Police Recruit- Entry Level

Regular Employment Opportunity
Law Enforcement
Central Coast
Until filled or until 500 applicants
$29.59-$0.00 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


222 Lincoln Ave. Salinas, 93901


The City of Salinas Police Department invites motivated men and women seeking a challenging career in law enforcement to apply for the Police Recruit (Entry Level) position. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with the desire to serve the Salinas community and be a part of a hard working team.  Police Recruits are paid $29.59 an hour while attending the Police Academy. Upon successful completion of the academy, incumbents are promoted to the sworn Police Officer classification and earn a starting yearly salary of $80,094, plus full benefits as provided by law and by Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Salinas Police Officers Association (SPOA).

THE DEPARTMENT: The Salinas Police Department has an authorized staff of 170 sworn and 55 non-sworn personnel, with an annual budget of $47 million. The Department is responsible for providing a full range of crime prevention and law enforcement services to a diverse community of approximately 161,042 residents. The Department responds to an average of 8,700 calls for service each month.

THE POSITION: Becoming a Salinas Police Officer represents an outstanding employment opportunity for dedicated and career-minded men and women.

A Police Officer under direction, utilizes specialized training and equipment to protect life and property by enforcing laws and preventing crimes. Performs related special assignments and other work as assigned.


For more information on salary, benefits, duties and job requirements, please see the attached job announcement.



Salinas Police Officers Association  

BASE SALARY:            $5,129 Monthly (While attending police academy)
                                     $36.66 - $53.15 Hourly (After graduation from police academy)
                                     $6,874 - $9,213 Monthly
                                     $82,488- $110,556 Annually

Additional Pays:

Bilingual Pay 5% of Base Pay
Motorcycle Assignment 5% of Base Pay
K9 5% of Base Pay
Investigations 5% of Base Pay
CSI 5% of Base Pay
FTO 5% of Base Pay                                     Night Shift $20.00 Max Shift
Gang Detail 5% of Base Pay                       Uniform Allowance $1,200.00 Max Year
Internal Affairs 5% of Base Pay                  Tuition Assistance $500.00 Max Year
Longevity Up to 8% of Base                        Pay Fitness/Wellness $1,000.00 Max Year
Personnel & Training 5% of Base Pay

BIENNIAL PHYSICAL: City-paid Biennial Physical exam every 24 months. Employees 40 & over are eligible every 18 months (eligible twenty-four months from date of regular hire).

EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT PAY: P.O.S.T. Intermediate Certificate 3%, P.O.S.T. Advanced 3%. (For employees at top step)

ANNUAL LEAVE: Accrued at a rate of 22 days per year for the first five years; 27 days through 10 years, with additional longevity increases.

FLEX LEAVE BENEFIT: One hundred twenty (120) hours per year. (10 hours accrued monthly)

HOLIDAYS: Twelve days plus one floating day for a total of thirteen per year.

HEALTH INSURANCE: SPOA members are covered under PORAC Plan. The City pays 100% for health premiums.

RETIREMENT: Membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) varies on eligibility and current retirement contribution status. Classic Members: Retirement formula 3% @ 55, Member Contribution Rate 9%. New Members: Retirement formula 2.7%@ 57, Member Contribution Rate 12.75%

For a complete list of benefits and detail, visit and review the MOU for Police Officers Association. Benefits are subject to change and do not constitute a contract.

Special Instructions

WSTB and PELLETB certificates must be submited at time of application. You may also email your certificates to Applications will be considered incomplete without required documents. Please only submit the documents requested; all other documents will be discarded. 

Recruitment Contact

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