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Police Officer

A police officer for the City of Carlsbad receives an excellent salary and benefits package.  Patrol officers work 3 day/12 hour schedules out of a modern police facility with the latest technological equipment.  An on-site physical fitness center is available for all employees. The City of Carlsbad offers employees education incentive pay, an unsurpassed college reimbursement program, and the opportunity to serve in a supportive community.

Special assignments are available in some of the following areas after completing a one year probation period, with three years patrol experience in California:

  • SWAT
  • Field evidence technician
  • Crisis negotiation team
  • Police K9
  • Motorcycle traffic enforcement
  • Regional task forces
  • Investigations
  • Vice narcotics
  • School resource officer
  • Accident investigator

In order to become a recruit, a candidate must successfully complete the background and application process.  After completion of the process, a recruit will attend a California Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) approved basic academy.  A recruit receives salary and benefits during the academy.  Upon completion of the academy, the recruit will become a sworn officer and will be assigned to a field training officer at the Police Department.  Following the successful completion of several phases of field training, the new officer will be assigned to work a shift on their own.

Requirements
  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
  • At least 21 years of age at time of appointment
  • 20/100 uncorrected in both eyes corrected to 20/20
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship
  • Free of any felony convictions and most misdemeanor convictions

The California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) has extensive information on selection standards for police officers, including exams and assessments, job postings, and recruitment and retention.   City of Carlsbad Police Department recommends that potential candidates take the time to review this site. 

Hiring process

If a candidate meets the minimum requirements, they may be considered for employment upon completion of the following:

  • Written examination
  • Oral interview
  • Physical agility test
  • Background investigation including:
    • Polygraph
    • Criminal history
    • Credit check
    • Driving history
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Medical examination  

All applicants are required to complete a Personal History Statement at the onset of the background process.

In some cases, the City of Carlsbad Police Department may hire an individual who has put themselves through a POST approved basic academy.  After successful completion of the background and application process, the academy graduate will become a sworn officer and will be assigned to a field training officer at the Police Department.  Following the successful completion of several phases of field training, the new officer will be assigned to work a shift on their own.

Requirements
  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
  • At least 21 years of age at time of appointment
  • 20/100 uncorrected in both eyes corrected to 20/20
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship
  • Free of any felony convictions and most misdemeanor convictions

The California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) has extensive information on selection standards for police officers, including exams and assessments, job postings, and recruitment and retention.  City of Carlsbad Police Department recommends that potential candidates take the time to review this site. 

Hiring Process

If a candidate meets the minimum requirements, they may be considered for employment upon completion of the following:

  • Written examination
  • Oral interview
  • Physical agility test
  • Background investigation including:
    • Polygraph
    • Criminal history
    • Credit check
    • Driving history
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Medical examination

All academy graduates are required to complete a Personal History Statement at the onset of the background process.

Lateral applicants must possess a California POST Basic Certificate and have completed a POST-approved Field Training Program. Lateral applicants not currently employed with a law enforcement agency must have worked for a California police department within the last three years or must successfully complete the POST recertification course prior to employment.

Lateral applicants from outside the state of California must complete the California POST Basic Course Waiver Process prior to employment.

Requirements
  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
  • At least 21 years of age at time of appointment
  • 20/100 uncorrected in both eyes corrected to 20/20
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship
  • Free of any felony convictions and most misdemeanor convictions

The California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) has extensive information on selection standards for police officers.  City of Carlsbad Police Department recommends that lateral applicants take the time to review this site. 

Hiring process

If a candidate meets the minimum requirements, they may be considered for employment upon completion of the following:

  • Oral interview
  • Physical agility test
  • Background investigation including:
    • Polygraph
    • Criminal history
    • Credit check
    • Driving history
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Medical examination

All lateral applicants are required to complete a Personal History Statement at the onset of the background process.

Contact Information

Emergencies call 9-1-1 
24-hours, non-emergencies call
760-931-2197

Police Department
police@carlsbadca.gov
760-931-2100 business line
760-931-2178 recruiting

Police phone directory

2560 Orion Way
Carlsbad, CA 92010
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General Information

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Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.