Police Officer

Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara Police Department
Salary: $121,404.00-$154,944.00 Annuall

All candidates must have taken the POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) examination from another agency or approved entity within the last 6 months, and must submit a verification of t-score of 50 or better.

$58.37 – $74.49 Hourly
$10,117.00 – $12,912.00 Monthly
$121,404.00 – $154,944.00 Annually


Each position in this classification may not include all the duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties that may be performed.

  • Under general supervision, patrols an assigned area in radio car, on motorcycle, on bicycle, or on foot;
  • answers calls for protection of life and property in the enforcement of City, County and State laws;
  • as assigned, conducts preliminary or follow-up investigations on prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, accidents, deaths, and other disturbances;
  • identifies problems or issues that are important to the community, and seeks resolution of such problems through the resources of the Police Department, other City Departments, and/or other governmental or private agencies;
  • directs traffic, including regulations of vehicle flow at times of emergency or congestion;
  • stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws;
  • warns drivers against unlawful practices, and issues citations and makes arrests as required;
  • books, searches and questions prisoners;
  • issues parking citations;
  • collects and presents evidence and testifies at hearings and in court in connection with criminal prosecutions;
  • serves warrants and subpoenas;
  • prepares reports of arrests made, investigations conducted, and illegal incidents observed;
  • patrols business districts at night and checks doors and windows of business firms;
  • gives information and directions to the public;
  • addresses meetings at community organizations and schools;
  • may occasionally assist in maintaining police records and may operate headquarters radio-telephone equipment;
  • escorts prisoners to courts, county jail, juvenile hall, or from other jurisdictions;
  • operates radio-telephone;
  • collects bail and issues receipts;
  • may train and supervise Community Service Officer;
  • may supervise and train new personnel as assigned; and
  • does related work as required.



  • Must have completed sixty (60) semester units or ninety (90) quarter units of academic level courses at an accredited college or university with no experience required; or
  • Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units of academic level courses at an accredited college or university and two (2) years full-time, paid, recent police experience with a sheriff's department, state police, highway patrol, or municipal police department.


  • Possession of an appropriate valid California driver's license is required.
  • Proof of completion of a Basic Peace Officer Academy certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training is required at time of application.
  • Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031, applicants must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.


  • Must be at least 20 years of age at time of application filing and 21 years of age at time of job appointment;
  • Must possess the strength and physical ability necessary to perform the essential functions of the position; and
  • Must be willing to be fingerprinted.

Vision requirements: 

  • Vision including color, night, depth, and peripheral vision sufficient to perform all of the essential functions of the position;
  • Visual acuity of not less than 20/80 vision in each eye uncorrected, and corrected to 20/30 in each eye.
  • EXCEPTION:  Applicants with correction afforded by soft contact lenses are exempt from the minimum uncorrected vision standard of 20/80, provided their corrected vision is 20/30 in each eye.  Hearing, speech, and mental capabilities sufficient to perform all of the essential functions of the position.

Candidates are required to pass the following City examinations prior to being given a conditional offer of employment: oral, physical ability; polygraph; and background investigation.

If given a conditional offer of employment, candidates must also pass medical and psychological examinations prior to appointment.


  • Required to work a basic workweek consisting of four 10-hour work-days.
  • May be required to work odd and unusual hours, including weekends and designated holidays, and to be subject to call-back in the performance of job duties.