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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 six (6) months. Any Academy Graduate who submits an application beyond six (6) months of their graduation date will have their application reviewed by the current Recruiting Unit Supervisor. Upon review, an Academy Graduate 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 SIX 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, click here to apply - Police Lateral / Academy Attendee, Graduate Application.

STEP #3:  PHYSICAL AGILITY TESTS

We will review your application. Once accepted, we will email you the webpage link to schedule the California P.O.S.T. WSTB (physical agility exam) and 1.5 mile run (testing fees may apply).

  • The written test (PELLETB) is waived for Laterals, Academy Attendees and Graduates
  • The physical agility test (WSTB) and 1.5 mile run is waived for Academy Graduates and Academy Attendees (contingent upon graduating from the academy).

To move forward to the next step, you must:

  • Successfully complete the California P.O.S.T. physical agility test also known as the Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) with a score of 384 or higher. For more information about the WSTB course, please click here.
  • Successfully complete the 1.5 mile run in 14 minutes or less
  • We accept California P.O.S.T. “T-scores” and 1.5 mile run completion from other agencies or CA POST academies, if it has been taken within the last year of when you submitted your SJPD application. It will be the applicant’s responsibility to submit proof for verification of his/her results. Verification must be on an agency letterhead where the test was administered and list the test date, type of test administer and your results. Please note that agencies vary in their physical agility testing and we can only accept those that are referred to as “WSTB.”
  • Once you receive your test results you will submit them (usually by email) to us to verify you’ve met the minimum requirements to move on to the next step.
  • We do not accept other tests in lieu of the California WSTB and 1.5 mile run, as referred to above.

STEP #4: 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 #5: 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 Inquiry Process. Those selected to the Background Inquiry 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 Inquiry Process.

STEP #6: BACKGROUND INQUIRY PROCESS

For those moving forward will then begin the Background Inquiry 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 Inquiry 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 #7: 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 #8: 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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