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Police Officer - Academy Attendee
City of Alameda, East Bay

Law Enforcement

For more info contact:
[email protected]
(510) 747-4900
Close Date: Continuous
Salary: $28.83 Hourly

Who should apply?


After graduation from an accredited academy, a Police Officer performs a variety of law enforcement activities during an assigned shift.  Major duties may include crime response, patrol, investigation, traffic enforcement, crime prevention and public safety, case presentation and testimony in court.  Officers may work weekends, overtime, holidays, and variable shifts.  All officers are afforded excellent training and career development opportunities.
Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the Selection Process or placement on the Eligible List. This is a competitive exam where a candidate's performance in the examination will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates.  To be considered, applicants must:
1.  Be an ACADEMY ATTENDEE attending a California POST accredited Police Academy and must graduate by date of appointment.  Applicants must submit, on agency letterhead, a verification letter from their Academy with anticipated graduation date.
2.     Possess a California POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) “T-score” of 45 points or higher dated within one year of application.  NOTE:  California POST “T-scores” from other agencies will be accepted if it has been taken within one year of the date you submit your City of Alameda application.  Applicants must submit, on agency letterhead, a letter that states that individual has taken the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) written exam.  The letter must contain the total “T-score” and the date of the test.
3.    Possess a California POST physical agility test certificate, known as the Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB), with a score of 384 or higher and a 14-minute maximum time for the 1.5 mile run, dated within 18 months of application.
4.      Be 21 years old by date of appointment as a Police Officer.
5.      Possess a high school diploma or a G.E.D.  College coursework is desirable.
6.     Be in excellent physical condition and demonstrate a state of physical and mental health consistent with the ability to perform assigned duties; have normal hearing; have uncorrected vision no less than 20/80 in each eye which is corrected in each eye to 20/20; and have normal color vision.
7.   Possession of a valid California driver’s license and satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.
8.     Be a citizen of the United States or be a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship prior to application date.  Application shall not have been denied.
ABILITY TO successfully complete Academy requirements; observe and accurately remember names, faces, numbers, incidents and places; learn and interpret laws, regulations, policies and procedures; carry out oral and written directions; analyze situations and make quick decisions requiring sound judgment; communicate situations; operate a variety of specialized police department equipment including computerized telecommunications and dispatch equipment; become proficient in self-defense techniques and in the care and use of firearms; maintain level of knowledge and physical condition required for satisfactory job performance; establish and maintain accurate records; prepare concise, comprehensive reports; communicate effectively; act with resourcefulness, courtesy and initiative; exercise independent judgment; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public.
LOYALTY OATH:  An oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to the United States and to the State of California must be taken before appointment.
RESIDENCE:  Within a reasonable time, you are required to live within a 50 minute drive to your work.
·       Apply ONLINE at, or submit your application materials IN-PERSON to the Human Resources Department (Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501.  You will be required to attach a copy of your valid “T-score” results, a copy of your POST WSTB agility results including your 1.5 mile run time results, and a copy of your Academy verification letter from a California POST accredited Police Academy.  Failure to attach any of the required certification documents will remove a candidate from consideration.  Note:  When uploading your POST certifications in CalOpps, you must combine your documents into one PDF that is no larger than 2 MB.
    Applicants are urged to fill out the application completely and thoroughly respond to all questions.  FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE WILL REMOVE AN APPLICANT FROM CONSIDERATIONAn evaluation of those applications and Supplemental Questionnaire responses will be conducted to select those best qualified to continue in the exam.
·      STRUCTURED ORAL INTERVIEW:  Candidates who meet the employment standards listed will be invited to Structured Oral Interviews.  Those who pass the interview will be placed on a tentative Eligible List based on their oral scores with 70% required to pass.
·        SWIM TEST:  Candidates will complete a 50-yard swim test.
·    BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION:  A thorough investigation of a personal history, including but not limited to work history, education, military, arrest record, etc. will be conducted on candidates certified to the Police Department.  A polygraph is a part of the background examination.
·        MEDICAL EVALUATION:  All candidates recommended for appointment to the job by the Hiring Authority must successfully complete a required medical examination prior to appointment.
·        PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION:  All candidates recommended for appointment to the job by the Hiring Authority must successfully complete a psychological evaluation prior to appointment.
·     DEPARTMENTAL APPOINTMENT:  Candidates certified from the Eligible List to the Police Department may be interviewed by the departmental Hiring Authority for possible appointment to the job.


(Upon successful completion of Academy and awarded a Sworn Police Officer position)



“Classic” employee

“New” employee

Retirement benefit formula

3% @ 50

2.7% @ 57

Employee Contribution

Employee Cost Share Contribution


July 2015: 5% (14% total)

July 2016: 6% (15% total)

12% (subject to change)

Period used to calculate retirement

Single highest year

Three year average

Other Postemployment Benefits:

Effective January 2016, employees will contribute a percentage of cost to a trust.

Supplemental Retirement Benefits:

Effective January 2016, employees will contribute 2% of their base earnings towards a supplemental retirement plan created under IRC 401(a) and 401(h)


        Equipment Allowance:  $750 equipment allowance.

        Uniform Allowance:  $2,000 per year.

        Health & Life Insurance:  A choice of CalPERS health plans for which the City contributes towards a significant portion of the premium for the employee and family.  A $50,000 group life insurance policy is provided at no cost.

        Dental:  City paid premium for  the employee and eligible dependents.

        Vision:  City will pays 50% of the premium for the employee and eligible dependents.

        Vacation:  Annual paid vacations range from 2-7 weeks based on length of service.

        Holidays: 1/14.44 regular salary for Holiday-in-Lieu Pay plus 1 floating holiday per year.

        Sick Leave:  Eight (8) hours per month.

        4-10 Schedule:  Patrol officers work 4 days, 10 hours per day workweek.

        Bilingual Pay:  $672 per year for designated positions.

        Retention Pay:  3% at 10 years, additional 4% at 15 years, and additional 5% at 20 years of service, compounded.

  1. Apply ONLINE at or
  2. Apply IN-PERSON at the City of Alameda Human Resources Department (Monday -Thursday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501.
Applications along with required documents must be filed no later than 5 p.m. on the last date to apply.  No photocopies or facsimiles are accepted.  It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate delivery time.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City Application. 
VETERAN’S PREFERENCE CREDIT:  A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran’s preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service.  NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.
The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply.  It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age.  Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.  No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace.  Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons.  Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department.  Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.
The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.



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