Your Roadmap to a career with our team

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The Roadmap:

Make Sure You Qualify:

  • Have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Obtain equivalent work experience, other education, or training OR complete 60 (semester) college units.
  • Be 20.5 years or older to attend a POST Basic Police Academy.
  • Possess and maintain a valid class “C” California driver’s license.
  • Ensure your record is free from any felony convictions or any convictions barring you from legally possessing a firearm.
  • Be in good physical condition with weight in proportion to height. Ensure your vision and physical condition meet established POST medical standards.


  • Take and pass either the NTN or PELLETB test.
    • Obtain a PELLETB “T-score” of 42 points or higher OR a passing NTN score.
  • Take and pass the California POST physical agility test certificate, known as the Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB), with a score of 384 or higher and a 14-minute maximum time for the 1.5-mile run.


  • Apply through the City’s website and upload your PELLETB (if applicable) and WSTB test scores with your application.

Application Review:

  • Your application will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Panel Interview:

  • If you meet the minimum standards, you will be invited to a Panel Interview.

Polygraph Test:

  • Successfully pass the PHS to be scheduled for a polygraph test.

Personal History Statement (PHS):

  • If you pass the Command Interview, you’ll be contacted to submit your PHS.

Command Interview:

  • Pass the Panel Interview to be invited for an interview with the San Leandro Command Staff.

Background Investigation:

  • Upon passing the polygraph, you will undergo a background investigation.

Medical Exam and Psychological Evaluation:

  • Pass the background investigation to receive a conditional offer, then be scheduled for a medical exam and psychological evaluation.

Final Job Offer:

  • Successfully pass the medical and psychological evaluations to receive an official job offer and a hearty welcome to the City of San Leandro!


The short answer is 2 to 4 months, but several factors play a role in that time frame being shorter or longer.

For Police Recruit Trainee, you are required to have:

A POST PELLETB “T-score” of 42 higher OR a passing NTN test score sent directly to the City of San Leandro; AND A POST WSTB score of 384 or higher and a 14-minute maximum time for the 1.5-mile run, dated within one year of application.

What does the WSTB test entail?

The WSTB includes a 99-yard obstacle course, a 32 foot body drag (165 lbs.), a 6 foot chain link fence climb, a 6 foot solid wall climb, 500 yard sprint, and 1.5 mile run.

The Police Academy is roughly 6 months long (28 weeks) and Recruits will be learning about the penal code, police procedure, de-escalation techniques, arrest techniques, and various other police duties/task. Learning is both in book and scenario form.

Yes! If you get hired on with the City of San Leandro, we will pay you to learn!

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