Police Officer (Academy Attendee/Graduate/Lateral)

Bell Gardens, CA
Bell Gardens Police Department

$84,432.00 – $102,636.00 Annually

The City of Bell Gardens Police Department (BGPD) is seeking highly motivated and public service-oriented individuals for Police Officer (Academy Attendee/Graduate/Lateral).

The City of Bell Gardens Police Department is committed to providing the highest level of service to the community, while working with the residents and its members, demonstrating professionalism, integrity and accountability.

Under general supervision, patrols assigned areas in the prevention of crime and enforcement of law and order; carries out special assignments related to departmental operations or law enforcement in general; conducts investigations; and performs related duties as assigned.

POLICE OFFICER LATERAL ENTRY: Must be a current non-probationary Police Officer with a current State of California P.O.S.T. certificate. The monthly salary range for Police Officer is $7,036 – $8,553. The probationary period for Police Officer is 12 months.

POLICE ACADEMY GRADUATE / ATTENDEE: Applicants must be current enrollees or graduates of a California POST certified academy. Applicants must submit proof of graduation or enrollment at the time of hiring. Academy attendees may be hired on as Police Officer Trainee and paid $3,380 per month. After meeting all department, state-mandated and academy requirements, including graduation from the Police Academy, the Police Trainee may be sworn in as a Police Officer and assume the full duties, starting salary ($7,036 per month) and benefits of that position.

Minimum & Desirable Qualifications


  • High School graduation or equivalent.
  • Lateral entry candidates must be employed in good standing with a California law enforcement agency.


  • Must have valid class “C” California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record.


  • No felony convictions.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
  • Must 21 years of age at the time of appointment.