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Job Opportunities

The Santa Clara Police Department is Currently Hiring

An application for any of the following positions can be obtained in person at the Human Resources Department or printed from the following link:

Employment Application (PDF) 

If you are interested in working for the Santa Clara Police Department and would like to be contacted by our Recruiting Unit, please complete the interest form.

General Police Testing Dates for Recruit and/or Lateral Officers

The Santa Clara Police Department is hiring for the position of Recruit Police Officer and Police Officer (Lateral Officers).

2012 - Phase 1
Application deadline : 01/04/2012 - Wednesday 4:00 pm
Orientation Session : 01/21/2012 - Saturday
Oral examinations : Week of 01/30/2012

2012 - Phase 2
Application deadline : 02/15/2012 - Wednesday 4:00 pm
Orientation Session : 02/27/2012 - Monday
Oral examinations : Week of 03/05/2012

2012 - Phase 3
Application deadline : 04/04/2012 - Wednesday 4:00 pm
Orientation Session : 04/21/2012 - Saturday
Oral examinations : Week of 05/01/2012 

PLEASE NOTE: Ridealongs for applicants have been temporarily suspended due to the overhelming number of requests.

To begin the application / testing process for the position of Police Officer (or Recruit Police Officer) the following must be met:

  1. You must meet the requirements as outlined within the job announcement for Recruit Police Officer or Police Officer (depending upon which is applicable to your application).
  2. You must pass the POST Public Safety Officer written examination with a “t-score” of 50 or above and attach verification of such with your City employment application. Your test must have been taken within the previous 6 months from the time of application (see instructions below for testing information).
  3. You must complete and submit a City employment application as outlined within the listed guidelines. Your application and POST t-score verification must be sent to Human Resources, at 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050 (or via fax 408-247-JOBS). 

Upon completion of these steps, you will be contacted with further details regarding your progression within the process.

Written Examination Instructions:

The South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium currently administers the POST Public Safety Officer Written Examination (as well as qualifying WSTB physical ability test) on a continual basis. The exam is administered at The Academy, at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose.  For further information regarding the testing location and availability, please visit:

Orientation Class for Police Officer Applicants
You must RSVP to attend this class. Please email . This class will be held at the Police Department. For more information, see Orientation.

Police Reserves
For more information, see Police Reserves.

Crossing Guards
Starting hourly salary: $12.28/hour. Numerous positions are available for relief/substitute crossing guards. For more information, contact Community Service Officer DeAnna Black at (408) 615-4876.

No job openings at this time.

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