Police Recruit Applicants

A Police Recruit applicant is someone who has no police/peace officer experience, has not yet graduated from a California police academy or is a police officer from another state. Police Recruit classification also include self affiliates currently in a California police academy.

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

  • At least 21 years old at the time of the academy. The mandatory retirement age is 70 years old.
  • A valid United States driver's license.
  • U.S. high school diploma or general education diploma (GED).  Waived, if you have a college degree, from an accredited college within the U.S.
  • 40 semester college credits or 60 quarter college credits from an accredited college or university.  We cannot accept in-progress credits or credits from another police academy. Click here for more information on accredited institutions accepted.
  • U.S. Citizenship or permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship.
  • Must have at least 20/40 uncorrected vision. View our vision require-ments.
  • No felony, domestic violence, misdemeanor assault convictions or currently on probation or parole.

STEP #2  APPLICATION: If you meet the qualifications, apply here.


We will review your application.  Once accepted, we will direct you to schedule the
California P.O.S.T. PELLETB (written exam), WSTB (physical agility exam) and 1.5 mile run. To move forward to the next step, you must:

  • Successfully complete the California P.O.S.T. Reading and Writing Test (PELLETB), with a "T-score" of 50 or higher.
  • Successfully complete the California P.O.S.T. physical agility test also known as the Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) with a score of 320 or higher.
  • 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 completion from other agencies, 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 to us to verify you’ve met the minimum requirements to move on to the next step.


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 may discuss the matter with a Backgrounds Unit Investigator by calling 408-277-4131.


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.


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