Steps to Becoming a Police Officer
The selection process usually begins six to eight months prior to the start of each academy while prerequisite testing is year round. Lateral Officers are hired year round. Planning for a transition into a career as a San Jose Police Officer is just one of the keys to success.
- Successfully passed the California P.O.S.T Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB), also known as the P.O.S.T. Reading and Writing Test, with a “T-score” of 50 or higher. http://www.theacademy.ca.gov/ Waived for Lateral Police applicants.
- Successfully passed the Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) also known as the physical agility test with a minimum T-score of 320 for Police Recruit applicants and a minimum T-score of 384 for Lateral Police applicants.
- Successfully passed the 1.5 mile run.
- Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) - Approx. 60 minutes. Online questionnaire that relates directly to job suitability. Required for police recruit applicants only and must pass to proceed to the Oral Board Interview. PHQ waived for Lateral Police applicants.
- Oral Board Interview (Approx. 60 minutes long, with a panel of three (3) raters.)
View the Oral Interview Schedule. Only eligible applicants who have been issued a password may register for an appointment.
- Background Phase - A complete and thorough background investigation of references and personal histories including:
PREREQUISITES TO APPLICATION:
- Polygraph Exam
- Psychological Oral Interview
- Psychological Written Test