Job Title:

Police Officer

Closing Date/Time:



$38.14 - $46.83 Hourly
$6,610.93 - $8,117.20 Monthly
$79,331.20 - $97,406.40 Annually 

Job Type:

Regular Full-Time


Police Dept, 275 Forest Ave, Palo Alto, California


The Palo Alto Police Department has positions available for a Lateral and Police Officer Trainee and Academy Graduate.


Position Overview: To preserve public peace, protect life and property, prevent crime, enforce all laws and ordinances of which the Department takes cognizance; to be involved in community relations and specialized work.

The Police Officer/Academy Graduate position is distinguished from the Police Officer Trainee position by one of the following:


          Completion of a California POST certified police academy Regular Basic Course AND have service as a sworn police officer in a California POST Police agency within the past 3 years and possess a California POST Basic Certificate.


          A lateral officer who have been employed by a California POST police agency and served as a sworn solo beat officer who successfully completed a Field Training Officer Program within the past 3 years. 


          The Academy Graduate is not required to have a California POST Basic Certificate, but must have worked for a law enforcement agency within a year of academy graduation or you must apply as a Police Officer Trainee.




 Essential Duties:


 Minimum Qualifications:




Under close supervision, this position attends a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified police academy, participating in and passing all required classes for a period of approximately 18-22 weeks. Upon successful completion of academy, incumbent becomes a probationary Police Officer.


To be considered for an entry-level position, the following requirements must be met:

         Must be at least 21 years of age at time of application

         Must either be a U.S. citizen or have applied for citizenship within the past year

         Must possess a California driver’s license

         Must not have any felony convictions

         Must be able to legally posses a firearm in the State of California 

         Take the POST examination (see below)

         Take a Physical Agility Test (See below)

If your NEOGOV application is accepted and you are selected to go to the next phrase of testing, you will be notified by email to complete a POST PHS and submit it with the results from your POST examination and physical agility testing.  The test results can not be more than a year old.  Below is information on how to take the POST written exam and the physical agility test:


         Take the POST examination


In order to be considered for employment as a police officer in Palo Alto, you must take the POST exam. The POST examination is administered at South Bay Regional Public Safety Consortium at 3095 Yerba Buena Rd in San Jose, however, we will accept results from any agency, as long as it is the California POST exam. Please register for the examination online at We require a “T” score of 50 or higher that is not more than a year old.


        Take a Physical Agility Test


We require the passing of a Physical Agility Test (WSTB) which is also given by South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium, however, we will accept results from any agency, as long as it is the same tests given at SBRTC.  There is a fee and you must register on-line via the SBRPSTC website at    The results of the test will be mailed directly to you within two weeks of the initial testing date.  Please provide us with a copy of the results along with your application. The minimum entry level requirement for the WSTB test is 384 and a 14 minute maximum time for the 1.5 mile run.






          Minimum of 21 years of age

          Completion of a California POST certified police academy Regular Basic   Course

          Possess a California POST Basic Certificate

          Must have worked as a Police officer within the last three years.



          Minimum of 21 years of age

          Completion of a California POST certified police academy Regular Basic Course

          Must have worked for a law enforcement agency with a year of academy graduation

The Palo Alto Police Department offers the following benefits for both Police Officer Lateral and Trainee:


          Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)

          3% @ 55 years

          Rotating 4/11 work schedule

          Night differential pay, Field Training Officer (while training) and Bilingual Incentive all @ 5% for applicable candidates

          Educational incentive pay at 5% of Intermediate and 7.5% for Advanced

          Top quality health care plan including: medical, dental, vision and basic life insurance

          Uniform and equipment fully paid, including dry cleaning.

          Non-Contributory Deferred Compensation Plan


The Palo Alto Police department recognizes diversity, the “just do it” approach to innovation, the value of each and every department member and the leadership, enthusiasm, and dedication they bring.


Promotional opportunities are available every year and you remain involved in the investigation of your own cases – not just a report taker. The department looks for ways to prevent crime and works with the community on a one to one basis to find solutions.


Special Requirements for both Police Officer Lateral, Academy Graduate and Trainee:

         Pre-employment: ability to pass drug and alcohol test.

         Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

         Weight in proportion to height; normal color vision; visual rating not exceeding 20/100 uncorrected, correctable to 20/30 in both eyes.

         Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or have applied for citizenship and must complete citizenship process within 3 years.

         Combination of education and experience equivalent to two years of college preferred but not required.

         Satisfactory results on appropriate written, medical, background and psychiatric examinations


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