Police Officer (Entry Level/Academy Graduate/Lateral)

Milpitas, CA
Milpitas Police Department

Police Officer

The City of Milpitas is seeking Entry Level & Academy Graduate Police Officers for the Police Department.

**Salary Range: $126,017 to $193,061
(Lower range reflects entry-level step includes holiday in lieu pay; Top step salary includes holiday in lieu pay, advanced POST certificate, night differential, and full longevity)

The Position
Police Officers serve a diverse community by performing law enforcement and crime prevention duties, which include but are not limited to: controlling traffic flow, conducting investigative work, and performing a variety of technical law enforcement tasks. Police Officers also patrol the City in computer-equipped vehicles, make arrests as necessary, interview victims, complainants and witnesses, collect evidence, and prepare written reports.

The Department
The Milpitas Police Department is committed to the protection of lives and property by working with our community and providing professional and responsive police services. This is an opportunity to join a dedicated group of professionals who enjoy ensuring the safety of our citizens – Apply today!

Milpitas Police Department provides 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year policing services to the City, keeps the peace, and prevents & controls crime. The Department’s nine functions include: Administration, Patrol Services, Traffic Safety Unit, Crossing Guards, Police Community Relations Unit, Investigations Unit, Communications Unit, Records Unit, and Personnel & Training.

Why Milpitas?
Located at the southern end of San Francisco Bay, Milpitas is a progressive community that is an integral part of Silicon Valley. As a full-service city of 440 full-time employees with water utility, sewer utility, police and fire services, Milpitas serves a diverse population of nearly 80,000.

Milpitas is the eighth-fastest growing city in the United States according to the US Census, and the second fastest in California. The homeownership rate is close to 70%, and the Milpitas housing market remains relatively affordable in Santa Clara County. Milpitas is often called the “Crossroads of Silicon Valley” with most of its 13.63 square miles of land situated between two major freeways (I-880 and I-680), Route 237, and a County expressway.

The City Government
Incorporated in 1954, the City of Milpitas is a bustling general-law city supervised by a council-manager form of government. Milpitas is a full-service city that includes Police, Fire, and a water utility and sewer utility. The Council makes planning and policy decisions for residents, and oversees the City’s $253.2 million budget. Issues currently challenging the City include development, quality of life, and traffic.

We encourage you to check us out at: https://www.milpitas.gov/

Examples of Duties

  • Patrol City in the radio-equipped car; answer calls for the protection of life and property, and the enforcement of City, County, and State laws; may conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, hold-ups, death, and other criminal incidents.
  • Make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.
  • Prepare reports and arrests made, activities performed, and unusual incidents observed.
  • Stop drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; issue citations and make arrests as necessary.
  • Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public.

Typical Qualifications

Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • None required.


  • Sixty-semester units of college-level studies with major course work in police science or related field. i.e. liberal arts, business, psychology, or political science.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate, valid California Driver’s License.

All of the following must be attached:

  • POST Entry Level Police Officer test with a minimum T-score of 45, taken within one year of the filing deadline.
  • Certificate of passing the physical agility test at a South Bay Regional Safety Training Consortium (SBRSTC) academy within one year of the filing deadline. To set up an appointment to take the written and physical agility test call the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium (SBRSTC) at: (408) 229-4299.
  • College Transcripts (copies accepted)

Please note, all of the following documents must be included with your application. Failure to upload these documents may result in disqualification from the recruitment.

Supplemental Information

Screening and Selection Process

Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position.

Human Resources will be screening on a weekly basis. Candidates that meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in the in-person oral examination process.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Milpitas will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the Human Resources Department.

The City of Milpitas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.