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Recruit Police Officer

$8,055 - $10,287 monthly
$96,660 - $123,444 annual base salary, plus excellent benefits

This position is an entry level, non-sworn position in the Police Department. Incumbents in the position are assigned to the Basic Peace Officer Academy and must satisfactorily pass all of the requirements that lead to the possession of the Basic Peace Officer Standards and Training Certificate before becoming candidates for the sworn position of Police Officer.

Police Officer (Lateral)

$10,942 - $13,964 monthly
$131,304 - $167,568 annual base salary, plus excellent benefits 

Responsibilities of a police officer are varied and relate to keeping the peace, law enforcement, protection of people and property and the investigation of crimes. Officers are expected to respond to a variety of situations that may arise while they are on duty. Rules and guidelines dictate how an officer should respond to calls for service and behave within the community.

Start Your Career Today

The Santa Clara Police Department is actively recruiting! Whether you are new to law enforcement or a seasoned professional, we encourage you to apply now.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis and multiple Testing Phases are offered each year. The schedule for the Testing Phases are intended as follows:

2020 Hiring Phases

Phase 1 (Lateral Police Officer candidates only)

  • Application deadline:  January 6, 2020
  • Mandatory orientation:  January 18, 2020
  • Interview dates:  January 20 - 23, 2020
  • Phase 2 (Recruit and Lateral Police Officer candidates)

  • Application deadline:  March 20, 2020
  • Mandatory orientation:  April 11, 2020
  • Interview dates:  Tentatively the week of April 20 - 23, 2020
  • Phase 3 (Recruit and Lateral Police Officer candidates)

  • The Phase 3 recruitment has been cancelled. If you are interested in a career as a Police Officer, apply by October 1, 2020.  
  • Phase 4 (Recruit and Lateral Police Officer candidates)

  • Application deadline:  October 1, 2020
  • Mandatory orientation:  October 17, 2020
  • Interview dates:  October 19 - 22, 2020
  • More Information

    To speak with a member of SCPD's Recruiting Team, call (800)994-SCPD or email

    You can also find more detailed information about job openings, qualifications and benefits at Job Opportunities.


    Applications may be obtained online or in person at:

    Human Resources Department
    (West Wing, Lower Level)
    1500 Warburton Avenue
    Santa Clara, CA 95050

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