Job Details

Police Officer Recruit

Company name
Berkeley Unified School District

Berkeley, CA, United States

Employment Type

Bluecollar, Law Enforcement, Government

Posted on
Oct 12, 2021

Valid Through
Jan 25, 2022


The City of Berkeley's Police Department is recognized as one of the most progressive and innovative law enforcement agencies in the country, and continually strives to develop programs which focus upon increased service to the community in conjunction with enhanced effectiveness in combating crime.

The City of Berkeley is seeking qualified women and men who are interested in becoming Police Officers. As a Police Officer Recruit you will attend a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified police academy to receive education and training in all aspects of law enforcement such as laws of arrest, search and seizure, crime prevention, community relations, first-aid, physical conditioning, self-defense, handling of weapons and other related duties. Upon graduation from the academy, the Police Recruit is sworn in as a Police Officer and assumes the duties of that position.


This is an entry level, temporary civil service classification without peace officer powers, rights or privileges, within the Police Department, used for classification of new recruits during their attendance at a P.O.S.T. Certified Basic Recruit Academy. Upon successful completion of the required course of study in a P.O.S.T. Basic Academy, incumbents may be accepted as a sworn Peace Officer of the State of California and a Police Officer of the Police Department. This class is distinguished from Police Officer, which is a sworn classification with peace officer authorities.

For more information on this exciting career opportunity:

Police Officer Recruit Brochure

Info Day will be held on November 9, 2021 from 5pm to 8pm at the Alameda County Sheriff's Regional Training Center in Dublin.  

Required Qualifications:


Equivalent to graduation from high school and completion of 60 college semester hours. Previous volunteer or paid experience in a law enforcement support area is desirable.


Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record. 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. Must be willing to work evening, night, weekend and holiday shifts. Must be able to obtain required P.O.S.T. certification and maintain firearms qualification. Must be willing to attend classes, study and participate in other Academy work outside of typical shift hours, without additional compensation beyond the basic salary range for the class. Must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship.

Knowledge and Abilities:

Note: The level and scope of the knowledge and skills listed below are related to job duties as defined under Class Characteristics.

Knowledge of:

1. Basic law enforcement terminology and concepts; and

2. Techniques for dealing with people of all socio-economic levels under hostile and emergency situations.

Skill in:

1. Observing and accurately recalling places, names, descriptive characteristics and facts of incidents;

2. Remaining calm and controlling own emotions in tense situations;

3. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work;

4. Reading, interpreting and applying complex laws, procedures and policies;

5. Making rapid, sound independent judgments within legal and procedural guidelines;

6. Preparing clear and concise reports, records and other written materials; and

7. Understanding and following oral and written directions.

Ability to:

Learn the principles, practices, procedures, laws and ordinances, terminology and operation of equipment used in law enforcement and crime prevention and investigation.

Company info

Berkeley Unified School District
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