Reserve Police Applicants

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The San Jose Police Department is currently looking for highly motivated individuals who are interested in working as Reserve Police Officers.  In order to apply for the Reserve Police Officer position you MUST satisfy the following PREREQUISITES:

  • Successfully passed the California P.O.S.T. Basic Police Academy and possess a certificate of completion or verification letter.
  • Possess a verification letter noting completion of the California P.O.S.T Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) with a “T-score” of 50 or higher.
  • Possess a verification letter noting completion of the Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) with a minimum T-score of 384 and successfully passed the 1.5 mile run in 14 minutes or less.

Note: Locally, the Basic Police Academy is offered by the South Bay Public Safety Regional Training Consortium.  Individuals can complete the academy in either the full-time intensive course or the night/weekend modular format.  Applicants, who attended the modular version of the police academy, must successfully complete all three modules, in order to be eligible for hire as a San Jose Reserve Officer.  Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as they are nearing completion of the academy. 

More information regarding the basic academy can be found at the following link:

The basic academy must have been completed within the last three years.  The written and agility exams must have been completed within the last year.

Interested applicants must also meet the following minimum REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be at least 20½ years old at the time of application (The mandatory retirement age is 70 years old)
  • Must possess a valid United States driver's license
  • Must possess a 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.
  • Must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship
  • Must have at least 20/40 uncorrected vision. See the vision standards in the medical examination section for further details.
  • Cannot have any felony, domestic violence, misdemeanor assault convictions or currently be on parole or probation.

If you meet these requirements and you are ready for the opportunity to serve your community as a Reserve Police Officer, Apply Here using the Reserve Police Applicant Reservation Form.



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