City of Berkeley • Police Employment


Police Aide

This position is intended for college students who are interested in exploring a career in Law Enforcement. It provides part-time work experience and related training in various divisions of the Berkeley Police Department. Police Aides participate in a ride-along program with officers on patrol. All Police Aides must maintain satisfactory academic standing (C average or better) at an accredited college during employment. A maximum of 19 hours per week will be scheduled around an academic program. Employment as a Police Aide is limited to a maximum of four (4) years.


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university carrying a minimum of 6 semester or 9 quarter units;
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident with application for citizenship filed at least one year before employment application;
  • Possess a valid Class C California Driver’s license with satisfactory driving record;
  • Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D.;
  • Maintain a C or better grade point average;
  • Possess integrity, reliability, courtesy, good judgment, initiative, alertness and emotional maturity;
  • Have the ability and willingness to follow directions;
  • Be willing to work days, holidays, weekends, and irregular hours in conjunction with school schedule (19 hours or less.)

SELECTION PROCESS: Candidates must successfully complete a written exam to be placed on an eligibility list. As vacancies occur, the Police Department will review the applications and schedule interviews with selected candidates. Selected candidates must cooperate with and pass a background investigation.

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