Police Officer Recruit

Berkeley, CA
Berkeley Police Department

$87,193.60 Annually

The Position
The City of Berkeley’s Police Department is recognized as one of the most progressive and innovative law enforcement agencies in the country, and continually strives to develop programs which focus upon increased service to the community in conjunction with enhanced effectiveness in combating crime. The City of Berkeley is seeking qualified women and men who are interested in becoming Police Officers. As a Police Officer Recruit you will attend a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified police academy to receive education and training in all aspects of law enforcement such as laws of arrest, search and seizure, crime prevention, community relations, first-aid, physical conditioning, self-defense, handling of weapons and other related duties. Upon graduation from the academy, the Police Recruit is sworn in as a Police Officer and assumes the duties of that position.

Required Qualifications


Equivalent to graduation from high school and completion of 60 college semester hours. Previous volunteer or paid experience in a law enforcement support area is desirable.


Must possess a valid California driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record. Must possess satisfactory hearing capabilities and visual acuity of at least 20/100 correctable to at least 20/30 in each eye, and be able to meet physical, psychological and background standards. Must be willing to work evening, night, weekend and holiday shifts. Must be able to obtain required P.O.S.T. certification and maintain firearms qualification. Must be willing to attend classes, study and participate in other Academy work outside of typical shift hours, without additional compensation beyond the basic salary range for the class. Must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship.