Police Recruit

Ontario, CA
Ontario Police Department

This is an entry level law enforcement position. The City of Ontario reserves the right, if necessary, to accept applications from the first four hundred (400) applicants that meet the qualification guidelines outlined below. Successful candidates will attend the Academy in January 2020.

If you have a passion for public service and are looking to begin a career in law enforcement, the City of Ontario has a position for you! The Ontario Police Department has an exciting opportunity available for those who are looking to get their start as a Police Officer- Recruit. As a Police Officer – Recruit you will unlock your potential and launch your future career while making a positive impact on the community! Police Recruits attend a 24-week POST-certified Police Officer Training Academy. You will be trained in criminal law enforcement techniques, first aid, and physical conditioning. Upon successful completion of the academy, you will be promoted to the position of Police Officer. Police Recruits are sworn in as Police Officers at a base salary of $6,222.67 – $7,564.27 per month; this does not include incentive pay which you may be eligible to earn, such as bilingual pay, education pay, shift differential, etc. All new Police Officers complete a comprehensive Field Training Officer program which provides close training and assistance in the field.

$67,599.96 – $82,180.80 Annually

7/19/2019 5:00 PM Pacific


Help make a difference to the community by becoming a contributing member of Ontario's progressive Police Department. By choosing a career with the Ontario Police Department, you will be rewarded with a dynamic and supportive environment in which to pursue your professional and personal achievements.

Ontario's Police Department is at the forefront of law enforcement, including: an aggressive, proactive approach to law enforcement; community-based policing; SWAT unit; helicopter support; canine program; traffic/motorcycle program; forensics unit; gang suppression unit. The Ontario Police Department also provides public safety for the Ontario International Airport (ONT).


Education / Age

Equivalent to a high school diploma or recognized equivalent. Minimum age of 20.5 years at time of application.

Peace Officer Background Investigation

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to successfully complete a Peace Officer Background Investigation conducted by the Ontario Police Department.

Other Requirements

Candidates must possess a valid CA Class C driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of appointment. Uncorrected vision of at least 20/80 each eye, corrected to 20/20 with glasses or contact lenses, and normal color vision.

In accordance with Government Code Section 1031 and 1031.5, to be appointed as a peace officer in California, you must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. Citizenship status must be conferred within three years of applying for citizenship.


Some college level coursework in criminal justice administration or a related field. Some knowledge of modern police practices and methods; current laws and ordinances, particularly those of arrest, search, and seizure, and the geography of the city. Bilingual skills are highly desirable.