Law Enforcement Recruit (Pre-Service)

Department/Division: Police




PAY RANGE: $34.33 per hour during Police Academy training; $5,950 - $7,431 per month as a sworn Police Officer.  In addition, the City offers a monthly benefit allowance of $478.50 - $695 plus educational incentives.


In addition to the City’s application, candidates must upload the following documents:

1)  A copy of your high school diploma or high school transcripts. In lieu, candidates may upload unofficial transcripts from a local college or university or copy of college Degree. Official transcripts will be required prior to appointment.

2) Verification of current enrollment in a full-time P.O.S.T. certified police academy or verification of current enrollment in the last module of an extended P.O.S.T. certified police academy.  If not currently enrolled, applicants must submit verification of successful completion of a P.O.S.T. certified police academy within the last 12 months.


Failure to upload all required documents with the application will result in disqualification from the recruitment process.



The City of Arcadia is seeking highly motivated and dedicated individuals who want to pursue a career as a Police Officer.  The Law Enforcement Recruit (Pre-Service) is a non-sworn part-time, at-will, position designed to be used for an individual who is currently attending a P.O.S.T. certified basic police academy or has completed a P.O.S.T. certified basic police academy within the last 12 months.  On occasion, this position may be assigned to non-sworn police work while in an academy class. Upon successful completion of the police academy, background investigation, and all P.O.S.T requirements, with approval of the Police Chief, a Law Enforcement Recruit (Pre-Service) will be eligible to be sworn in as a full-time probationary Police Officer.  


Ideal Candidates Will:

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Experience:  One (1) year of experience working with the public.

Education:  Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Minimum Age:  Must be 20 years of age at time of submitting application. Candidates must be the age of 21 upon graduation from the academy or upon hire as a sworn Police Officer.

Driver’s License:   Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.

Citizenship:  Pursuant to Government Code 1031 and 1031.5, candidates must be a United States citizen, or a permanent resident alien who is eligible and has or will apply for citizenship within three (3) years after filing application for employment.

Medical Standards:  Applicants must be in good physical condition as determined by a P.O.S.T. medical examination, with weight in proportion to height, and consistent with P.O.S.T. and City guidelines for hearing and vision. New hires must maintain their physical condition as a requirement of continued employment.

Other:  Applicants must be of good moral character and have no convictions of a felony offense or any offense reflecting lack of character, judgment or morals. Conviction of a felony or serious misdemeanor is disqualifying. If hired, candidates must sign an agreement to refrain from smoking, chewing or otherwise using tobacco, chewing tobacco or snuff.






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