Police Officer (Recruit) Job at San Jose, Santa Clara County, California

Police Officer (Recruit)

City of San Jose , California

Job Information 



Entry Level


$40.47 - $40.47 Hourly

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


A Police Recruit is an entry level position and is someone who does not have police/peace officer experience or training within the State of California. This classification applies to police officers from other states and federal law enforcement officers who do not possess a California P.O.S.T. Academy Certificate. The San Jose Police Department does not accept the California P.O.S.T. Waiver.

Minimum Qualifications

You must meet the following qualifications. If you meet them, move on to step #1 of the Application Process

  • No prior experience or training is required
  • At least 20-1/2 years old at the time of application / Maximum age is 70 years old (mandatory retirement age)
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or have applied for citizenship
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in the U.S.
  • U.S. high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED); waived if you have earned a college degree from an accredited college within the U.S. View more information about Accredited College Credits
  • Forty (40) semester college credits or (60) quarter college credits from a U.S. accredited college or university. Police academy credits already earned are accepted as part of the education requirement. (Military Veterans with an honorable discharge can substitute four (4) years of active duty service in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard in lieu of the minimum college credit requirement - Reserve time excluded).
  • College units earned outside of the U.S. are accepted if translated and evaluated for this requirement.
  • Must have at least 20/40 corrected vision
  • No felony, domestic violence or misdemeanor assault convictions; cannot currently be on probation or parole
  • No financial accounts currently in "collections"




6087 Great Oaks Parkway

San Jose, CA 95119