Academy Graduate Eligibility: To be eligible for consideration as a Police Officer – Academy Graduate, an applicant must:

  • Have successfully completed a State of California POST Basic Police Academy within the last 24 months and possess a valid State of California POST Basic Police Academy Certificate.

Experience and Education Guidelines: Any combination equivalent to experience and education that would most likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Education: High school diploma or legal equivalent (GED).
  • Experience: Must be eligible to attend a State of California POST certified Basic Police Academy or currently enrolled in one.

Selection Process

1. Application Review

Apply online by scrolling to the top of the job posting and clicking on the “Apply” link. You must scan and attach your POST certificate to your online application.

Important: Applications with “See Resume” as a substitution for the work experience description and/or unclear past employment information will not be considered. The application for employment, supplemental questionnaire, and State of California POST Basic Police Academy certificate must be submitted to be considered for this position.

Based on a review of the applications, a limited number of the best qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may include a qualifying written examination, structured oral board interview, written exercise, or other elements determined by the City to be appropriate. All applicants invited to the examination(s) will be notified of date, time, and place of examination(s).

2. Structured Oral Interviews

Structured Oral Interviews (weighted 100%) will be conducted on a continual basis. Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher to be placed on the Eligible List.

3. Background Investigation

The selected candidate will be subjected to a background investigation which may include, but is not limited to, a personal and employment history assessment, criminal history check, financial background check, medical, polygraph, psychological testing, and verification of a valid California driver’s license.

Effective January 1, 2022, the City of San Leandro requires all new and returning employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of appointment. Proof of vaccination will be required as a condition of employment.

4. Job Offer

The selected candidate will receive a conditional job offer, subject to passing pre-employment conditions which may include, but is not limited to, background check, criminal history check, medical, and verification of a valid California driver’s license.  If a pre-employment condition is not successfully met, the City reserves the right to rescind a job offer.

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