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City of Berkeley • Police Employment


How to Become a City of
Berkeley Police Officer

To be considered for a Police Officer opening with the City of Berkeley, candidates must complete an on-line application when the position opens up for recruitment. 


In order to qualify for the Police Officer position with the City of Berkeley, applicants should have obtained:

By the final filing date: 

  • At least 20 ½ years of age; and
  • Have completed 60 semester or 90 quarter units of college coursework in police science, public administration, psychology or a related field.

At the time of appointment:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship;
  • Possess a current, valid California Driver’s License.
  • 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.  

Lateral candidates must have the minimum qualifications listed above in addition to the following:

  • Police Officer Lateral I: This is the academy-trained level, which is conferred upon successful completion of the California P.O.S.T. Basic Academy. Academy graduation must have been within the last three years. 
  • Police Officer Lateral II: This is the experienced level for candidates who have a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate and have successfully completed the probationary employment period with a law enforcement agency in the State of California. The employment must have been within the last three years. 


The Police Officer exam consists of the following: 

  1. Written Exam (PELLET B)
  2. Qualified Appraisal Board (Oral Exam) 
Candidates must successfully pass each exam phase in order to continue in the process. Following completion of all exam phases, successful candidates will be placed on an Employment Eligibility list which will be used by the Personnel and Training Unit of the City’s Police Department for final selection.    


The City of Berkeley’s Police Department hires Recruits and Laterals throughout the year. The selection process begins at the completion of the oral board process and may extend up to four to six months or longer. 

  1. Personnel and Training selects candidates for background check. The background will include the verification of education, employment, military (if any), 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. 
  2. Candidates selected for a background investigation will be required to submit to a voice stress analysis test as part of the background investigation.  
  3. Candidates who pass the background check will be scheduled for an interview with the Chief 
  4. Chief recommends hire and candidates will receive a Conditional Offer of Employment 
  5. Medical and Psychological exam – candidates who receives a conditional offer of employment are scheduled for medical and psychological exam
  6. After passing the medical and psychological exams, employment with the City of Berkeley will begin and the candidate will begin training at the police academy. 
 You may apply for all Police Department positions when it is open for recruitment only. You may receive an email notification when the City opens the various Police positions open for recruitment. Click here to set up the Job Alert notification. 



Applying / Testing 



For more info, contact the Police Dept / Personnel & Training Bureau at:
PHONE:  (510) 981-5977   •   EMAIL: 


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