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Police Officer

Requirements

Before you begin the process for Police Officer, carefully review the hiring process.

General

U.S. citizenship or permanent resident who is eligible and has applied for U.S. citizenship prior to application for employment.

Minimum Age

20 years of age on the day you take the Written Test; 21 at time of Academy graduation (No maximum age limit).

Education

Graduation from a high school located within the United States or a U.S. territory OR passage of the California High School Proficiency Examination OR G.E.D. with scores that meet the California standard established by the American Council on Education OR possession of a two or four year degree from an accredited college or university. (Accreditation must be from an institutional accrediting body which has been recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation.) Candidates screened by the Police Department must present proof of education when they submit their "Personal History Statement" (Word  PDF).

License

A valid California Class C Driver's License, which permits you to drive an automobile, will be required at time of hire.

Typing Certificate

Since Police Officers routinely use laptop computers, an ORIGINAL typing certificate indicating the ability to type at a corrected speed of 30 words per minute on a typewriter or computer keyboard must be submitted during the Police Department's Background Investigation Process. The certificate must be issued under International Typing Contest Rules and specify the net and gross speed, the number of errors and that the test was five minutes or longer. Certificates specifying more than five errors will not be accepted. Individuals who are serving or have served in City of San Diego job classifications which meet or exceed the minimum typing requirements need not submit a typing certificate. Internet typing tests will not be accepted.

Typing tests are given at, but you are not limited to, the following locations: (Call individual centers for further information.)

  • Centre City / Skills Center: (619) 388-4600
  • Mid-City Center: (619) 388-4500
  • Cesar Chavez Center: (619) 230-2895
  • North City Center: (619) 388-1800
  • Educational Cultural Complex: (619) 388-4956
  • The West City Center: (619) 221-6973
  • Palomar College: (760) 744-1150 ext. 2497 (San Marcos Campus) or ext. 8193 (Escondido Campus)