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    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:

    Sunday, September 12, 2021  
    9:00 AM  -  Santa Monica College  

    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:  

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021  - Local Candidates  
    1:30 PM, 3:30 PM & 5:30 PM  -  YMCA
    Saturday, October 16, 2021  - Local Candidates  
    9:00 AM & 11:00 AM -  YMCA
    Sunday, October 17, 2021  - Out of State/ Out of Area Candidates  
    9:00 AM -  Santa Monica Institute (SMI)

    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       

    Upcoming Events:  

    Sunday, October 17, 2021  - Out of State/ Out of Area Candidates  
    1:00 PM  -  Santa Monica College 
    Sunday, October 24, 2021- Local Candidates  
    TBD -  Santa Monica College 

    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.

    Upcoming Events:  

    Monday, October 18, 2021  - Out of State/ Out of Area Candidates  
    Public Safety Facility - Morning schedule; To be concluded by 12 Noon
    Thursday, October 28, 2021  - Local Candidates  
    TBD - Public Safety Facility 



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