PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER - IN TRAINING
Typical placement is made at the first step of the salary
- Upon successful completion of the Public Safety Officer In
Training requirements, incumbents promote to Public Safety Officer
I ($109,564 - $126,834).
- Upon successful completion of all phases of training, members
of the Public Safety Officer I classification promote to Public
Safety Officer II ($115,941 - $144,450annually).
- This position an excellent benefit package, including 2.7% at
57 retirement plan.
ABOUT THIS POSITION
The position of Public Safety Officer-In Training (PSO-IT) is a
non-sworn, training classificationwhile incumbents are attending
the police and fire academies. Upon successful completion of the
police academy, incumbents will be promoted to the sworn, training
position of Public Safety Officer I. Upon successful completion of
all required training, incumbents will be promoted to the sworn
position of Public Safety Officer II.
A Public Safety Officer II performs the full duties of both a
police officer and a firefighter, which include preserving the
peace; preventing and detecting crimes; protecting life and
property; responding to fire, medical and other emergencies;
enforcing laws and public ordinances; and, maintaining a public
service approach towards the Sunnyvale community. To review the
full job description and requirements of a Public Safety Officer-In
Training, please click on the following link: Public Safety
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) provides a
fully-integrated police, fire and emergency response to the City of
Sunnyvale community and residents. Because of the dual
responsibilities, DPS offers a varied and exciting career.
For more information about becoming a Public Safety Officer
please call ortext SDPSJOBS to 408-755-9686.
For more information regarding the Department of Public Safety,
please visit the DPS website at https://sunnyvale.ca.gov/government/safety/default.htm.
ABOUT THE CITY OF SUNNYVALE
The City of Sunnyvale is recognized as the "Heart of Silicon
Valley," with a population of approximately 153,000. It is the
fifth largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area and the second
largest in Santa Clara County. For more information regarding the
City of Sunnyvale, please visit the City's website at
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.
The 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.
Essential Job Functions
(May include, but are not limited to, the following):
Attends and successfully completes police academy to prepare for
position of Public Safety Officer I.
Position 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.
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.
- 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
- Learn to apply principles and practices of law enforcement and
- Learn to interpret and apply department policies and procedures
and related State and Federal laws.
- Learn to perform firefighting, emergency response, and rescue
and medical aid duties in response to calls for service.
- Write clearly, accurately, concisely, legibly and with correct
English grammatical construction and spelling.
- Learn to safely use firearms and other modern police equipment
and communication and information systems related to law
- Make basic mathematical calculations as they relate to the
essential functions of this position.
- Plan and present material orally to diverse groups.
- Read and interpret complex documents in English.
- Sketch such things as crime scenes and accident scenes.
- Observe, assimilate, remember and recall pertinent facts and
- Read maps and mapped information.
- Apply selected learned knowledge in collecting, organizing and
analyzing a variety of information.
- Speak with a wide variety of people, using tact,
self-restraint, judgment, and strategy.
- Make quick and reasonable decisions under stressful emergency
- Perform routine, repetitive work to completion.
- Exercise self-restraint and good judgment.
- Visually identify and accurately distinguish colors between
various visual inputs at long and short ranges and in dark and
- Accurately identify and distinguish between colors.
- Hear and comprehend auditory inputs in radio transmissions,
long range conversations, commands, and cries for assistance when
obscured by background noises.
- Detect and distinguish the smell of different
materials/chemicals, smoke/fires, and toxic gases.
- Speak in an understandable voice during in-person and radio
conversations, to project voice, and to be heard over background
- Operate a computer using word processing and business software
and other office equipment.
- Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
- Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
- Establish, maintain and promote positive and effective working
relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.
- Demonstrate initiative and exercise good judgment in the
performance of duties.
- Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex
and political situations.
- Use a Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
- Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.
- Adhere to ethics of law enforcement as stated in the "Law
Enforcement Code of Ethics".
- 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
- Take the life of another, if justified by laws, policies, and
- Work in, around, or with severely decomposed, burnt, or
- Train citizens as well as other employees.
- Work irregular hours, irregular days, overtime, weekends,
holidays, variable shifts, evenings, on-call and 24-hour
- Work at any location in the city on short notice.
- Attend meetings or classes both on and off duty.
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 the completion of a police
- Must successfully complete a post-offer physical exam paid for
by the City.
- Must successfully complete an extensive background check.
Individuals who have been eliminated from a hiring process,
either as a result of a background investigation or as the result
of any psychological interview, are ineligible to re-apply until an
18 month period has elapsed since the final filing date of the last
recruitment for which they have applied. Application and Selection
If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, you must
complete the following steps.
Review Minimum Qualifications and Job Description Public Safety
At time of application:
- have an Associate's degree from an accredited college or 60
semester units or 90 quarter units from an accredited college or
- possess a valid Class C California driver's license with a safe
driving record or driver's license from another state with a safe
Submit a completed City of Sunnyvale application packet, which
- City of Sunnyvale Employment Application;
- Supplemental Questionnaire;
- Written Test Requirement:Current (dated within one year of
application) T-Score (a minimum score of 48) received on the POST
Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB);
- Click here for more information about PELLETB: South Bay
Regional Public Safety Training Consortium.
- Click here to view Applicant Preparation Guide for the Entry
Level Law Enforcement Test Battery.
Click here to view PELLETB test location, dates and times.
- Physical Agility Requirement:Current (dated within one year of
application) Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) results;
- Click here for more information about the WSTB: WSTB FAQs
- Click here for WSTB Physical AgilityPractice Session
Click here to view WSTB Physical Agility Test locations, dates
- Driving Record Requirement: Current (dated within the last 30
days) Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) printout. If you are an
out of state applicant, please submit a current (issued and printed
within 30 days prior to application) copy of your state's DMV
printout. You will be required to possess and present a valid
California Class C driver's license at the time of appointment.
Click here to request your driver record.
An electronic application may be submitted through the City of
Sunnyvale website at sunnyvale.ca.gov. Please note: incomplete
application packets will not be accepted.
Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum
qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the
application materials, qualified candidates will be invited to
participate in the examination process, which may consist of an
oral examination at a date to be determined. (Note: The examination
process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Director of Human
Those candidates pass the oral exam interview will be placed on
an eligibility list for up to one year, in accordance with the
City's Civil Service Rules and Administrative Policies. Top
candidates on the eligibility list will be referred to the
Department of Public Safety for the selection process, which will
include oral interview(s), a comprehensive background history
check, a polygraph test, a post-offer psychological and medical
exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire.
Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be
fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history
will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment;
however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in
refusal of employment or termination.
INFORMATION ABOUT PROOF OF EDUCATION
Any successful candidate, selected by the hiring department to
move forward in the process will be required to submit proof of
education (i.e., original copy of the diploma or college/university
transcripts) at the time of the exam.
The information contained within this announcement may be
modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either
an expressed or implied contract.
The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is
the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all
qualified applicants or employees on the basis of actual or
perceived race, religion (including religious dress or grooming
practice), color, sex (includes gender, pregnancy, childbirth,
medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth,
breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding),
gender identity and/or gender expression, sexual orientation
(including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), ethnic
or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service
member status, marital status, family relationship, age, cancer or
HIV/AIDS related medical condition, genetic characteristics and/or
genetic information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants
needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request
to the Department of Human Resources at time of application.