Description/Special Instructions Benefits Supplemental Questions
The City of Elk Grove is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a work
environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and professionalism.
The Elk Grove Police Department is inviting motivated individuals seeking a challenging and rewarding career in law enforcement to apply for the Police Recruit position. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with the desire to begin a career in law enforcement and participate in a high level of community collaboration.
Please note: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time. Testing will take place on a rolling basis. Testing dates and all recruitment notifications will be provided via e-mail.
This is a non-sworn position designed for individuals considering a career in law enforcement and for the purpose of preparing potential Police Officer candidates. Employees in this position are temporary at-will employees in preparation for and through attending the Police Academy. Upon successful completion of the academy, incumbents are promoted to the sworn Police Officer classification.
In order to be considered for this position, applicants MUST attach all required documents to their application at the time of submittal (some restrictions may apply). Review steps 1-5 below to ensure your application is complete. Applicants who do not provide the required documents and fail to meet the requirements will not move forward in this recruitment.
* Apply for the position by using the City's automated application tool, NEOGOV.
* Answer the required supplemental questions on the electronic application
* Attach a copy of your California PELLETB score results to your application
* Required aggregate score of 45 or better
* Must have been taken within the last year
* If you are receiving your PELLETB score after you have submitted your application, email your results as an attachment to Anje Mahil at
* You must have your scores verified before being selected for an oral examination
* Although it is not required, if you have successfully completed a California Physical Ability Test (PAT), attach a copy of your results to your application
* Must have been taken within the last year
* Must possess 40 college units
* Four (4) years of U.S. Military Service with an honorable discharge or a reservist member with a Joint Service Transcript showing 40 credits can be substituted for the forty (40) unit requirement
WHERE TO OBTAIN A PELLETB TEST AND A PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST (PAT):
PELLETB and PAT must be obtained through a
California law enforcement agency or law enforcement training academy.
The Elk Grove Police Department does host PELLETB testing annually. Registration details regarding the next exam date are forthcoming. If you meet the minimum requirements, you will be notified via email regarding future PELLETB testing
Other Testing Resources:
* Sacramento County Sheriff's Training Academy
* Sacramento Police Department Training Academy
* South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium
* Modesto Police Department
For additional testing resources and for more information about Police Officer Standards and Training, please click on the following link
Under general supervision, performs developmental assignments while preparing for enrollment to the police academy. Police Recruits participate in basic law enforcement training, gain an understanding of police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid, acquire physical and emotional skills needed to successfully complete the police academy and may perform non-sworn, non-hazardous duties in support of a variety of police operations.
Representative Duties: The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
* Participate in and provide support and assistance to special crime prevention and enforcement programs.
* Control traffic flow and enforce State and local municipal codes violations and traffic regulations.
* Operate a variety of motor vehicles.
* Operates a wide variety of law enforcement equipment, including radio and communications equipment to transmit to and receive information from Police personnel using a coded response system.
* Perform investigative work.
* Attend briefings, meetings, seminars, and training activities.
* Review Department operating procedures, criminal law changes, crime maps, and other related information.
* Perform and variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of the Police Department.
* Performs related duties as assigned.
Qualifications: The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
* Computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
* Basic law enforcement theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and programs.
* Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations and department rules, policies, and procedures.
* Self-defense principles and practices.
* Research and report writing techniques.
* Methods and techniques used in customer service and public relations.
* Principles and practices of record keeping and reporting.
* Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
* English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
* Geographic features and locations within the area served.
* Learn the principles, practices, procedures, laws and ordinances, terminology, and operation of equipment used in law enforcement, crime prevention, and investigation.
* Use and care for firearms.
* Observe, assimilate, remember, and recall pertinent facts and details.
* Read maps and mapped information.
* Follow oral and written directions
* Write clearly, accurately, concisely, legibly, and with correct grammatical construction and spelling.
* Use tact and maintain cooperative relationships with public.
* Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
* Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.
* Must have a minimum of 40 college units
* Four (4) years of U.S. Military Service with an honorable discharge or a reservist member with a Joint Service Transcript showing 40 credits can be substituted for the sixty (40) unit requirement.
* One year of experience working with the public
* Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of completion of the Police Academy.
* Must submit a proof of a California PELLETB score of 45 or higher. The PELLETB must have been taken within the last year.
* Successful completion of a Physical Ability Test (PAT) administered by a California law enforcement agency or California law enforcement training academy is highly desirable. The PAT must have been taken within the last year. Attach proof of successful completion of a PAT to the application.
* Applicants must be of good moral character and have no convictions of a felony offense or any offense reflecting lack of character or judgment. Conviction of a felony or serious misdemeanor is disqualifying.
* Incumbent will need to pass a background investigation which includes a drug screen, polygraph/CVSA examination, psychological and medical evaluation.
License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Work is generally performed in a typical field environment, with most time spent sitting, standing or walking. Position will require work outdoors and using body, ear and eye protection. Incumbent may be required to work rotating shifts and assignments, and may work overtime with little or no notice.
Physical: Due to the varied and unpredictable nature of police work, the incumbent may also be required to perform the following: make precise arm-hand positioning movements and maintain static arm-hand position such as when sighting and shooting a firearm; may require continuous and repetitive arm-hand movements; use sufficient strength and agility to enable the incumbent to sprint, or jump; coordinate the movement of more than one limb simultaneously such as when using hand radio while driving a vehicle or searching a building with firearm drawn, flashlight on and opening and closing doors; bend or stoop repeatedly and continuously over time such as getting in and out of patrol car or gathering evidence at crime scenes; wear a 15 lb. utility/gun belt which requires the continuous support from stomach and lower back muscles; may require the movement of heavy objects 50 lbs. and more. The incumbent may respond to complex police situations or emergencies and is therefore subject to any of the hazards encountered by police patrol officers. Operate various office equipment such as telephones, computers, copiers..... click apply for full job details