Police Officer – Entry Level

Oceanside, CA
Oceanside Police Department

The City of Oceanside is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer – Entry Level. This recruitment will be used to fill vacancies for the Regional Peace Officer POST Academy.

1/29/2021 4:00 PM Pacific

Police Officer:
$6,186 – $8,403 per month
$74,232 -$100,836 per year

Police Officer Recruit:
$28.93 per hour

How to Prepare for the Written Test

Applicants take the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) exam. The PELLETB is a 2-hour test which includes 105 questions. Learn how to prepare for the PELLETB Police Exam.


Police Officers patrol assigned areas by vehicle, bicycle or on foot to answer service calls for the protection of life and property. Duties include conducting investigations; identifying and collecting evidence; directing traffic; making arrests; issuing citations; serving warrants and subpoenas; preparing reports; and working with the community to identify problems and solutions.


Applicants must possess a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate or equivalent; Must be twenty (20) years and six (6) months on the date you apply and twenty one (21) years by the date of Academy graduation; be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident who has applied for U.S. Citizenship.

Special Requirements: Possess a valid Class C California Driver's license at time of appointment. Pass a thorough background investigation, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation and medical examination which will include a pre-employment drug screening. Not have been convicted of a felony or serving probation.