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    Police Officer Trainee Testing Dates

    Application Period Opens: Monday, August 28, 2017
    Application Period Closes: Thursday, September 28, 2017

    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). 

    Sunday, September 17, 2017
    Santa Monica High School
    9:00 AM

    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. A written test is not administered to Police Officer Lateral.  The Santa Monica Police Department is NO LONGER accepting a T-Score Waiver.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Local Candidates
    Santa Monica Civic Auditorium - East Wing
    Times 3:00pm and 6:00pm

    Sunday, October 15, 2017 - Out of State/Out of Area Candidates
    Santa Monica Institute
    Times 8:00am

    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 

    Sunday, October 15, 2017 - Out of State / Out of Area Candidates
    Santa Monica High School
    Times 1:00pm

    Sunday, November 12, 2017 - Local Candidates
    Santa Monica High School
    Times: TBD

    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.

    Monday, October 16, 2017 - Out of State/ Out of Area Candidates 
    Public Safety Facility
    333 Olympic Dr.
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Times TBD

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - Local Candidates 
    Public Safety Facility
    333 Olympic Dr.
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Times: TBD


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