Candidates for police officer can look forward to a challenging and rewarding career with our agency. Our approach is to have all officers participate in decision-making and problem solving in the community. We emphasize a strong sense of ethics and integrity while using the Community Oriented Policing philosophy as a guide. We also strongly encourage officers to develop their own areas of expertise and endeavor to provide training and equipment to meet those interests.
Our selection process uses Assessment Center-type of testing that seeks to identify many of the skills you will be applying on the street. This includes problem-solving scenarios with actors as well as demonstrating other applicable skills (i.e. computer proficiency).
Our process is thought to be more streamlined than other agencies while selecting candidates that meet our needs and the needs of our community.
We accept applications on an on-going basis and conduct a selection process on at least a semi-annual basis. Visit the Human Resources section of the city’s website to download an application or call Human Resources at 805-933-4201, ext. 207.
Candidates are also encouraged to do a Ride-Along to see our operations up close while getting your questions answered. If interested, talk to the on-duty Watch Commander at 805-525-4474.
Reserve Police Officers
We have a very active Reserve Police Officer Unit and encourage those officers to take on many of the same duties a police officer does. In addition to carrying out regular patrol duties, we have Reserve Officers in our Bike Unit, on the Special Response Team, and carrying out many specialty assignments.
Applications are ongoing and can be made in the same way as Police Officers.