Police Recruit Job at Woodland, Yolo County, California

Police Recruit

City of Woodland , California

Job Information 



Entry Level


$5,631.12 - $5,631.12 Monthly

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


To perform law enforcement and crime prevention work and to do related work as required.  The purpose of this recruitment is to fill current vacancies and establish an eligibility list for future vacancies.


The Woodland Police Department is staffed with 68 sworn officers and 21 support employees. It, too, is expected to expand in size as the City grows. The Department is managed by a Chief of Police, a Deputy Chief, three Lieutenants, ten Sergeants, and a Police Records Supervisor. The Department has three Bureaus; Patrol, Investigations, and Community Relations. Police Officers are assigned to all Bureaus where they work in various capacities and teams.   Within the Bureaus are many specialty units including K-9, Traffic/Motors, School Resource Officers, Street Response Team, Narcotics Agent, Detectives, and Homeless Outreach Street Team.  There are a number of collateral duties available to officers to include SWAT, Crisis Negotiations Team, Field Training Officer, Honor Guard, Arrest & Control Instructors, Firearms Instructors, Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T) instructors, Social Media Team and Bicycle Patrol. The Woodland Police Department prides itself in being a service-orientated agency using a Community Oriented Policing model and Intelligence Led Policing (ILP) strategy. The Woodland Police Department welcomes and practices constant community engagement, outreach, and activism. The City's Police Activities League (PAL) was formed and is led by Woodland Police personnel who place an emphasis on providing accessible and healthy activities for the city's youth.


Woodland is a city of approximately 60,000 residents. Incorporated in 1871, Woodland is conveniently located on I-5 just 12 miles northwest of Sacramento and 9 miles north of U.C. Davis. Woodland’s primary business is agriculture and light industrial, including distribution centers for Target, True Value, and Walgreen’s. Woodland has a community college, 2 senior high schools, 2 junior high schools and 12 elementary schools in the public school district, supplemented by five private schools, grades K through 12. The area offers various recreation possibilities: water skiing and boating on the Sacramento River, Lake Berryessa and Lake Folsom; skiing in the Sierras, hunting and fishing; five golf courses; and many other youth and adult oriented recreations.


As a Police Officer Recruit, the Recruit will attend a Peace Officer Standards and training (P.O.S.T), a certified basic academy during regular academy hours and any other scheduled departmental and academy exercise activities.  Successful completion of the academy is required to continue employment and be promoted to a Police Officer.  General Supervision will be provided from executive level Police Department personnel, both sworn and civilian, and P.O.S.T. Academy staff.  No direct supervision of staff is exercised. 


Education:  Equivalent to graduation from an accredited U.S. high school; passing score on the General Education Development (GED) test; or possession of a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience:  Not required but desired.

License or Certificate:  Possession of a valid California Class C driver license with an acceptable driving record.

Environment:  The candidate will train in a high-stress police-training academy; indoor classrooms and outdoor physical agility course; exposure to noise, smoke, and inclement

Physical:  Physical health, strength, stature and agility to meet physical demands of police work as determined by an agility test and a pre-employment physical exam.

Vision:  See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Age:  Must be 21 years of age upon completion of academy.

Citizenship:  Must be a U.S. citizen, or have permanent resident alien status and applied for citizenship at time of appointment to position of Police Officer.


Applicants for the Police Officer Recruit position must pass the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) with a minimum T-Score of 45 and must pass all components of the Physical Agility Test-Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) with a minimum score of 320.

  • If taken within the past 12 months, applicants may submit evidence of a P.O.S.T. Certified PELLETB test score with a score equal or greater than a T-45 with the application to be considered for this recruitment.
  • Woodland Police Department will not accept previously received Physical Agility Test-Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) scores. Applicants will be required to participate in this recruitment’s WSTB event.

Test Details:

1) Written Test - POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) - This test must be completed in less than 2.5 hours, and it must be passed with a minimum T-Score of 45.  The areas covered by the test include:

  • Spelling - Select the correct spelling of a word from a list of options
  • Vocabulary - Select the correct meaning of a word from a list of options
  • Clarity - Select the sentence that is most clearly written from a pair of options
  • Reading - Read a passage and answer questions about the passage's content
  • CLOZE - Use contextual clues to complete a passage that contains missing words

2) Physical Agility Test - Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) - This test consists of five individually timed and weighted events, and the minimum passing score is 320 (Important – POST Academies may require a higher standard). The events include:

  • 99-yard obstacle course with sharp turns and up to 34-inch high obstacles
  • 165-pound body drag for 32-feet
  • 6-foot chain link fence climb
  • 6-foot solid wall climb
  • 500-yard run

Test Date:

Woodland Police Department will offer WSTB test on an ongoing basisWoodland Police Department will refer candidates to a testing center for the PELLET-B.

Eligible List Placement: 

Applicants for this position must take and pass the Physical Agility - Work Sample Test Battery (pass/fail), and the POST Entry-level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) with a minimum T-score of 45 (weight: 100%).  Those applicants who pass both the PELLETB and Physical Agility test (WSTB) will be invited to participate in a panel interview.  Applicants who successfully pass the panel interview will be placed on an eligibility list and may be selected to participate in a final interview with the Chief of Police.


Apply utilizing the CalOpps website: https://www.calopps.org/default.cfm . Supplemental questionnaire must be submitted with application to be considered.  Résumés and cover letters are encouraged but will not be accepted in lieu of the application form.  Postmarks will not be accepted.  

Review / Selection Process:  All applications, supplemental questionnaires, resumes, and assessment exam score documents will be reviewed for accuracy, completion, relevant education, experience, training and other job related qualifications. Those best meeting the stated qualifications and requirements for the position will be invited to participate in the testing process, which will consist of a written exam (PELLETB) and a physical agility test (WSTB).  Those candidates who pass both the written and physical agility tests will be invited to participate in a panel interview. Candidates successful in the testing process will be placed on the eligibility list. Candidates selected to continue in the process must successfully complete the following:

•An interview with members of the Command Staff

•Personal history background check

• Fingerprint examination with no felony or domestic violence convictions

• Pre-employment psychological testing and medical examination  

If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify Human Resources at least seven (7) days prior to the event.

The City will also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class.  The background check will include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks, Social Security number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history.  Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointment authority in the selection process.  In obtaining such information, the City will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.

Employees hired into this position shall refrain from the use of all tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco products) during the term of their employment with the City of Woodland.

The City of Woodland hires only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.
The City of Woodland is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Ideal Candidate


The City of Woodland Police Department is looking for individuals whom are diversity and equity-minded, value community engagement, and are intrinsically motivated to serve the public as a Police Officer.  The Ideal Candidate is:

  • Of good moral character
  • Able to make sound decisions
  • An excellent communicator and capable of resolving conflict
  • Able to work, make decisions, and prioritize in stressful situations
  • Read, interpret, and apply laws and policies to make sound decisions
  • Free of any felony convictions



Salary (Current):                 
$5,631.12 per month

Public Employees' Retirement System using the 2.7% at 57 formula.  Current members of CalPERS may be eligible for the 3% at 55 formula. The City does not participate in social security

Deferred Comp:                   
Choice of deferred compensation plans

Medical:                                |
CalPERS Medical Insurance Plans, including HMOs & PPO.  City provides an allowance toward the cost of insurance.  Maximum Family Allowance for 2019 is $2,097.20 per month

City paid Delta Dental and Medical Eye Services

Wage protection for long term disabilities

Life Insurance:                   
City provides $50,000 life insurance policy

Supplemental Benefits:      
Voluntary supplemental Life, Cancer, Accident Only, and Critical Illness insurances, and Flexible Spending Accounts available

6.7 hours per month for the first three years

Sick Leave:                          
8 hours per month,  unlimited accumulation.

8.3 hours per month of vacation leave in lieu of holiday time off

Bilingual Pay:                      
$200 per month for employees upon certification

Uniform Allowances:         Newly appointed police officers are provided body armor, uniforms, rain gear, and duty equipment.

Certificate Pay:   Eligible officers may received additional salary based on possession of certificates issued by Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) Agency (2.5% increase for an intermediate certificate, 4% for an advanced certificate, and 2.5% increase for a Bachelors Degree).

Special Instructions

Supplemental questionnaire must be submitted with application by the final filing date to be considered. 

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300 1st St

Woodland, CA 95695