Police Recruit

Sacramento, CA
Sacramento Police Department

Closing Date/Time:            Tue. 11/14/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Salary:                                   $21.03 – $24.34 Hourly
$1,682.40 – $1,947.20 Biweekly
$43,742.40 – $50,627.20 Annually

Job Type:                             Limited Term / Benefit Qualified


Applications submitted for this position will be considered for:
Police Officer OR Community Service Officer (Limited-Term) 



Police Recruit is a training level classification used for the 24-week Sacramento Police Academy.  Police Recruits undergo a formal training program in the Police Academy where they receive basic training in police procedures, law enforcement techniques, basic laws, first aid, and physical fitness.

Upon successful completion of training and graduation from the Academy, a Police Recruit is eligible for probationary appointment to Community Service Officer (Limited-Term) or Police Officer.  Successful completion of a field training program is required for both appointments.  Failure to graduate from the Academy or complete field training, within the prescribed training period will be cause for termination.

NOTE:  Applicants who have successfully completed a California P.O.S.T. certified Police Academy may be considered for probationary appointment to either position.

Police Officer job description:

Community Service Officer (Limited-Term) job description:

Educational requirements:

  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.

Experience requirements:

  • No experience required.



Must be at least 18 years of age by the time of appointment as a Community Service Officer (Limited-Term) or 21 years of age by the time of appointment as a Police Officer.

Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.  Applicants must be a United States citizen within 3 years of the date of appointment to Police Officer (per California Government Code Section 1031).

Driver License:  
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment.  Loss of license is considered cause for discipline.  Department of Motor Vehicle records will be checked.

Respiratory Protective Equipment:
Work in this classification requires wearing respiratory protective equipment at times. When assigned to such work, facial hair must be shaven when it interferes with the safe fitting of respiratory protective equipment.

Felony Convictions:
Must be free of felony convictions under California Government Code Section 1029. Conviction of a misdemeanor is not necessarily a bar to employment, each case is considered separately based on job requirements. However, failure to list convictions on the employment application may result in termination from the examination process or employment.

Medical/Drug Test/Psychological:
If considered for appointment, candidates must pass a medical examination, a drug test, and psychological test.

If considered for appointment, candidates must pass a background investigation, which includes a criminal history check, fingerprinting, polygraph test, credit check, and drug use history.

Probationary Period:  
Employees must complete eighteen (18) months of probation at a satisfactory performance level prior to gaining permanent status.