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The Ventura Police Department is hiring! 



Do you like helping those in need, preventing and solving crime, protecting and serving our community? Are you a leader with courage, integrity, self-discipline and compassion? The City of Ventura is currently accepting applications for Police Officer Trainee for the upcoming 2016 Academy. If you have an interest or know of someone who would be interested in this rewarding career opportunity, please visit http://cityofventura.jobs for more information and to apply on-line by the 5/1/2016 filing date. 





The Ideal Candidate

  • Is trustworthy, honest, physically active and has good leadership qualities.     
  • Takes responsibility and uses a proactive approach to problem-solving.
  • Maintains control when resolving delicate issues or responding to emergency situations.
  • Makes logical, fair decisions with calm professionalism, while adhering to the law and carrying out a law.

Minimum Qualifications



Education:  Graduation from High School, or a GED is required. College coursework in Criminal Justice, behavioral, or other social science coursework is preferred.

Age: Must be 20 years of age at the time of application.

Convictions: Must be of good moral character, with no felony convictions

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen, or able to provide proof of application for US citizenship at least one year prior to applying for a Police Officer Trainee position with the City of Ventura. 

Hearing and Vision: Normal hearing is required. Normal color vision and bilateral vision of 20/100 corrected to 20/30 is required. There is no limit on uncorrected distance vision with soft contact lenses, if the lenses have been worn at least one year prior to testing

Other: Candidates are required to undergo an extensive background investigation, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, and pre-employment medical examination, including screening for drugs and alcohol, and X-ray of the back


Background Information:  Right to Work: Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check: A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination, including psychological and polygraph exams, will be conducted. A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Probationary Period: Eighteen months.

Upon completion of the academy and appointment as a Police Officer, candidates will be eligible for the following compensation package:

Salary:  $6,081 to $7,391 per month.

Educational Incentive:  After completion of probation, 5% of base pay for an AA degree or intermediate POST certificate or 10.24% for a BA degree or Advanced POST certificate.

Bilingual Pay: $50 per pay period for demonstrated proficiency in a second language.

Uniform Allowance: $550 per year. All uniforms, including safety vests, are provided.

Deferred Compensation:  A Section 457 plan is available.

Medical/Dental Insurance: $225 monthly towards a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

Optional Benefits Program:  $462 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Unused money may be taken as cash, payable biweekly. 

Vision Insurance: City paid coverage for employees and their dependents.  Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.   

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance of $10,000.

Retirement:  Employees are covered by the CalPERS retirement system. If you are a CalPERS retiree, please contact CalPERS to discuss the impact that employment in this position would have on your pension benefit.

Social Security:  CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or www.socialsecurity.gov/form1945.

Medicare:  Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Holiday and Vacation:  22 days per year of combined holiday and vacation.  Employees may cash out 120 hours of holiday time annually.

Personal Leave:  35 hours per calendar year.

Sick Leave: 8 hours accrued per month, up to 1,440 hours; 25% will be paid out at r

etirement with 10 years service.

Tuition Reimbursement:  $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution after completion of probationary period.

Direct Deposit:  Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts. 

Workweek:  Officers in Field Services work 12 hours per day, 3 days per week.

Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle. 

View a full job descition and information about the City of Ventura at http://cityofventurajobs.net



Contact Us

Ventura Police Department

1425 Dowell Drive, Ventura, CA 93003
General information: 805-339-4400
After hours, non-emergency: 805-650-8010
Emergency: 9-1-1
Fax: 805-650-8016
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