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    Personnel and Training Unit

    Personnel and Training is an administrative unit under the umbrella of the Professional Standards Section.  It is comprised of a Lieutenant, Sergeant, two (2) sworn Background Investigators, (1) sworn Policy Officer, (1) Range Master, (5) Civilian as-needed Background Investigators and an Administrative Assistant.

    The Personnel and Training Unit is responsible for the hiring and training of police department personnel. Each year hundreds of applicants are processed through a rigorous series of tests to become Police Officers and Civilian support staff. Phases of the testing process may include a written exam, an oral exam, physical agility test, Chief of Police oral exam, background investigation, polygraph examination, and psychological and medical examinations. The Santa Monica Police Department has a reputation of accepting only the finest applicants for employment.

    In addition, Personnel and Training is responsible for maintaining the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) requirements for the Department. We provide our personnel with training in policy and procedures, legal updates, and officer safety information, as well as current trends in the law enforcement profession.

    The Department's weapons training and equipment falls within the purview of the Personnel and Training Unit. The Range Master is responsible for procuring new equipment, distributing it to the appropriate personnel, and providing any training required to operate the equipment safely and effectively.

    The Santa Monica Police Department hosts several recruitment events throughout the year to provide interested candidates with more information about careers in law enforcement as well as an opportunity to meet some of our officers. Testing dates are also scheduled throughout the year for those candidates who fulfill all requirements of the initial application review. 
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    Contact the Personnel and Training Unit 
    Officer Brandon Avila
    (310) 458-8416

    Officer Suzie Wessels

    Send Correspondence:
    Santa Monica Police Department
    Attn: Personnel & Training
    333 Olympic Drive
    Santa Monica, CA 90401



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