City of Carlsbad, CA - Carlsbad, CA

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Application Process
The Police Officer Recruit test announcement will open May 9, 2013 and remain open until 250 applications are received or until June 7, 2013, whichever occurs first, after which the test announcement will be expired.

Selection Process
Oral Panel Appraisal Interview: Appraisal of general experience, education, judgment, problem solving ability and communication skills. Those candidates who are categorized as “Highly Qualified” will continue in the selection process. Physical Agility Test: California POST compliant physical agility test. Background Appraisal Interview: Completion and review of detailed Personal History Statement. Candidates meeting the basic criteria will continue with a background investigation. Comprehensive Background Investigation: A detailed investigation of the candidate’s personal history and suitability for employment as a law enforcement officer based on the job dimensions identified by POST. This investigation includes a lie detection polygraph screening. Captains’ Interview: Personal interviews with the Captain of Field Operations and the Captain of Support Operations.
Final Steps: Psychological and medical evaluations before hire are required. The Chief of Police may select/appoint any individual who has successfully completed the process. Appointments are probationary for one year.

Recruitment Timeline
Closing Date: June 7, 2013 @12:00 noon
Written Test: June 17, 2013 (Time TBA)
Panel Interviews: Week of July 8
Physical Agility Date: July 11 (Time TBA)

Under immediate supervision, attends the Regional Law Enforcement Academy and participates in departmental training and orientation programs to prepare for a professional law enforcement career. This is a non-sworn, civilian police officer trainee class designed only to employ Police Officer candidates during the initial, formalized, basic police officer training. Police Recruit is distinguished from the next higher class, Police Officer, in that recruits are not assigned any active law enforcement duties and do not have police officer powers. Upon successful completion of training, recruits are appointed and sworn-in as Police Officers.

Key Responsibilities:

Attends the Regional Law Enforcement Academy, certified by the California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.), to obtain a comprehensive overview of the criminal justice system and specialized training in various laws, law enforcement techniques, practices end procedures, and first aid.

Attends classroom lectures.

Observes demonstrations on arrest and control methods and the care and use of firearms.

Participates in physical conditioning and self-defense exercises.

Practices the use of firearms.

Takes examinations.

Participates in orientation programs under direction supervision to develop an awareness of the duties, activities and responsibilities of a Police Officer.


Ability to:

Observe, learn understand and interpret various laws, police practices and procedures.

Analyze problems and have the potential to rationally and calmly take appropriate action in and stressful situations.

Undergo strenuous physical conditioning.

Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports in English.

Compute basic arithmetic problems.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Understand and carry out oral and written directions.

Experience & Education:
  • In possession of and maintain a State of California Class C driver’s license, or have the ability to get one prior to appointment.
  • Not less than 21 years old at the time of appointment.
  • High school graduate or have passed GED test. Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these abilities would be graduation from high school or equivalent.