Police Officer Trainee

 

police officer trainee

 (LE sponsored)

 

Program: Law Enforcement Salary Grade: GS – 14
Supervisor: Police Sergeant Salary Range: $20.57
FLSA Status:  Exempt      Non-Exempt     Public Safety Position Type: Regular Full-Time

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Police Officer Trainee is a non-sworn, full-time, benefited position within the police department.  The incumbent in this position is preparing for, or currently participating in, a full-time Nevada Basic Police Academy authorized and certified under the guidelines of the Nevada Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).

 

A Field Training Officer (FTO) from the FPST Police Department’s field training staff supervises this position with general supervision. The Police Officer Trainee may be assigned to work for any division within the department before or after attending the police academy, or during extended breaks from the academy, and prior to being officially sworn-in as a regular full-time police officer with the FPST Police.

 

This is an entry-level classification designed to allow for the assessment, hiring, and training of suitable candidates for the position of Police Officer. The Police Officer Trainee is expected to prepare for, attend, and successfully pass – at all stages – a P.O.S.T. certified Basic Police Academy program selected by the Department. This is a sponsored position. Upon successful completion of the Basic Police Academy program, the incumbent will be appointed to the Police Officer position to GS -16, $23.16.   The incumbent will serve a three (3) month probation period upon completion of Academy Training. Failure to make satisfactory progress before, during, or after the Basic Police Academy may be cause for release from the program. Duties and responsibilities are to be performed in accordance with all Tribal Law and Order codes, Nevada Revised Statutes, Federal codes, ordinances and related regulating entities.

 

FPST Police will provide the Academy training fee and equipment in the amount of thirty five hundred US dollars ($3,500.00) as a 30 month 7 ½ % deferred loan payment contract for the Trainee to attend.  Upon successful completion of the Academy training and continued employment for thirty (30) months, the loan will be forgiven.  Should the Trainee be unable to successfully complete the prescribed Academy Training or unable to fulfill continued employment for the 30 month period, said contract agreement will become null and void and the Trainee will be responsible to repay the loan at the stated interest rate.  A reasonable contract monthly payment plan of $70.13 for a period of 60 months will be effective following the 1st day of the month after separation until paid in full.   Prior to acceptance of this position, the trainee will be required to sign a legal binding contract to the above stipulations.

 

 

 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES

 

  • Attain and maintain the ability to successfully enter and complete a POST certified Nevada police academy.
  • Attend classroom activities, scenarios, physical training and other assigned duties, tasks and assignments in the Police Academy.
  • Complete all graded work with a satisfactory score.
  • Maintain honor, demeanor and self-control to the satisfaction of the Recruit Training Officer (RTO).
  • Maintain a moral, ethical and legal standard commensurate with the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.
  • Successfully pass the prescribed and required firearms training course.
  • Following instructions and directions of assigned supervisors, completing tasks correctly and in a timely manner.
  • Prepares reports.
  • Cooperates with other law enforcement agencies.
  • Confers with supervisor on progress and problems concerning assigned duties and tasks.
  • Other duties appropriate for the non-sworn position.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

 

  • Demonstrate an ability to learn and implement police procedures and methods.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action; ability to observe, assimilate, remember, record and recall pertinent facts and details.
  • Learn laws of arrest and pertinent local, state, and federal laws.
  • Learn criminal investigations techniques and procedures.
  • Learn the safe use and care of firearms.
  • Exercise analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies problems or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to problems or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice and researches problems, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment. Exercise restraint and good judgment in a variety of emergency situations.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Prepare accurate case reports; write clearly, accurately, concisely, legibly and in correct grammatical structure and with correct syntax.
  • Use a computer and various software applications.
  • Meet established standards of physical endurance, agility, health, and vision.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work

 

 

Experience

 

  • Although no law enforcement or public safety experience is necessary for this entry-level position, the candidate must demonstrate the life-experience and common sense necessary to achieve a satisfactory score from assessors on the initial interview panel.

 

 

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS/ SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Twenty one (21) years of age at time of appointment as a Police Officer.
  • Requires a comprehensive background investigation to include a local, state and federal criminal history check; sex offender registry and credit.
  • Requires satisfactory results from a medical, psychological evaluation and pre-employment substance abuse testing and is subject to random alcohol and controlled substance testing.
  • Possession of a valid Nevada Driver’s license – minimum “Class C” – with an acceptable driving record to include a zero or positive point balance. To be maintained as a condition of continued employment. Proof of driver’s license is a copy of your driver’s license.

 

  • All State requirements for Police Officers as specified in Nevada NRS and BIA guidelines. All federal and state requirements to carry a firearm; and may require certifications such as Breathalyzer certification.
  • Must be able to wear a standard issued duty belt with all applicable instrumentation.
  • Must successfully complete a certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy and associated field training within one year of employment. Additional training may be necessary to meet the requirements of some division assignments.

 

EDUCATION:

 

Graduation from high school or GED or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Proof of education is a copy of one of the following: A high school diploma, a college degree, a high school transcript, a college transcript or, if applicable, GED or Proficiency Exam certificates.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must take and pass the P.O.S.T. academy physical fitness test with a score required to enter the police academy.
  • Maintain physical ability and stamina to meet police and safety standards to include:
  1. Acceptable Vision to drive vehicles, make valid identifications, use firearms, write reports;
  2. Acceptable hearing well enough to converse on the radio, telephone, and in person over incident noise,
  3. Acceptable awareness and agility to be alert to situations of danger; and, bodily mobility to make rapid transitions from rest to near maximal exertion without warm-up periods, stamina and endurance necessary in the apprehension of suspects, use of hands and fingers to write, to utilize safety gear, and drive vehicles; and, must be able to lift equipment as necessary.

 

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe and Native American/Indian Employment preferences to members of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone and to members of federally-recognized Indian Tribes shall apply to this position pursuant to the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.  Persons of Tribe and/or Indian ancestry and wish to claim these employment preferences should submit a copy of the Tribal Enrollment Card/Certification indicating the name of the Tribe they are enrolled with.

Drug Free Workplace; The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe is a drug-free workplace.  All employees are subject to a pre-employment and random drug screens.

Driving Record; Employees must have a valid Nevada Driver’s License and be insurable under the Tribe’s vehicle insurance program, must also provide a DMV printout annually for those employees who drive Tribal vehicles.

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