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The Sacramento Police Department is looking for people to not only uphold these values, but embody them. People to help us better serve the community by protecting its freedom and quality of life.

If you're up to the challenge, consider a career with the Sacramento Police Department. We offer as broad a range of opportunities as there are qualified people to fill them.

The Sacramento Police Department hires Entry Level Police Cadets, Lateral Police Officers, and Reserve Police Officers.

Police Cadets are required to complete the P.O.S.T. Basic Police Academy. P.O.S.T is administered through the Department's Training Division and is paid for by the Department. Cadets receive salary and benefits while attending the Academy.

Upon successful completion of academy training, newly sworn Police Officers enter a Field Training Program where they are trained and evaluated by an experienced FTO (Field Training Officer).

Sacramento Police Officers patrol designated areas, answer radio dispatches or citizens' requests, conduct investigations, testify in court, provide traffic control and investigate collisions, attend community meetings, evaluate and control violent situations, provide first aid, and drive vehicles under hazardous conditions. Officers may be assigned to any shift. Upon completing two years of service, officers are eligible to test for other Specialized Units.

Requirements and Test Dates
High school diploma or GED and sixty semester or ninety quarter units from an accredited college or university upon completion of the Sacramento Police Academy.
Must be 21 years of age upon completion of the Sacramento Police Academy.
Valid California Class C Driver's License required. Those with an invalid license or driving record with four or more negligent operator points will not be considered for appointment. Applicants must be free of felony convictions under California Government Code Section 1029.
Training sometimes requires the wearing of respiratory protective equipment. Facial hair must be shaven when it interferes with the safe fitting of this equipment.
Must be a citizen of the United States or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. Must reside within 35 air miles from the freeway interchange of W-X Streets, 29th-30th Streets within one year of appointment. Those appointed to Police Officer as a result of this examination must pass an annual physical performance test.

Application Test Date Academy Date
January 7, 2005 January 29, 2005 July 2005
March 25, 2005 April 16, 2005 July 2005
June 24, 2005 July 16, 2005 January 2006
September 9, 2005 October 1, 2005 January 2006

Salary during Academy attendance is $3,057 per month. Sworn Police Officers earn $3,749 -$5,856 per month. A 5% educational benefit is awarded to employees who hold a Bachelor's degree and have completed a probation term. An additional 8½% Field Training Officer pay is awarded to appointed FTOs during training. (This amount is included in top salary stated above.)

Application Process
To be considered for the written examination, interested and qualified persons are required to submit a SCANTRON application to the City of Sacramento Employment Office. Applicants will also be required to complete a City of Sacramento Employment Application. Although no experience is necessary, be prepared to complete prior employment information.

Request an Application, or contact:

City of Sacramento, Employment Office
921 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 808-5726
24-Hour Job Line: (916) 808-8568

Prepare yourself for the testing process. Check out the Sacramento Police Department's Law Enforcement Orientation Workshop!

Examination Process
Written Examination: A Candidate must pass both a P.O.S.T. Certified entry-level law enforcement written test and complete an essay administered by the City of Sacramento in order to be considered for appointment to Police Cadet. (A P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Exam Guide is available at the City of Sacramento Employment Office and at the Police Personnel Office.)

Police Cadet applicants must pass a physical agility test administered by the City of Sacramento. The test includes operating a handgun with both the right and left hand, operating a shotgun from both shoulders, a 99-yard obstacle course, 165-lbs. dummy drag, chain link fence climb, solid fence climb, and 500-yard run.

Candidates who pass the written exam and physical agility test will be contacted to participate in an oral interview. Candidates who pass both the written exam and oral interview will be placed on a list used by the Police Department to fill vacancies. An applicant may only take the written exam once every 12 months.

Background and Medical/Psychological Exams: Prior to appointment, the applicant will undergo a background investigation that includes a polygraph test, fingerprinting, and drug usage history. Candidates must also successfully pass a medical exam, psychological exam, and pre-employment drug screening. Standards for Drug Usage
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