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    Police Officer Trainee Testing Dates

    Application Period Opens: Monday, December 5, 2016
    Application Period Closes: Thursday, January 5, 2017

    Police Officer Trainee Job Description

    The Santa Monica Police Department is NO LONGER accepting a T-Score Waiver.

    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, December 18, 2016
    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.


    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - Local Candidates 
    Santa Monica Civic Auditorium - East Wing
    Times 1:00pm and 6:00pm


    Sunday, January 22, 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, January 22, 2017 - Out of State / Out of Area Candidates
    Santa Monica High School
    Times 1:00pm

    Sunday, February 5, 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, January 23, 2017 - Out of State/ Out of Area Candidates 
    Public Safety Facility
    333 Olympic Dr.
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Times: TBD


    Thursday, February 9, 2017 - Local Candidates 

    Public Safety Facility 
    333 Olympic Dr.
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Times: TBD

    Upcoming Testing Dates

    Application Period Opens: Monday, February 27, 2017
    Application Period Closes: Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Police Officer Trainee Job Description

    The Santa Monica Police Department is NO LONGER accepting a T-Score Waiver.

    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, March 26, 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.


    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - Local Candidates 
    Santa Monica Civic Auditorium - East Wing
    Times 1:00pm and 6:00pm


    Sunday, April 23, 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, April 23, 2017- Out of State / Out of Area Candidates
    Santa Monica High School
    Times 1:00pm

    Sunday, May 7, 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, April 24, 2017 - Out of State/ Out of Area Candidates 
    Public Safety Facility
    333 Olympic Dr.
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Times TBD


    Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - Local Candidates 
    Public Safety Facility
    333 Olympic Dr.
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Times: TBD

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