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We recommend you follow your passion. When you pick your degree, and you’re likely to find a correlation to law enforcement. Just to give you an example, some of our officers have degrees in communication, psychology, public administration, sociology, business, criminal justice, accounting, digital forensics, law, etc.
Recruiters are looking for well-rounded individuals from diverse backgrounds. Be deliberate in what jobs you choose and ensure they include a team atmosphere, service to the community, problem solving, and communication.
Everyone should start the hiring process with a ride along. Come meet the team you could potentially be working alongside! In addition, ensure you have enough college credits to apply. We require the equivalent to completion of an associate's degree from an accredited college. Lastly, be sure you’ve completed the PELLETB and WSTB exams. Additional requirements are listed in the application.
Yes. Please visit our Ride Along Program website for further details.
We require you to complete the PELLETB and WSTB prior to applying for the position.
The POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) measures skills that are associated with successful performance as a California peace officer. Because the PELLETB is an aptitude test, the skills measured are acquired gradually over a long period of time (usually years). There is no quick or easy way to improve these skills in preparation for the exam. The only way to predictably improve scores on an aptitude test is through extensive learning and practice (e.g., coursework, training).
The POST Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) measures your fitness level to perform the duties of a peace officer. The examination includes a 99-yard obstacle course, 32-foot body drag, fence climbing, 500-yard spring, and 1.5 mile run.
Yes. The preferred PELLETB T-Score is 52 or higher and a passing score for the WSTB physical agility examination.
The preferred PELLETB T-Score is 52 or higher and a passing score for the WSTB physical agility examination.
Yes. The preferred score would be in the 90th percentile and a passing score for the WSTB physical agility examination.
The minimum age is 21 years of age per Government Code 1031.4. There is no maximum age.
Our minimum education standard is the equivalent to completion of an associate's degree from an accredited college.
No. If you don’t live in San Mateo, you should consider it. The city of San Mateo is a great place to live, work, and play. We also have a great school system if you are raising children.
Effective January 1, 2023, peace officers must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law. There are no specific citizenship requirements per Senate Bill 2. California Government Code Section 1031(h) limits employment authorization documents to those consistent with Section 274a.2 of Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Specific documentation requirements can be found on the I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification form issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Government Code section 1031(g) permits departments to adopt additional and/or higher standards.
If you meet the minimum requirements, visit our recruiting page for current job openings.
We currently have a handful of vacancies. This is a great time to apply!
Although we do not have a preferential hiring program, several veterans work for the City of San Mateo and are thriving in their duties.