San Mateo

Police Officer - POST Academy Graduates Only (17497511)

Law Enforcement
San Francisco/Peninsula
Continuous or until 2000 applicants
$9,849.00-$11,738.27 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.



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

MOUs and Compensation Resolutions | San Mateo, CA - Official Website (


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. 

Special Instructions

Attach a copy of your California POST approved basic academy certificate of at least 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.

ADA Special Requirements

Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:

Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, squat, stoop, reach, crawl, twist, climb, and lift 50 Pounds:  exposure to cold, heat, extreme noise, outdoors, confining work space, electrical hazards, chemicals, dust, toxic waste, mechanical hazards, and explosive materials.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement:

In order to promote a safe and healthy workplace for employees and members of the public who interact with employees or visit City of San Mateo worksites and facilities, the City requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated prior to their start date as a condition of employment. This vaccination requirement applies to all merits, per diems, retired annuitants, student assistants, interns and re-hires appointed by the City after January 10, 2022. Fully vaccinated means that the person received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a 2-dose Covid-19 vaccine series (e.g. Pfizer or Moderna), or a single-dose Covid-19 vaccine (e.g. Janssen), as defined by the CDC. Candidates requesting a reasonable accommodation request for an exemption from this vaccination requirement based on a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief must notify or (650) 522-7264 and complete the appropriate Accommodation Request form prior to the start date of employment. The City will review exemption requests on a case-by-case basis.

Note: The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process. ALL RESPONSES WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION.  Therefore, it is imperative that you provide an email address to which you have access, and it is recommended that you frequently check your email for notices from:

Fine Print:

Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a driving record review, reference check, and Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. The policy of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status, or national origin. It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants requiring accommodations for any part of the testing or recruitment process must notify or (650) 522-7264 seven (7) days in advance of the deadline for the part of the process requiring accommodations.  Do not upload any documents related to your request for accommodation in CalOpps. The City of San Mateo complies with employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Recruitment Contact

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