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    Lateral Hiring Process


    Education, Training and Experience:

    Graduation from high school or the equivalent.  Completion of a California P.O.S.T. approved police academy.  One year full-time, paid experience as a sworn peace officer with an organized, local government agency.  Applicants must be currently employed as a sworn peace officer in the State of California.

    Licenses and Certificates:

    Possession of a valid Class C driver license.  Must possess a regular Basic California  P.O.S.T. Certificate.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who are eligible for and have applied for U.S. citizenship.  Must obtain citizenship within three (3) years from date of application.

    Candidates invited to participate in the Police Department's testing process will participate in the following:

    1. Oral Interview

    2. Background Investigation:  Candidates will be subject to a thorough background investigation.  The investigation is used to determine a candidate's moral character and suitability for employment in law enforcement.  The investigation shall include but is not limited to, the following checks: criminal record, polygraph, driving history, credit history, military record, previous record(s); and references.

    3. Polygraph Examination

    4. Executive Interview

    5. Psychological Exam

    6. Medical Exam

    For more information on these requirements, you may contact the Personnel and Training Unit at 310-458-2203 or 310-458-8416, or visit the P.O.S.T. website.



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