Police Officer Testing
The Salinas Police Department are seeking individuals who wish to participate
next test cycle which will be held soon!
If interested, you may request an application from the Salinas Personnel Office be
- Requesting via mail to Salinas Personnel Office 200 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
- Complete a testing notification form.
- By calling the Salinas Police Department Personnel Office at (831) 758-7235.
The following is information regarding the POLICE OFFICER position:
YOU MAY ENTER AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LEVELS:
RECRUIT (while attending the police academy). Police Recruit is a temporary, non-sworn
classification. The benefits for this position are limited to worker's compensation.
Recruit Salary is $2,361 per month until successful completion of the Police
ACADEMY GRADUATE Requires possession of a current academy completion certificate
awarded by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)
LATERAL Requires possession of a current P.O.S.T. Basic Law Enforcement certificate.
The monthly salary range for Academy Graduates and Lateral Entry is $3,591 - $4,364.
The starting pay for Lateral positions dependant upon experience. A
longevity increase is available for those officer meeting time in grade
requirements. A recently negotiated bargaining agreement calls for a 6% pay increase
over the next 18 months.
Tired of Long Commutes to work?
Tired of unattainable home prices and an outrageous cost of living?
Then consider a move to Salinas, California
Salinas is a growing, dynamic city located in the heart of the Monterey Bay Region on U.S.
Highway 101, approximately 100 miles south of San Francisco, 15 miles east of Monterey and
Carmel, 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean with easy access to Highway 1 and the magnificent
Big Sur Coastline. The climate is moderate with a year-round mean temperature of 55
degrees. Salinas is the Monterey County Seat, a major agricultural center, home to more
than 100 industrial and manufacturing facilities, and the retail and wholesale trade
center for the region.
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The Salinas Police Department has a staff of 150 sworn and 45 non-sworn personnel, and
an annual budget of $17 million. The Department is responsible for providing a full range
of crime prevention and law enforcement services to a diverse community of over 123,000
residents. The Department responds to an average of 8,500 calls for service each month,
utilizing a community oriented service approach.
Becoming a City of Salinas Police Officer represents an outstanding employment
opportunity for dedicated and career-minded women and men.
The City offers a competitive salary and excellent paid benefits.
The City of Salinas Police Department operates on a Ten Plan (Patrol has rotating
Officers dictate reports into a 24-hour word processing unit.
A variety of specialized assignments are available, including Community Relations
Unit, School Resource Officers, DARE Officers, Violence Suppression Unit, Motorcycle and
Traffic Unit and K-9 Officers.
Officers receive an additional 5% of base monthly salary while in designated special
Officers receive night shift differential.
Appointments: Prior to appointment, all candidates must successfully complete a
background investigation, medical examination, drug & alcohol screening test,
polygraph, and psychological exam. The background investigation also includes a criminal
history and credit check. The City reserves the right to use alternate testing
procedures if deemed necessary. Appointments are normally made at the first salary step.
Consideration is given for increase to the second salary step after a six month period.
Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy: Candidates offered employment must pass a pre-placement
medical exam which includes a drug and alcohol screening test, prior to final appointment.
Hiring decisions may be based upon the results of the pre-employment drug and alcohol
screening. Positive samples are retained for 90 days from the date of notification.
Applicants with a positive result must notify the City in writing prior to expiration of
the 90 days to request retention beyond the 90 day period. A copy of the City's Drug and
Alcohol Testing Policy is available upon request.
Academy Graduate and Lateral level candidates are not required to take a written
WE VALUE THE EXPERIENCE LATERAL OFFICERS BRING TO OUR DEPARTMENT AND
HIGHLY ENCOURAGE LATERAL APPLICATION.
- High School diploma or G.E.D.
- At least 21 years old at time of appointment to Police Officer.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or have applied for citizenship before application for Police
- Valid California Driver's License.
- Vision of 20/100, corrected to 20/30 in each eye and normal color acuity.
- Knowledge of:
- Basic organization and functions of a municipal law enforcement agency
- Ability to:
- Understand, interpret and apply State and local laws and regulations, departmental
policies and procedures, and other technical literature pertaining to law enforcement.
- react quickly and calmly in emergency or hazardous situations and adopt an effective
course of action.
- observe and remember facts and details of incidents.
- follow oral and written instructions.
- learn to operate fire arms safely and skillfully.
- obtain information through interview, interrogation and observation.
- write clear and accurate reports.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the
course of work.
- communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
- deal tactfully and effectively with a wide range of different individuals and
- successfully complete or have completed a P.O.S.T. certified police academy.
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills are highly desirable.
- BIENNIAL PHYSICAL:
- City-paid Biennial Physical exam (once every two years). Employees 40 and over are
eligible for a physical exam every 18 months.
- PREMIUM PAY:
- 2.5% of base salary for employees who have attained a P.O.S.T Intermediate
Certificate and are at the top step of his/her salary range. 5.0% of base salary for
employees who have attained a P.O.S.T Advanced Certificate and are at the top step of
his/her salary range.
- ANNUAL LEAVE:
- Accrued at a rate of 22 days per year for the first five years; 27 days through 10
years, with additional longevity increases.
- Twelve days per year and one floating holiday.
- HEALTH INSURANCE:
- Choice of either the City Plan or Operating Engineers. City Plan - medical, dental
and vision plan. Employee cost for coverage - Employee only $21.00, Employee + one $41.00,
Employee + Family $107.00.
- P.E.R.S 2% at 50. Medicare portion of Social Security with employee/employer paid
1.45% of gross salary.
- LONG-TERM DISABILITY:
- Private long-term disability plan for job related or non job related disability.
- DEFERRED COMPENSATION:
- Employee may elect to enroll in one of two plans.
- UNIFORM ALLOWANCE:
- $1,200 per year. New employees will receive their allotment on a monthly basis for
the first twelve months, until the following July, then a lump sum payment.
- FITNESS/WELLNESS PROGRAM:
- Physical fitness incentive program.
- BILINGUAL PAY:
- 5% of base salary for employees holding designated positions and who qualify through
THE ABOVE-LISTED BENEFITS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND DO NOT CONSTITUTE A
EXAMINATION PROCESS FOR POLICE OFFICER
Written Exam Components: Only Recruit level candidates are required to take the written
examination. The written exam will last approximately 3 hours. This standardized exam
includes sections on report writing, reading comprehension and reasoning ability. It is a
multiple choice test.
Physical Agility Exam Components: All candidates are required to take the physical agility
- 1. BODY DRAG:
- This is to simulate a drag rescue which entails running 25 feet, grabbing a sand
filled dummy weighing approximately 165 pounds, and dragging it back over the starting
line. You are permitted to make a "running start" if you so wish. The drag event
must be completed in 15 seconds or less.
- 2. WOODEN FENCE CLIMB:
- This is to test your ability to climb over solid wood fences. For this test you must
run 25 yards up to the 6 foot fence, scale the fence, and continue running another five
yards to the finish line. You may use any method you wish, without assistance, to get over
the fence. You may not use the side supports in any manner to get over the fences. The
wooden fence climb event must be completed in 13 seconds or less.
- 3. 99 YARD OBSTACLE COURSE:
- This test simulates a short-distance foot pursuit such as might occur in the parking
lot of an office complex. The test requires you make frequent changes in direction while
running as fast as possible. The proctors will point out boundaries and emphasize that the
34 inch obstacle must be vaulted by placing both hands on top of the barrier. The event
must be completed in 22 seconds or less.
- 4. CYCLONE FENCE CLIMB:
- This is to test your ability to climb over one of the most common type of fences
encountered by police officers. For this test you are to run 25 yards up to the 6 foot
fence, scale the fence, and continue running another five yards to the finish line. The
supports cannot be used to scale the fence. The event must be completed in 12 seconds or
- 5. 500 YARD RUN:
- This test simulates a long distance foot pursuit and requires that you run 500 yards.
The event must be completed in 135 seconds or less (2 1/4 minutes).
Behavioral Personnel Assessment Device (B-PAD) Exam Component:
- The B-PAD component has been discontinued!
- An Oral Board examination will be scheduled after the B-PAD Examination for those
candidates who successfully complete the B-PAD. The Oral Board examination will be
weighted at 50%
- The City reserves the right to use alternative testing procedures if deemed
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