compassion respect.
Excellence - Performing at the highest level.

The City of Napa and its Police Departmentaresearching for individuals of unquestionable integrity who can demonstrate sound judgment and decision-making skills under all conditions. We seek leaders who possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to evaluate emergency situations while remaining calm, and the skills to think critically and make sound split-second decisions.Click here to learn more about the Napa Police Departmentor contactthe Human Resources Department at (707) 257-9505.

This recruitment and examination is being conducted to fill multiplePolice Officer Traineevacancies and may be used to fill future full-time vacancies as they occur during the active status of the employment list.The active status of this employment list will be at least one (1) year unless abolished sooner or extended beyond that datein accordance with the Civil Service Rules.
APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Failure to attach the required documents will result in disqualification.

- Completed Online Employment Application
- Completed Supplemental Questionnaire
- If you have completed a POST Entry Level Law EnforcementTest Battery (PELLET-B)and received a T-score of 48 or higher, you may submit that score at the time of application. In order to be eligible, the exam must have been taken within 12 months of our POST exam administration. Candidateswho attach a copy of the notice of results from the agency which administered the exam with the POST T-score of 48 or higher to their online application will have the Written Examination process administered by the City of Napa waived. Applicantswho do not attach a valid POST T-score of 48 or higher and meet the minimum qualifications for the position will be invited to participate in the Written Examination administered by the City of Napa.

Under supervision, performs a variety of entry level police support duties in a learning capacity; assists and observes Police Officers and civilian police personnel; attends the Police Academy to obtain a P.O.S.T. Certificate of Completion; performs related work which may require public contact but not the enforcement of laws.

This is a pre-entry level law enforcement classification in which incumbents learn and gain additional qualifications in preparation for a career as a sworn peace officer.Appointment to this classification is expected to lead to development of knowledge, skills and abilities which can be applied upon successful entrance to the Police Officer class.Upon attainment of the appropriate P.O.S.T. certification, incumbents in this class will be appointed to the Police Officer classification; such appointment is expected by the completion of the probationary period.The Police Officer Trainee is distinguished from Police Officer in that the latter is the working level class with enforcement powers requiring sworn peace officer status.

In addition to attending the Police Academy to gain training and proficiency in law enforcement terminology, concepts, techniques and to gain the requisite knowledge to be eligible to perform the duties of a sworn peace officer, candidates may perform the following duties as assigned:

- Ride with officers to observe and learn peace officer responsibilities and techniques.
- Operate police information equipment, including computer systems, teletypes and telephones to enter and research information at the direction of an Officer or police civilian.
- Assist in processing, packaging, labeling, storing and destroying property and evidence; may provide assistance with photocopies, files, indexes and locating police records and related paperwork.
- Perform errands for the department such as transporting information and paperwork to court and district attorney offices; perform related duties as assigned.

A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skill and ability required for this position would be:Equivalent to graduation from high school and any full or part-time work experience of a length to demonstrate good work habits.Experience working in a police environment and completion of college-level course work related to law enforcement are preferred.

KNOWLEDGE OF:Basic English grammar, composition, spelling and punctuation; basic mathematics; effective communication and public speaking; effective problem solving techniques; basic law enforcement concepts; basic computer operating systems and software applications related to the work.

ABILITY TO:Successfully complete the P.O.S.T. Basic Police Academy; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; learn, understand and interpret laws and regulations; learn to implement and enforce laws, policies, regulations, guidelines and orders concerning the protection of life, property and the maintenance of law, order and peace; observe and accurately recall names, faces, numbers, incidents and places; think and act quickly in emergency situations; analyze situations and adopt effective courses of action; exercise sound judgment, often under pressure; understand and carry out written and oral directions; write at a fast rate of speed to prepare accurate and factual written reports; perform basic math computations; safely operate motor vehicles; establish and maintain effective relationships with co-workers, supervisors, public officials and representative of other agencies; utilize computers and computer software, as required; learn to meet the minimum standards of use with department-issued or approved lethal and non-lethal weapons.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:Must possess sufficient physical strength, ability, coordination and stamina to perform the essential duties of a Police Officer.

Applicants are to file a City of Napa employment application and supplemental questionnaire online by the final filing date. A resume may be submitted, but it will not take the place of the completed application forms. Applications are accepted online at

Please answer all mandatory supplemental questions. Type in "N/A" if the question does not apply. Do not leave any questions blank or your application may be rejected. List all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, please list each position separately. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in disqualification.

Notification and correspondence will be sent via e-mail only. No paper notices will be mailed to applicants. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure a correct e-mail address is provided and that correspondences are being received. Some e-mail accounts recognize these e-mails in the spam/junk folders. Please check your e-mail spam/junk folders or allow e-mail correspondences from e-mails ending in

- An Application Appraisal will be conducted to evaluate each candidates' supplemental questionnaire, educational course work, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position.
- Candidates who pass the Application Appraisal will be invited to take the POST PELLET-B Test (unless a passing score of 48 or higher has already been provided to the Human Resources Department)to participate in the Physical Agility Test.
- Candidates who pass the POST PELLET-B and Physical Agility Tests will be invited to an In-Person Interview and Exam.
- Candidates who pass the In-person Interview and Exam will be placed on an eligible list.
- The probationary period is the last phase of the selection process. Incumbents are required to establish a bona fide residence in compliance with agreed-to travel time (1-hour) by completion of the probationary period.

Candidates referred tothe Police Departmentfor a selection interview are required to sign a

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