Recruit Police Officer

City of Santa Clara, CA
January 13, 2021
Santa Clara, CA
Job Type



The City
The City of Santa Clara is a "full service" city - one of only a few communities in the Bay Area that has its own police, fire, library, recreation, and electric, water, and sewer utilities, as well as all of the other departments and civic amenities expected in a thriving community. Santa Clara is a family-oriented and business-friendly city, led by a city government that has developed an award-winning ethics program and a commitment to fostering public trust. Located in Santa Clara County at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay, about 45 miles south of San Francisco, Santa Clara is a strategic regional hub, convenient to freeways, airports, railroads, expressways, light rail, and other public transportation

Police Department
The men and women of the Santa Clara Police Department take tremendous pride in providing the community with outstanding service through the "Santa Clara Way" of service. In partnership with the citizens, the team provides law enforcement services with professional and dedicated staff. The team will always identify and resolve problems utilizing all available resources and perform services professionally and with a high level of integrity.

The Position

This position is an entry-level, non-sworn position in the Police Department. Incumbents in the position are assigned to the Basic Peace Officer Academy and must adequately pass all of the requirements that lead to the possession of the Basic Peace Officer Standards and Training Certificate before becoming candidates for the sworn position of Police Officer.

Applications must be filled out completely. Please do not substitute "see resume" or "see personnel file" in the employment history section of the application. To be considered for this position, candidates must submit a 1) City Employment Application, 2) Verification of a valid POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) examination from another agency or approved entity with a T-Score of 50 or better, and 3) Verification of POST Physical Ability Examination or proof of registration, no later than 4:00 p.m. on February 26, 2021. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

**This recruitment is for Recruit Police Officers. Candidates with two or more years of Police experience should apply for the upcoming Police Officer (Lateral) recruitment.**

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee admittance into the oral examination process. Only the most qualified candidates who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirements and duties of the position will be invited. Candidates must attain a passing score on the oral examination process to qualify for the Eligible List. A department interview will be required prior to the appointment.

Typical Duties

  • Upon employment, will be required to attend a POST certified basic academy and participate in and pass all required classes.
  • May also be required to ride on patrol as an observer. May be required to direct traffic or perform other police-related functions when not attending classes.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Completion of sixty (60) semester units or ninety (90) quarter units of academic level course work at an accredited college or university with no experience required.


  • Possession of an appropriate, valid California driver's license is required.
  • Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031, applicants must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.


  • Must be at least 20 years of age at time of application filing and 21 years of age at time of job appointment;
  • Must possess the strength and physical ability necessary to perform the essential functions of the position of Police Officer;
  • Hearing, speech, and mental capabilities sufficient to perform all the essential functions of the position of Police Officer; and
  • Must be willing to be fingerprinted.

Vision requirements :

  • Vision including color, night, depth, and peripheral vision sufficient to perform all of the essential functions of the position of Police Officer;
  • Visual acuity of not less than 20/80 vision in each eye uncorrected, and corrected to 20/30 in each eye.
  • EXCEPTION: Applicants with correction afforded by soft contact lenses are exempt from the minimum uncorrected vision standard of 20/80, provided their corrected vision is 20/30 in each eye.

If provided a conditional offer of employment, candidates must pass a background investigation, polygraph, physical ability, medical, and psychological examination prior to appointment.


  • Required to work a basic 5-day workweek.
  • Attendance of classes at odd and unusual hours may be required, as well as working on weekends and designated holidays.

This position qualifies for Veteran's Preference Points. Applicants who have separated from service (Active Duty Status) must submit proof of honorable discharge (Form DD214) with their application at the time of filing.

Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of Santa Clara will not sponsor, represent, or sign documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities at a level necessary to do police work:

Interest in Police Work - willingness to handle routine, repetitive tasks; enforce laws that may conflict with personal values; relate to others; work with minorities; work with fellow officers and the general public; participate in situations which require courage; function in different roles; work under hostile conditions; work under hazardous conditions over long periods of time; change appearance for job requirements and conditions; accept new job duties; work weekends, holidays, shifts, overtime, and a 10-hour work-day/4-day work-week.

Ability to Take Orders - the ability to relate to supervisors; to maintain objectivity; take criticism and control temper; and willingness to enforce laws that may conflict with personal values.

Ability to Take Responsibility - ability to work without supervision; reliability; ability to participate in situations which require courage; refrain from abusing authority vested in official role; maintain confidentiality of information; assume a command presence in conflict situations; and refrain from using excessive sick or unauthorized leave.

Self Control - the ability to control one's temper; maintain objectivity; take criticism; function under oral or physical stress; use authority effectively; function in different roles; work under hazardous and hostile conditions for long periods of time; and work at accident and crime scenes which involve severe personal injuries or in situations which involve loss of life.

Ability to Communicate Effectively - the ability to testify accurately; obtain information from witnesses under normal and stressful conditions; communicate in person, in writing, and via radio.

Ability to Make Reasonable Decisions Rapidly - the ability to reason logically; apply discretion in maintaining confidentiality of information; observe and interpret what is observed; evaluate situations and people effectively; and apply good judgment.

Willingness to Arrest People - willingness to take actions which will result in imposing penalties on others, including: depriving them of their freedom; taking a life if necessary; and fighting to win and injuring another if required and to enforce laws which may conflict with personal values.

Ability to Learn - the immediate potential to learn to write readable, comprehensible reports; to read and interpret relevant laws and procedural material; read maps; apply regulations; communicate verbally with others under stress; analyze material and situations; and record observations from accident and crime scenes.

Emotional Stability - the ability to take verbal abuse; the possession of: honesty, integrity, maturity, tolerance, self-confidence, truthfulness, and psychological stability; ability to meet the physical and psychological demands of police work.

Ability to Problem Solve - the ability to identify problems or issues that are of concern to residents of the City, and the ability to respond successfully to these problems through the resources of the Police Department, other City Departments, and/or other governmental or private agencies.

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