Police Officer – Recruit (Academy Enrolled)

Buena Park, CA
Buena Park Police Department
Salary: $48,108.00-$61,404.00 Annually

Currently Enrolled in a Police Academy? Become a BUENA PARK POLICE OFFICER!

You’ve made the decision to become a Police Officer. But what agency do you want to begin your law enforcement career at? Look no further than the City of Buena Park.

Law Enforcement is at its finest here at the City of Buena Park Police Department. With new state-of-the-art facilities and a community oriented proactive approach on crime, the City of Buena Park Police Department offers a work environment unmatched in Orange County.

Salary $48,108.00 – $61,404.00 Annually

Law Enforcement is at its finest here at the City of Buena Park Police Department. With new state-of-the-art facilities and a community oriented proactive approach on crime, the City of Buena Park Police Department offers a work environment unmatched in Orange County.

Would you like to be part of a team that believes in investing in partnerships with the community, proactive crime prevention, community education and overall effective police work?

If so, the City of Buena Park Police Department features:

• Patrol Services, Traffic Services/Enforcement , K9 Unit, and SWAT
• Youth Explorer Program, School Resource Officer Program, and the Citizens Assisting Police (CAP) Volunteer Program
• Crime Prevention, Investigative Services Bureau, and Forensics
• Regional Narcotics Suppression Program, Gang Unit, Community Impact Team (CIT), and Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership (G.R.I.P.)
• Crimes: Persons Unit/Property Unit, and the Orange County Auto Theft Task Force (OCATT)

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of Community Oriented Policing is practiced by all Buena Park Police Personnel. The Buena Park Police Department believes in investing in partnerships with the community and actively pursues opportunities for community education. Through the development of unique teams such as the Neighborhood Improvement Task Force (NITF), Community Impact Team (CIT), as well as teams of officers working in specific problem areas, the Buena Park Police Department has been able to have a significant impact on crime and build a strong community trust.

State-of-the-Art Facilities and Equipment

The Buena Park Police Department is proud of its state of the art facility built in 2009. Our facilities were built with the future of police work in mind.
• 24/7 Expansive Employee Gym with impressive locker room facilities for both men and women
• Large patrol equipment storage lockers located near police cars
• On site weapons training facility
• State-of-the-art tactical equipment
• High Tech Dispatch Center
• The latest computer technology with the focus on paperless processes
• Dictation Services available for report writing

Working Environment Encourages Career Growth

Education and advancement are encouraged and rewarded through generous training opportunities and robust promotional opportunities. Proactive police work is encouraged through opportunities for advanced investigation and collaborative relationships with detectives as a regular course of business for Buena Park Police Officers. Alternative work schedules, such as a 3/12 work week and Special Event overtime opportunities, such as Knott’s Berry Farm and Community Events are also available.

Finish Your Training as a City of Buena Park Employee

Qualifying candidates currently enrolled in a California P.O.S.T. Certified Basic Police Academy, having completed a minimum of five (5) weeks may be appointed in a non-sworn capacity under the sponsorship of the Buena Park Police Department. After meeting all state mandated academy requirements, including graduation from the Police Academy, incumbents will be considered for promotion to Police Officer.


AGE: 21 years of age at time of appointment.

EDUCATION: Graduation from High school or equivalent. Completion of 60 semester level units related to general education or police science is highly desirable.

VISION: 20/100, correctable to 20/20; with normal color vision and depth perception.

PHYSICAL: Height and weight in correct proportion to meet City standards.

CITIZENSHIP: U.S. citizenship is required prior to enrollment in the Academy.

DRIVER LICENSE: A valid Class C California driver license, acceptable driving record, and evidence of insurance are required.

EXPERIENCE: No law enforcement experience required.
Employees who become department employees on or after January 1, 1987, shall, as a condition of their continued employment, refrain from smoking tobacco or any other non-tobacco substance at any time on or off duty. Violation of this condition of employment shall be deemed good cause for dismissal.

Psychological: Applicants must undergo a psychological assessment by a qualified professional to determine their suitability for the position.

Polygraph Examination: Applicants will be administered an integrity test, and a polygraph examination.

Background Investigation: Applicants will undergo a complete, comprehensive, P.O.S.T. approved background Investigation.

Character: Applicants must be of good character and reputation. Applicants will be fingerprinted and records checked in both state and federal bureaus. Applicants must not have a record of conviction of a serious offense, or numerous convictions of minor offenses. Credit rating, if established, must be satisfactory.