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Public Safety Officer

Police Officer Trainee
Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety - Sunnyvale, California

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$89,516.00 annual
Academy Graduate:
$89,516.00 annual
$93,991.00 annual
Top Pay:
$123,919.00 annual

Job Description

Under immediate supervision of a Public Safety Lieutenant or Captain, attends police academy and learns to perform a wide range of public safety work involving the protection of life and property including law enforcement, crime prevention, fire suppression, rescue, and basic life support activities; and performs related work as required.DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICSThe position of Public Safety Officer-In-Training is the training level for general police and fire work. Incumbents are not sworn personnel and are generally in this classification until successful completion of the police academy. Assignment to this classification is temporary. If incumbents do not successfully complete a police academy, they will be terminated. Public Safety Officer-In-Training is distinguished from the higher-level Public Safety Officer I in that the latter is a sworn position where incumbents continue training for both police and fire duties. Incumbents must successfully complete the police academy prior to being promoted to the classification of Public Safety Officer I. 


Requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. Additionally, the position requires near and far vision in reading reports and work related documents and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal customer service. The need to lift, drag and push equipment and bodies weighing up to 165 pounds, the ability to run continuously for 500 yards and climb 6 foot high fences is also required. When in the field, positions are required to walk and stand during emergency situations, including on uneven and slippery surfaces; wear police officer and firefighter clothing and carry equipment; climb ladders and work from elevated positions and enter confined spaces wearing appropriate breathing apparatus. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.

Additional Information

Must have knowledge of:
  • Basic principles of electricity.
  • Principles of physics, chemistry of fire, and mechanics.
  • Weights, measures and capacities.
  • Office methods, procedures, software and equipment.
  • Principles and practices of good customer service.
  • Principles and practices of effective interpersonal communication.
Must have willingness to:
  • Adhere to ethics of law enforcement.
  • Enforce all laws, policies and procedures regardless of personal ethics or feelings.
  • Comply with department grooming standards and wear a uniform furnished by the department.
  • Carry and use approved weapons, including (but not limited to) firearms and batons, if justified by laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Take the life of another, if justified by laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Work in, around, or with severely decomposed, burnt, or dismembered bodies.
  • Train citizens as well as other employees.
  • Work irregular hours, irregular days, overtime, weekends, holidays, variable shifts, evenings, on-call and 24-hour shift.
  • Work at any location in the city on short notice.
  • Attend meetings or classes both on and off duty.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21 years at time of application
  • Education: 60 Semester or 90 Quarter Units
  • Experience: None


Education and Experience:
The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:
An Associate’s degree or have completed 60 semester or 90 quarter units at an accredited college or university.
Possess and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver’s license and a safe driving record.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice or related field. 
  • Must be 21 years of age at time of application.
  • Must successfully complete a post-offer physical exam paid for by the City.
  • Must successfully complete an extensive background check.

Contact Informaton

Lt. Anthony Tani

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
700 All America Way
Sunnyvale, California 94086
phone: (408) 730-7164

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