Police Recruit

Long Beach, CA
Long Beach police Department

$38.66 Hourly


Under immediate supervision in a non-sworn training capacity, develops minimum qualifications required for a career in police service; receives Long Beach Police Academy* instruction in Police Department policies and procedures, weaponless defense, criminal and civil law, physical fitness techniques, use of firearms, arrest procedures, community relations, operation of emergency vehicles and other mandated courses; observes sworn police personnel in the processing of arrestees, including booking, fingerprinting, custody and control; and may perform non-sworn police support functions, such as traffic and crowd control, as directed during the training process.


  • Twenty and a half years of age or older at time of filing.
  • U.S. high school graduate or G.E.D. equivalency**.
  • Valid driver’s license**.
  • In accordance with Government Code Section 1031, effective January 1, 2023, peace officers must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law. There are no specific citizenship requirements. 
  • Cannot be on court-ordered probation at time of application or hire.
  • No felony convictions.
  • Have vision correctable to 20/20.
  • Have no physical or mental limitations that might prevent the completion of any duty assignment.


Ability to:

  • Read and make sound decisions;
  • Comprehend and retain technical training materials;
  • Endure periods of strenuous physical activity requiring good balance, coordination, flexibility, endurance, and strength;
  • Be compassionate, culturally sensitive, and non-discriminatory to a diverse population; and
  • Exercise tact using excellent interpersonal skills, solve problems, and demonstrate good mediation skills during highly confrontational situations.

Possess good:

  • Observation, writing, communication and human relation skills; and
  • Leadership and public service qualities.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Recent college coursework in related fields. Bilingual language ability (Spanish, Khmer, or Tagalog) is desirable for some positions.