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Police Officer Recruit

City of Berkeley, CA | Posted 11-10-2021

Berkeley (Law and Justice)

The City of Berkeley's Police Department is recognized as one of the most progressive and innovative law enforcement agencies in the country, and continually strives to develop programs which focus upon increased service to the community in conjunction with enhanced effectiveness in combating crime.
The City of Berkeley is seeking qualified women and men who are interested in becoming Police Officers. As a Police Officer Recruit you will attend a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified police academy to receive education and training in all aspects of law enforcement such as laws of arrest, search and seizure, crime prevention, community relations, first-aid, physical conditioning, self-defense, handling of weapons and other related duties. Upon graduation from the academy, the Police Recruit is sworn in as a Police Officer and assumes the duties of that position.
This is an entry level, temporary civil service classification without peace officer powers, rights or privileges, within the Police Department, used for classification of new recruits during their attendance at a P.O.S.T. Certified Basic Recruit Academy. Upon successful completion of the required course of study in a P.O.S.T. Basic Academy, incumbents may be accepted as a sworn Peace Officer of the State of California and a Police Officer of the Police Department. This class is distinguished from Police Officer, which is a sworn classification with peace officer authorities.
For more information on this exciting career opportunity:
Police Officer Recruit Brochure
Info Day will be held on November 9, 2021 from 5pm to 8pm at the Alameda County Sheriff's Regional Training Center in Dublin.
Equivalent to graduation from high school and completion of 60 college semester hours. Previous volunteer or paid experience in a law enforcement support area is desirable.
Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record. Must possess satisfactory hearing capabilities and visual acuity of at least 20/100 correctable to at least 20/30 in each eye, and be able to meet physical, psychological and background standards. Must be willing to work evening, night, weekend and holiday shifts. Must be able to obtain required P.O.S.T. certification and maintain firearms qualification. Must be willing to attend classes, study and participate in other Academy work outside of typical shift hours, without additional compensation beyond the basic salary range for the class. Must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship.
Knowledge and Abilities: Note: The level and scope of the knowledge and skills listed below are related to job duties as defined under Class Characteristics.
Knowledge of:
1. Basic law enforcement terminology and concepts; and
2. Techniques for dealing with people of all socio-economic levels under hostile and emergency situations.
Skill in:
1. Observing and accurately recalling places, names, descriptive characteristics and facts of incidents;
2. Remaining calm and controlling own emotions in tense situations;
3. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work;
4. Reading, interpreting and applying complex laws, procedures and policies;
5. Making rapid, sound independent judgments within legal and procedural guidelines;
6. Preparing clear and concise reports, records and other written materials; and
7. Understanding and following oral and written directions.
Ability to:
Learn the principles, practices, procedures, laws and ordinances, terminology and operation of equipment used in law enforcement and crime prevention and investigation.
Application Process: Applicants must submit the following: CITY OF BERKELEY EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION RESPONSES TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE All materials must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. Postmarks, faxes, and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Your application and supplemental questionnaire must be filled out completely. Resumes are not a substitute for a completed application.
The examination process will consist of:

  1. Review of applications for minimum qualifications for the position and to ensure all materials have been submitted.
  2. Written Examination and Performance Exam - All applicants possessing these required minimum qualifications will be invited to take the POST PELLETB written examination and the Physical Ability Test. Both tests will be administered the same day, and there are two testing dates currently scheduled: Friday, December 3, 2021; or Saturday, December 4, 2021.
    • If you have previously taken the POST PELLETB written test within one year of the closing date June 28, 2021, and received a total T-score of 48 or higher, you can attach your results to your application and you will not be required to participate in the City of Berkeley's written test.
    • If you have previously taken the POST PELLETB written exam but would like to retest with the City of Berkeley, please be sure that you have completed a one month (30 calendar days) waiting period before you are eligible to take the test again.
    Further information will be furnished and sent out to candidates invited to participate in the exam process.

Following completion of all test phases, successful candidates will have their names entered on an Employment Eligible List which will be used by the Personnel and Training Office of the City's Police Department to conduct final selection interviews.
Successful candidates who passed both the written and physical ability exam must submit a POST personal history statement (PHS) to be considered further during the hiring process. This PHS will be due by time of the Department Interview. The best qualified candidates will be contacted by the Police Department for a background investigation. The background will include the verification of education, employment, military, criminal history, civil litigation, credit history, DMV records and personal history. Personal contacts will be made with relatives, friends, neighbors, landlords, employers and other associates. Candidates selected for a background investigation will be required to submit to a voice stress analysis test as part of the background investigation process.
Upon a conditional job offer, candidates will be scheduled for medical and psychological evaluations. The medical includes pre-employment drug screening. The employment offer is contingent upon successful completion of these evaluations.


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Disclaimer: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures that test content. Components may include, but are not necessarily limited to, typing, math, reading, writing and analytical skills; problem solving ability; computer and software proficiency, or any other job-related knowledge, skill, ability or qualification. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

The City reserves the right to modify the examination process and is subject to change at any time. Please check this bulletin throughout the course of your application process.

Only a limited number of the best qualified applicants will be invited to move forward in the process. Applicants passing all examination phases will have their names placed on an employment eligible list that hiring department(s) will use to conduct final selection interviews. Hiring Department(s) will contact applicants directly if selected to participate in their hiring/selection process.

Important: Applications with "See Resume", “See Attachment”, “See Previous”, or any variation of the aforementioned as a substitution for articulating details of the work experience and/or unclear past employment information will not be considered. The application for employment and supplemental questionnaire must be submitted in full to be considered for this position.
Exam Access Accommodation: In compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, the City of Berkeley will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability. The City is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the examination process and in the work environment. Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations in the examination process must do so no later than the final filing date for receipt of applications, otherwise it may not be possible to arrange accommodations for the selection process. Such requests should be addressed to Department of Human Resources, 2180 Milvia Street, 1st Floor, Berkeley CA 94704, Phone: (510) 981-6800,
Alternative Application Formats: This application material is available in alternative formats upon request. Alternative formats include audio-format, braille, large print, electronic text, etc. Please contact the ADA Coordinator, 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley | Phone: (510) 981-6300 | TTY: (510) 981-6347| and allow 7-10 days for production of the material in an alternative format.
Retirement: The City of Berkeley contracts with the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS). Based on your retirement formula, you may be enrolled as a (i) Classic Member, 2.7% at age 55 and employee contribution rate of 8% or (ii) “New Member”, 2% at age 62 and employee contribution of 15.25%. CalPERS will determine your contribution level. For more information, visit For details regarding the City's employee benefit offerings, please visit
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