San Mateo

Police Officer - POST Academy Graduates Only (17497511)

Law Enforcement
San Francisco/Peninsula
Continuous or until 2000 applicants
$9,471.00-$11,286.00 Monthly

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


200 Franklin Parkway San Mateo, 94403


The San Mateo Police Department is accepting applications for Police Officer POST Academy Graduates Only

This is a continuous recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications:  

·   21 years of age at time of appointment.

·   U.S. Citizen or resident alien and proof of application for citizenship as required by California Government Code Section 1031(a).

·   High School Graduate from an accredited school or GED.

·   60 units of credit from an accredited college or two years of Military Service in lieu of college. 

License or Certificate:

·   Possession of a valid California driver’s license and appropriate license classification as required.

In addition to the minimum qualifications:  The Academy Graduate must have a California POST approved Basic Academy certificate of at least 800 hours issued within 3 years of the date of application.  A copy of your certificate is required with your application in order for you to continue in the process.

Without your certificate, your application will not receive further consideration.  If you are unable to attach the certificate to your application, please email your certificate to: or fax to:  650 522-7261

The Position:

Police Officers perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; control traffic flow and enforce state and local regulations; perform investigative work; participate in and provide support and assistance to special department crime prevention and enforcement programs and do related police work as assigned. Duties and hours will vary with assignments.

The Department:

Consists of a diverse and outstanding group of men and women who have dedicated themselves to public service. Our staff, which consists of 113 sworn police officers and 40 civilian positions, is devoted to protecting and serving the citizens of San Mateo professionally, while providing outstanding customer service.




Police Officers hired from this recruitment will receive a signing bonus of $1,500.00 upon   successful completion of probation.  If an eligible merit City employee refers a candidate who is subsequently hired from this recruitment, he/she shall receive a $1,500.00 referral award in accordance with the City’s Targeted Recruitment Program Policy.  The candidate must note the referring employee’s name on the City’s official employment application at the time he/she submits it. 


For information about benefits, please refer to the MOU by clicking on this link:

Special Instructions

Attach a copy of your California POST approved basic academy certificate of at leat 800 hours issued within 3 years of the date of application.  Without your certificate, your application will not move forward in the process.

If you are unable to attach the certificate to your application, please  email it to: or fax it to:  650 522-7261. 

The Examination Process

Upon meeting the minimum qualifications for this position, the candidates will be placed on an employment list.  Failure to attach, email or fax your POST certificate, your application will not receive further consideration for this position. The employment list is updated as candidates become eligible. 

The Selection Process

Once placed on the Employment List, and at the time a vacancy needs to be filled,  the San Mateo Police Department representative will contact candidates selected to move onto the next step in the hiring process. 

Before a conditional employment offer is made, candidates must take a polygraph examination. If successful, a conditional employment offer is made and candidates are then required to successfully pass a psychological, medical examination including a stress agility assessment, a drug screen, personal interviews, background investigation, fingerprinting, and must be able to furnish proof of legal right to work in the United States. The process will end with the Police Chief’s interview. The City’s standards must be met before the final appointment is made. The Chief of Police or her designee will make the final appointment.


Recruitment Contact

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