SLPD Roadmap for Entry-Level Recruits

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.

Command Interview:

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

Personal History Statement (PHS):

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

Polygraph Test:

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

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!

Remember to refer to the official San Leandro Police Department recruitment webpage and the California POST website for the most accurate and updated information throughout this process.

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