Police Officer

Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara Police Department
Salary: $101,604.00-$129,648.00

Exam Weight: 100% Oral, Qualifying Written and Performance

Tentative Exam Information: 

Candidates who have taken the POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) examination from another agency within the last 6 months must submit verification of a t-score of 50 or better to their employment application. Written examinations will be administered by the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium (SBRPSTC). Candidates will need to schedule an examination appointment at http://theacademy.ca.gov to take a written examination at Evergreen Community College. The examination is approximately 2.5 hours. Candidates who have taken the POST physical ability examination within the last 6 months may submit verification of score in lieu of taking the performance examination.


Required to work a basic work-week 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.


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.
  • Does related work as required.