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.

ADA 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.

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