Police Officer Trainee

City of Mountain View - Mountain View, CA3.8

This Role
The Police Officer's primary responsibility is to promote community order and protect life and property through the
preservation of the public peace, prevention of crime and enforcement of laws. The Police Department is committed to
the philosophy of Community Policing. Our Officers and their approach to Police work reflect this commitment. The
Police Officer Trainee is a non-sworn, entry-level position in the Police Department for individuals without prior sworn
law enforcement experience, or those who have yet to complete the Police Academy. At the commencement of
employment, Police Officer Trainees will complete a 22 week Police Academy prior to beginning their field training
program with the Mountain View Police Department. Upon successful completion of the Police Academy, Police Officer
Trainees will be reclassified as Police Officers. Current Academy Enrollees will commence employment with an in house
academy. We encourage you to visit http://joinmvpd.com/ for more information regarding the recruitment process for
this rewarding career opportunity.

What You Bring

 40 semester or 60 quarter units from an accredited  A minimum of 21 years of age
college (college units must be completed by time of  POST certificate verifying successful completion of the
application) POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery

 Possession of a valid California driver’s license (PELLETB) with a T-Score of 50 or higher OR National

 U.S. citizenship status or permanent resident alien Testing Network FrontLine law enforcement written

status with eligibility for, and in the process of test with reading and writing scores of 70% or higher

obtaining, U.S. citizenship and video score of 65% or higher.

 Vision and hearing capability consistent with POST

Who You Are

 A leader who can help people solve problems and work through difficult situations

 You have effective verbal and written communication skills

 You are friendly and approachable; you like people and enjoy helping them

 You have the ability to focus and be fully present while working on multiple assignments

 You understand the importance of acting confidently as well as compassionately

What You’ll Do – Provide Community Service such as…

 Respond to requests for police service  Facilitate due process

 Prevent and detect criminal activity  Provide public assistance and education

 Apprehend offenders

What We Offer

 Comprehensive benefits including generous paid leave and group health coverage

 CalPERS retirement (2.7% at 55 formula for classic members; 2% at 62 for new members); employees contribute 11.7%
for classic members; 10.7% for new members to CalPERS with no Social Security deduction. Upon reclassification to
Police Officer, employees receive CalPERS retirement with a Safety benefit formula (3% at 50 formula for classic
members; 2.7% at 57 for new members); classic Safety employees contribute 15.148% to CalPERS; new Safety
members contribute 14.148% to CalPERS with no social security deduction.

 Opportunity to utilize $2,000 in tuition reimbursement for education advancement annually, with an additional one
time opportunity for up to $20,000 for the completion of a work related Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

 Career growth assignment opportunities in canine, detectives, motors, SWAT and FTO. Some specialty assignments
qualify for additional compensation.

 Up to $100/month City contribution for mass transit expenses, with $10/month minimum employee contribution
 Employee appreciation days and activities

 Wellness culture including access to the employee gym and incentive pay for participating in the City’s wellness

Are You Ready? Apply!
Applications and supplemental materials will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2018. Applicants
must complete a City of Mountain View application and submit current (dated within one year of the application
posting date) PELLETB certificate or complete NTN FrontLine test (within one within one year of the application
posting date) with results automatically forwarded to MVPD by the closing deadline in order to be considered for this

opportunity. More information regarding certificates and testing can be found in the supplemental information below.
Application materials will be accepted online at www.calopps.org, and in the Human Resources Division: 500 Castro
Street, Mountain View, CA 94041, (650) 903-6309.

Fine Print
Application screening will be part of the examination process. Based on the application screening and subsequent Pre-
employment History Questionnaire (PHQ), those candidates with the most relevant qualifications and complete
submittals of the certificate/test results will be invited to an oral board interview (weighted 100 percent). The oral board
interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of November 6, 2018.
Candidates passing the oral interview are
placed on an eligibility list. Finalist department interviews will be required and are anticipated to take place the week of
November 12, 2018. Depending on the number of applications, the above process may be altered. Finalists must success-
fully pass an extensive background investigation, including polygraph, medical exam and psychological screening and
Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check prior to a final employment offer.

Candidates with a disability which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process
should advise the Human Resources Division upon submittal of application. The City of Mountain View is an Equal
Opportunity Employer (EOE). The Mountain View Police Department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation
for law enforcement agencies.

Employment in the Police Officer Trainee classification is contingent upon maintaining enrollment in a P.O.S.T.-approved
academy for which she/he was enrolled. Incumbents who fail to maintain enrollment in a P.O.S.T.-approved academy
for any reason will be released from employment without cause and without the right of appeal.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract, and any provisions contained in this bulletin

may be modified or revoked without notice.

Attention City of Mountain View employees: This position qualifies under the Referral Incentive Program. A Referral Incentive Form
must be submitted prior to the applicant’s initial interview to qualify for the incentive. For questions, see Administrative Instruction

3-27 and call Human Resources for more information.


The City’s selection process for Police Officer Trainee requires successfully passing either the PELLETB test (with a T-
Score of 50 or higher) OR the National Testing Network FrontLine law enforcement test (with reading and writing scores
of 70% or higher and video score of 65% or higher):

POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB)

This test is administered through the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium (SBRPSTC), among other
California academy locations, and candidates who successfully pass this test battery receive a certificate. A copy of the
certificate must be attached to your city application through www.calopps.org. It is preferred for applicants to attach this
certificate to their application upon submittal. If you are awaiting certificate/results at the time of application you may
submit your application without the certificate and provide the certificate to Human Resources no later than 5:00pm
Monday, October 15, 2018. Please note, your application will not be considered until and unless the required certificate is

 The PELLETB is a timed, 2-1/2 hour written test consisting of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions
designed to measure reading and writing ability.

 Candidates must schedule appointments in advance to take the test. SBRPSTC offers testing at Evergreen Valley
Community College and San Mateo Community College. For information on testing dates, locations, and
directions visit http://theacademy.ca.gov/. Valid POST certificates from other testing locations will be accepted.

National Testing Network FrontLine Law Enforcement Test
This test is administered through the National Testing Network (NTN). Candidate scores will be available to each law
enforcement agency selected by the candidate prior to the test date. You must select Mountain View Police Department
before your test date; once your test is complete, you will only be allowed to add departments that are new to NTN. Upon
completion of the exam, candidate scores are automatically forwarded to selected agencies in up to two business days. Test
scores must be received by Human Resources no later than 5:00pm Monday, October 15, 2018. Please note, your application
will not be considered until and unless the required test score is received.

 The NTN FrontLine Law Enforcement Test is a timed, 2-hour written test designed to measure reading ability,
writing ability, and use of good judgement.

 NTN offers testing at various times and locations nation-wide. To schedule a test with results automatically
forwarded to Mountain View Police Department, visit https://nationaltestingnetwork.com, click Law Enforcement,
and select the check box next to Mountain View Police Department.

Please feel free to call Sgt. Kevin Galloway with questions regarding this process at (650) 903-6344.