Human Resources Department
1685 Main Street, Room 101 , P.O. Box 2200 Santa Monica, CA 90401 Main Phone:310-458-8246 Web Address:


An Equal Opportunity Employer
$5,791.00 – $7,149.00 /Month

ISSUE DATE: 11/30/09 CLOSE DATE: 01/28/10

NOTE: If three or more qualified City employees apply and pass the examination, a promotional list will be established in addition to an open-competitive list. If fewer than three qualified City employees pass the examination, the appointing authority, in accordance with the City’s civil service rules and regulations, can decline to use a promotional list, in which case a promotional list will not be established for this position.

Job Summary

The City is a participating agency of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) with a 2.7%@55 retirement formula. Employees are required to reimburse the City for the cost of the enhanced retirement formula, with the reimbursement being 6.67% of the employee’s PERSable compensation. The City pays the employee contribution to PERS(8%).

Upon successful completion of the City of Santa Monica Police Department Police Academy, the City pays the employee’s contributions to the Public Employees’ Retirement System (9%), as a safety member, which results in a net pay increase of approximately $521 – $643 per month. The City is a participating agency of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) with a 3%@50 retirement formula. In addition, the City participates in the Medicare portion of FICA only, and therefore there is no deduction made for social security.


Participates in a rigorous academic and physical training program mandated by P.O.S.T.

Participates in firearm training and defensive tactics.

Learns basic principles of patrol procedures and criminal investigation.

Drives a variety of police vehicles under various training conditions.

Accompanies sworn police officers on ride-alongs as an observer.

Analyzes recurring patrol and specialized problems/hazards in collaboration with supervisors, peers, and service clientele. Participates in developing long-term resolutions to law enforcement related problems and issues.

Responds to multiple calls, major traffic accidents, and other emergencies. Completes reports in a timely manner.

Performs a variety of clerical support duties including, but not limited to, typing, filing, photocopying, and assisting the public on the telephone or in person, as required.

Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

Knowledge of:

Grammar and composition.

Effective customer service techniques.

Ability to:

Follow written and oral instructions.

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Respond to inquiries from the public in a tactful manner.

Be sensitive to issues impacting the quality of life of the residents, guests, and visitors to the City.

Provide effective customer service.

Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with City employees and the general public.

Skill in:

Reading, writing, and communicating at an appropriate level.

Dealing with a variety of culturally sensitive issues.

Education, Training and Experience:

Graduation from high school or the equivalent. Military experience and/or related public contact experience is desirable. Police Officer Trainees must be 20 years and 6 months of age at time of appointment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who are eligible for and have applied for U.S. citizenship. Must obtain citizenship within three (3) years from date of application.

Licenses and Certificates:

Possession of a valid Class C driver license. Must be able to obtain a regular Basic California P.O.S.T. Certificate within 18 months from date of hire.

NOTE: Upon hire, police officers must be non-users of tobacco products. Applicants for Police Officer Trainee must pass a background investigation and must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving domestic violence or a felony.

NOTE: Veterans’ Preference shall be applied to this civil service position in accordance with applicable law. To be considered for Veterans’ Preference, you must submit a copy of your discharge papers (DD214) at the time of application.

Application Review: All applicants must submit clear, concise, and complete information regarding their qualifications for the position. All applicants will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience and education, as submitted, will be invited, to participate further in the selection process. Testing may consist of any or all of the following:

Written Examination: to measure job-related knowledge and abilities.

Performance Test: to evaluate ability to physically perform the duties of the position.

Oral Interview: to evaluate training, experience, and personal qualifications.

Psychological Examination: Candidates will be evaluated for their suitability for employment as a Santa Monica Police Officer.

Background Investigation: Candidates who have successfully completed all prior phases of the selection process will be subject to a thorough background investigation. The investigation is used to determine a candidate’s moral character and suitability for employment in law enforcement. The investigation shall include, but is not limited to, the following checks: criminal record, polygraph, driving history, military record, previous employer(s), and references.

Medical Examination: Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully complete a thorough medical examination, including a drug screen, to determine if they meet the City’s medical standards for the position of Police Officer.

NOTE: Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application or supplemental application materials. Postmarks will not be accepted.

NOTE: The City of Santa Monica’s Police Department’s training and preparation classes/informational meetings are tentatively scheduled for the first quarter of 2010. A bulletin regarding this material is forthcoming and notification will be sent to applicants.

All employees of the City of Santa Monica are designated by both State and City ordinance to be “Disaster Workers’. In the event of a declared emergency or any undeclared emergency or natural disaster that threatens the life, health and/or safety of the public, employees may be assigned to assist rescue and relief workers. Such assignments may be in locations, during hours and performing work significantly different from the employees’ normal work assignments and may continue through the recovery phase of the emergency.

Job Title:Police Officer Trainee
Exam #:093271-03 Merle Wynn