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    Police Officer Trainee Testing Dates

     

    Application Period Opens: POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

    Police Officer Trainee Job Description

    Training and Preparation Class (TAPS)
    The TAPS class is specifically designed for those who are interested in becoming Santa Monica Police Officers. The first half of the course gives insight into the testing process, including "tips and tricks" on how to prepare and pass the oral exam. The second half of the course is a practice physical fitness qualifier (PFQ). 

    Upcoming Events: 

    • Due to on-going health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, the TAPS class will be postponed until further notice. 

    Written Examination
    The written examination will test applicants' skills in vocabulary, spelling and reading comprehension. The exam also tests the applicant's general knowledge and may have some reference to law enforcement principles. The Santa Monica Police Department is NO LONGER accepting a T-Score Waiver. 

    Upcoming Events: POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 

    Physical Fitness Qualifier
    This examination consists of four timed exercises that are designed to measure strength and endurance. The exam includes pull-ups, sit-ups, push-ups and a 1.5 mile run. Each event is scored and the minimum passing score is 282 total points. Download Scoring Sheet       

    Oral Interview
    The oral interview is the first assessment of the applicant's qualifications and verbal skills. Failure to attain a passing score on this interview will result in the applicant's disqualification from further processing. Applicants who obtain a passing score will be placed on an eligibility list, which is valid for one year, and may be selected to proceed in the process.

     

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