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Lateral / Academy Attendee or Graduate

The Lateral position is someone with police/peace officer experience within the State of California. An Academy Attendee is someone who is currently attending a California P.O.S.T. Basic Academy while an Academy Graduate is someone who has successfully completed a California POST Basic Academy within the last twelve (12) months. All Academy Graduates will be required to attend the San Jose Police Academy.

The San Jose Police Department does not accept out-of-state lateral police officer transfers or federal law enforcement transfers who have completed the California P.O.S.T .Basic Course Waiver. All law enforcement officers wishing to transfer from out-of-state or from a federal law enforcement agency must apply as police recruit applicant and then attend the San Jose Police Academy.

STEP #1:  QUALIFICATIONS

You must meet the following qualifications. If you meet them, move on to step #2.

  • Currently employed as a California Police/Peace Officer with a CA Basic P.O.S.T. certificate and has completed a patrol field training program OR
  • Possess a California P.O.S.T. Academy graduation certificate within the last TWELVE months OR
  • Currently, an attendee at a California P.O.S.T. Basic Academy who successfully completes the academy consecutively at the time of its designated graduation date.
  • Must be 21 years old and not older than age 70
  • Must possess a valid California driver's license
  • Must possess a U.S. high school diploma or general education diploma (GED)
  • Must have completed at least 60 semester college credits or 90 quarter college credits from an accredited college or university (credits from a CA P.O.S.T. Academy apply). Click here for more information on accredited institutions accepted.
  • Must possess U.S. Citizenship or permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship • Must have at least 20/40 uncorrected vision. View our vision requirements.
  • Cannot have any felony, domestic violence, misdemeanor assault convictions or currently be on parole or probation.

STEP #2  APPLICATION  If you meet the qualifications, Apply Here using the Police Lateral / Academy Attendee, Graduate Application.

NOTE:  PHYSICAL AGILITY TESTS

Physical agility tests are no longer required for lateral applicants:

  • Applicants with prior police/peace officer experience within the State of California
  • Applicants who are currently attending a California P.O.S.T. Basic Academy
  • Academy Graduates who have successfully completed a California POST Basic Academy within the last six (6) months.

STEP #3: PERSONAL HISTORY QUESTIONNAIRE (PHQ)

The PHQ is a pre-screen questionnaire about you. Upon receiving and acceptance of test results, we will email you the website address to take the on-line PHQ. We receive your results of your PHQ generally seven business days after you complete it. After passing the PHQ we will schedule you for your Oral Board Exam. Those screened-out from the PHQ will be notified as to how they may contact a Background Investigator to discuss the results.

STEP #4: ORAL BOARD EXAM

The Oral Board Exam is a panel interview of five to eight questions not necessarily police related. Applicants who successfully complete the Oral Board Exam will be placed on an eligibility list for the Background Investigation Process. Those selected to the Background Investigation Process will be notified approximately two to three weeks after the last Oral Board Exam of the testing cycle.

For those moving forward will then begin the Background Investigation Process.

STEP #5: Background Investigation Process

For those moving forward will then begin the Background Investigation Process. You will be given instruction to complete your Personal History Statement (PHS), otherwise known as your background packet. Once you complete your PHS and have submitted it, you will then be assigned a Background Investigator. The San Jose Police Department does not accept a PHS from other agencies. Click here to learn more about the Background Investigation Process.

Once your background inquiry is complete, it will then be reviewed by the hiring board for employment selection. Those selected will be given a conditional offer of employment contingent upon successfully passing the city medical exam. Successful completion of the city medical exam, applicants will be given notice of their start day for the San Jose Police In-House Academy.

STEP #6: THE SAN JOSE POLICE IN-HOUSE ACADEMY and FIELD TRAINING PROGRAM (FTO)

The length of time for the in-house academy depends upon the number of recruits and can last up to four weeks. Once the in-house academy is completed, recruits will begin their field training.

The Field Training Officer (FTO) program is the “street” training for officers just graduating from the academy. This is a period where newly graduated Police Recruit Officers will take what they learned in the academy and apply it to the street. For Lateral Police Officers this is a period of preparation, training transition and integration into the San Jose Police Department. New officers in the FTO program will be assigned to experienced, San Jose Field Training Officers for a 17 week training period. Daily evaluations are given to document progress through this training period. Click here, to read more about the FTO training structure.

Those who successfully complete the Field Training Program are assigned to the Patrol Division as a solo beat officer. All officers, in their first three years of service as a San Jose Police Officer, must be assigned to the Patrol Division. After the three year period, an officer is eligible to test for a specialized assignment or take the promotional exam for the rank of sergeant.

STEP #7: THE SAN JOSE POLICE FIELD TRAINING PROGRAM (FTO)

The Field Training Officer (FTO) program is the “street” training for officers just graduating from the academy. This is a period where newly graduated Police Recruit Officers will take what they learned in the academy and apply it to the street. For Lateral Police Officers this is a period of preparation, training transition and integration into the San Jose Police Department. New officers in the FTO program will be assigned to experienced, San Jose Field Training Officers for a 17 week training period. Daily evaluations are given to document progress through this training period. Click here, to read more about the FTO training structure.

Those who successfully complete the Field Training Program are assigned to the Patrol Division as a solo beat officer. All officers, in their first three years of service as a San Jose Police Officer, must be assigned to the Patrol Division. After the three year period, an officer is eligible to test for a specialized assignment or take the promotional exam for the rank of sergeant.


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