Police Recruitment Information

Selection Standards


This position requires an ability to learn and interpret laws, regulations, policies and procedures; carry out oral and written directions; analyze situations and make quick decisions requiring sound judgment; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; and meet the on-going physical requirements of the position. Basic selection standards for hiring Police Officers include an evaluation and assessment in the following areas:
  • Personal Characteristics: Including but not limited to level of maturity (independence, responsibility, indebtedness, financial obligations, etc.), commitment, motivation, dependability, integrity and credibility.
  • Skills: Communication skills (verbal and written), observational skills (remembering details, recognizing signals indicating a wrong or suspicious situation), interpersonal skills, etc.
  • Abilities: Ability to problem solve, ability to comprehend and retain factual information, ability to make effective and logical decisions while under pressure, ability to demonstrate physical coordination, stamina and agility.

Minimum Requirements:


  • 20 years of age or older at time of application
  • Able to perform the essential job functions of the position, as determined by a thorough City pre-placement physical examination
  • Meet vision requirement of not less than 20/100, correctable to 20/30
  • Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien with an application for citizenship completed at least one year prior of date of application (citizenship must be obtained no later than three years after date of application or disqualification will result)
  • Have a valid California Class C driver's license and a satisfactory driving record
  • No Felony Convictions and No Misdemeanor Conviction which preclude one from lawfully possessing firearm

APPLICATION & hiring process

The application process for the position of Police Recruit , or Police Officer Academy Grad/Lateral begins with the application, which must be filled out completely by candidates.

For current job opportunities and application information, go to our Careers Page. (You will be re-directed to a new page.)

Police Officer Recruit applicants must submit a test score with their application.
Academy Grads and Laterals do not need to submit a test score.

 For Recruit applicants there are two testing options:

  • POST PELLETB test score (T Score). You must have a score of 50 or higher;
    • Information about the PELLETB exam can be found here:
      PELLETB Exams

 or:

After submitting your application, candidates meeting the minimum requirements are invited to participate in our hiring process, which includes a polygraph examination, a background investigation, a medical and a psychological exam. Failure of any portion of the examinations or processes will result in removal from consideration of employment.

More information about the candidate selection process can be found here:
POST Peace Officer Candidate Selection Process