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Police Officer – Recruit

Alameda, CA
Alameda Police Department

Thank you for your interest in becoming a police officer with the City of Alameda. There are many law enforcement agencies in the area and we are excited that you are interested in working with the Alameda Police Department.

A little bit about APD:
The Alameda Police Department has 88 sworn staff (Police Officers, Sergeants, Lieutenants, Captains, and Police Chief) and 34 non-sworn staff (Public Safety Dispatchers, Records Clerks, Animal Control Officer, Police Technicians, etc.).

As a Police Officer with APD you will have the opportunity to work in the following specialized areas: K9, Motors/Traffic Enforcement, Violent Crimes, Property Crimes, Special Investigations, Internal Affairs, Personnel and Training, Harbor Patrol, Peer Support, Critical Incident Response Team (which includes SWAT and Crisis Negotiations), School Resource Officer, Housing Authority Officer, and Honor Guard.

We offer excellent pay, benefits, opportunities for promotion, and the opportunity to serve a great community that values the services we provide.

Salary
$28.83 Hourly

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.

Responsibilities:

Under direct supervision, a Police Officer - Recruit attends a P.O.S.T.-certified basic police academy and receives closely supervised training in areas such as: law and Penal Codes; criminal justice system procedures; law enforcement and crime prevention techniques; physical fitness and first aid; proper handling and firing of firearms; radio codes and dispatching procedures; public contact skills; interviewing and taking complaints; writing and editing police reports; geography; investigation techniques; arrest and suspect handling procedures; emergency police vehicle operation; and departmental rules and regulations; performs other duties as required.

Qualifications:

Qualifications to Apply for Police Officer – Recruit:
1. Be 21 years old by date of appointment as a Police Officer.
2. High School Diploma/G.E.D
3. Valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record (need CA driver's license before appointment)
4. Be a citizen of the United States OR be a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship prior to application date.
Do you meet those 4 qualifications? If so, read on and after you finish reading, please click the "Apply" button to apply online today!
Application Process for Police Officer – Recruit
Complete and submit the application and supplemental questionnaire. We will review your application and questionnaire responses and if you receive a passing evaluation you will take one of the following paths:

PATH ONE:
You are currently attending a POST Basic Police Academy and have a POST PELLETB T-Score of 45 or higher.
• We will contact you to schedule an oral board (panel interview).
• If you pass the interview, you will enter the background process (which includes a polygraph).
• You will need to successfully complete the background, the POST Work Sample Test Battery (physical ability test), and a 50-yard swim test.
• After a conditional offer of employment is made, you will need to successfully complete a medical and psychological evaluation.

PATH TWO:
You have passed the POST PELLETB with a T-Score of 45 or higher within 12 months from your date of application.
• We will contact you to schedule an oral board (panel interview).
• If you pass the interview, you will enter the background process (which includes a polygraph).
• You will need to successfully complete the background, the POST Work Sample Test Battery (physical agility test), and a 50-yard swim test.
• After a conditional offer of employment is made, you will need to successfully complete a medical and psychological evaluation.

PATH THREE:
You have not taken the POST PELLETB, which is the California Peace Officer Standards and Training's Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery.
• You may still submit your application and supplemental questionnaire.
• You have two months from your date of application to provide us with a passing score (45 or higher).
• You can sign up to take the test here: http://www.theacademy.ca.gov/tests.
• Once we receive your passing score, you will follow the steps from Path 2.