San Mateo

Police Officer Trainee (19852947)

Law Enforcement
San Francisco/Peninsula
Continuous or until 5000 applicants
$8,050.00-$0.00 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 Trainee

This is a Continuous Recruitment


None required


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

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

T-score and Physical Agility Certificates ARE NOT REQUIRED

Necessary Special Qualifications:

·   Free of felony convictions

.  A citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for  citizenship (Government Code Para. 1031).

·   Age, not less than 21 years at time of appointment.

·   Vision in each eye, correctable to at least 20/30

·   Must pass a background investigation.

.   Must meet all Department medical, physical and psychological standards.

License or Certificates:

·   Possession of and ability to maintain a valid California Driver’s license

The Position:

This is a non-sworn classification structured for incumbents hired for the purpose of becoming a sworn police officer.  Police Officer Trainees are hired into this civilian position for the period prior and during the time they are assigned to a POST-certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy.  Upon successful completion of training at the academy and upon the availability of a Police Officer position, Police Officer Trainees are sworn in and appointed to the classification of Police Officer.  Police Officer Trainee benefits are limited to those of a civilian employee.

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 the benefits, please click on this link to view the MOU and benefits:


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

 The Examination Process

Based upon a review of the applications, applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be placed on the employment list.  The employment list is updated continuously as applicants become eligible.  Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list.  Your eligibility will remain in effect for at least one year from the date that you are notified of your status. 

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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