Police Recruit

San Jose, CA
San Jose Police Department

A Police Recruit is an entry level position and is someone who does not have police/peace officer experience or training within the State of California. This classification applies to police officers from other states and federal law enforcement officers who do not possess a California P.O.S.T. Academy Certificate. The San Jose Police Department does not accept the California P.O.S.T. Waiver.

Police Officer Duties

Any one position may not include all the duties listed nor do the examples cover all of the duties which may be performed.

  • Patrols a specified district or beat on foot, motorcycle, patrol vehicle (marked or unmarked).
  • Gives information to pedestrians and motorists; Checks for any law violations; Writes citations; directs traffic and escorts convoys.
  • Responds to radio calls and investigates complaints, disturbances, collisions, administers first aid in emergencies
  • Watches for suspicious cars, curfew violators and wanted persons; make arrests for violations of laws and ordinances.
  • Serves warrants and subpoenas; transports prisoners and assists in booking and jailing prisoners; appears in court
  • Investigates conditions hazardous to life or property; conducts initial investigations of crime and crime scenes; may assist detectives in criminal investigation work. Collect and preserve evidence.
  • Writes reports, reads bulletins, reports, orders and implements indicated changes as appropriate. Testify in Court as require

Minimum Qualifications

  • No prior experience or training is required
  • At least 20-1/2 years old at the time of application / Maximum age is 70 years old (mandatory retirement age)
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or have applied for citizenship
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in the U.S.
  • U.S. high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED); waived if you have earned a college degree from an accredited college within the U.S. View more information about Accredited College Credits
  • Forty (40) semester college credits or (60) quarter college credits from a U.S. accredited college or university. Police academy credits already earned are accepted as part of the education requirement. (Military Veterans with an honorable discharge can substitute four (4) years of active duty service in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard in lieu of the minimum college credit requirement – Reserve time excluded).
  • College units earned outside of the U.S. are accepted if translated and evaluated for this requirement.
  • Must have at least 20/40 corrected vision
  • No felony, domestic violence or misdemeanor assault convictions; cannot currently be on probation or parole
  • No financial accounts currently in “collections”