Police Investigative Intern - Volunteer
City of Fountain Valley, CA - Fountain Valley, CA

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The volunteer Police Investigative Intern Program introduces individuals interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement with the opportunity to gain valuable job experience to prepare them to become a police officer.

Please click here for the Police Investigative Intern Program flyer for additional information on the Intern Program.
The City utilizes the Police Investigative Intern pool from which full-time positions may be filled. Candidates selected as a Police Recruit will be placed in a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) approved Basic Police Recruit Academy. The City will make financial arrangements for the candidates living and Academy expenses while attending the Academy, subject to an agreement between the Recruit and the City. As part of that agreement, the Recruit agrees to remain in the City of Fountain Valley's employment for a minimum of 3 years. Subject to successful completion of the Academy and selection process, the candidate may be hired as a Police Officer and provided the applicable salary and benefits for the position.

Volunteer interns assigned to assist the Police Department's investigative services program.

Essential Duties:
  • Make follow-up phone calls with investigative principles.
  • Document crime related activity by creating written reports and processing data.
  • Assist with the collection and handling of evidence.
  • Take photographs or measurements at crime scenes and process records following Department procedures.
  • Assist with crime analysis duties by gathering, organizing, and preparing crime related data for analysis by staff.
  • Assist the court liaison with preparing supporting documents for court appearances.
  • Support undercover operations.
  • Operate a computer and a variety of software including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications Guidelines:

Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university and scheduled to graduate within 6 months of appointment.

Previous analytical and investigative experience is desirable. Must possess a high degree of computer literacy with all windows application, in particular Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

Possession of a valid California Class "C" driver's license.


  • Of good moral character, no criminal history and excellent references.
  • Volunteer a minimum of 8 hours per week as scheduled. Generally volunteer hours will be between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. with some evening and weekend hours.
  • At least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • United States citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and applied for United States citizenship, at least one year prior to the application for employment.
  • Candidates selected for processing will be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal records.
  • Candidates must be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation.
  • Candidates must be free of any felony convictions.
  • Candidates must have normal hearing acuity.
  • Candidates must have vision of 20/70 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 and normal color vision.
  • Candidates must have height and weight in accordance with age, sex, and frame.
  • Police Officers must be able to work rotating shifts, evenings, holidays, and weekends as assigned.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively to determine the proper course of action.
  • Learn, understand, and interpret laws and regulations.
  • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.
  • Intermediate to advanced level experience with all Windows applications particularly Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with staff, employees, other officers, supervisors, City officials, and the general public.
Work is primarily performed in an office environment requiring prolonged sitting or standing; walking, kneeling, crouching, squatting, stooping, and bending; inputting data into a computer terminal; exposure to computer glare, vibrations, and pitch; lifting, carrying, and moving objects totaling approximately 25 pounds in weight; and have mobility, vision, hearing, and dexterity levels appropriate to the duties to be performed.

Employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data; use math and mathematical reasoning; analyze and solve problems; learn and apply new information; perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks; meet intensive and changing deadlines and interact with City staff, customers, vendors, contractors, and the public.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to this job. They are not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.

Not applicable. This is a volunteer position.

Selection Process:

The selection process will consist of the following:
  • Oral interview.
  • Background investigation including credit check, California Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) criminal history check (Live Scan fingerprinting).
  • Applicants failing any portion of the selection process will not be considered for appointment.

    Complete application package:
    Candidates must fill out the application and supplemental questions completely and provide required documentation if applicable. Incomplete applications including references to see the resume for qualifications are incomplete and will be disqualified. Candidates are encouraged to provide accurate answers as the City will verify the qualifications for each candidate.

    All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate's legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully completing all components of the pre-employment process.

    The City of Fountain Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. Candidates with a disability who may need accommodation during the selection process must notify the Personnel Department at least 72 hours in advance of the test date.

    Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.