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Police Recruit - Sacramento , CA (ID: 292498)

Title Police Recruit
Type Police Officer
Date Posted December 27, 2017
City / Organization Sacramento , CA
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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:





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




Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. Please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders.

1.  Application Review: (Pass/Fail) All applicants must complete and submit online:

  • A City of Sacramento employment application;
  • A completed Supplemental Questionnaire and;
  • Optional - send a valid and legible copy of your T-Score letter to the City of Sacramento Human Resources Department (refer to Test Exemption section below).
  • Applications will be reviewed in accordance with cut-off dates.  All necessary paperwork must be submitted before the final filing date.  Incomplete applications will not pass the application review; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed.
  • If you are currently on an active Eligible (PASS) List for the Police Recruit position, it is unnecessary to reapply and/or retake the PELLETB for this position.  Each Eligible (PASS) List is active for one (1) year from the date it is established.

2.  Supplemental Questionnaire:  (Pass/Fail) - In addition to the City of Sacramento employment application, all applicants must complete and submit online responses to the supplemental questionnaire.

3.  Written Test:  (Pass/Fail): - Candidates will be notified by e-mail (check your SPAM and JUNK folders) and/or U.S. Mail of the written date, time and location; tentatively scheduled for March 6th, 2018.  The written test is the multiple-choice P.O.S.T. certified Entry-Level Law Enforcement Battery (PELLETB).  The PELLETB may include, but is not limited to, clarity, vocabulary, spelling, and reading comprehension.  The PELLETB is administered by the City of Sacramento Human Resources Department.

TEST PREPARATION - The PELLETB for California Peace Officer preparation guide is available ONLINE at (Download PDF reader)

TEST EXEMPTION - If you have previously taken the PELLETB with another law enforcement agency within two years of the final filing date and earned a T-Score of 45 or higher you may be considered exempt from the PELLETB.  To receive consideration for exemption, submit a valid and legible copy of your T-Score letter to the City of Sacramento Human Resources Department using one of the following methods:

  • Attach your valid T-Score letter to your online application;
  • Fax it to (916) 596-1556, Subject:  Police Recruit
  • Email it to and include "Police Recruit" in the Subject Line.

Per P.O.S.T. regulation:

  • The T-Score letter must be issued on AGENCY LETTERHEAD and must include the score section breakdown (Written, Reading and Total T-Score).
  • You cannot re-take the PELLETB in less than 30 days.
  • The written test for Correctional Officer or Probation Officer are not equivalent to the PELLETB and are therefore not eligible for consideration from test exemption.

Per City of Sacramento Human Resources Department requirement:

  •  The test date must be clearly visible on the T-Score letter to receive consideration for test exemption.
  • The T-Score letter must be a legible, clear copy.

4. Oral Interview Test: (100%) - The oral interview test will consist of job-related questions. The Oral Interview Test is administered by the Sacramento Police Department.

5. Physical Agility Test(Pass/Fail) - Applicants who pass the oral interview test will be required to pass the physical agility test.  The Physical Agility Test is administered by the Sacramento Police Department.

If you have specific questions regarding the Police Recruit position, hiring process, Police Academy, etc.:

For questions concerning this job announcement and the application process:

Job Post Expiration Date   February 12, 2018

    All jobs posted are considered open until filled and may close at anytime except as stated in the Job Description. .