Police Officer

(Academy Graduate/Participant)

Candidates must have successfully completed a California POST approved Basic Police Academy with a valid California POST Certificate; OR Currently attending a POST approved Basic Police Academy and/or has been accepted to a POST approved Basic Police Academy.

The City of Hayward is accepting application for Police Officer–Academy Graduates and Academy Participants. Police Officers at the City of Hayward perform a wide variety of law enforcement assignments including but not limited to: patrol, traffic control, criminal and juvenile investigation, and radio communication. These require operating a patrol car or motorcycle, arresting and citing violators of laws, writing reports, serving warrants, testifying in court and providing information to the public.

Those candidates who are currently participating in the Police Academy would be hired as a Police Officer Trainee. The Police Officer Trainee is hired into a civilian position for the period of time they are assigned to the police academy. Upon successful completion of training at the academy, Trainees will then be sworn in and appointed to the classification of Police Officer. Police Officer Trainee benefits are limited to those of a civilian employee.


The Hayward Police Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the city by maintaining partnerships with its diverse community, together creating safe and cohesive neighborhoods. We pledge to safeguard the lives and property of the people served, and to reduce the incidence and fear of crime. We do this by treating all people fairly and equitably; and by being ethical, honest, responsive, and professional in the services we provide. We are accountable to one another and to the community.

The Hayward Police Department is comprised of a staff of 197 sworn personnel and 124 professional staff. The Department supports a Community Policing philosophy and offers excellent promotional and special assignment opportunities. The Patrol Division currently works 3-12.5 hour days and has weekends off at least six months out of the year. Patrol Officers enjoy a minimum of 9 training days per year. Detectives who work investigations (SVU, Homicide, Gangs, Narcotics, etc.) receive incentive pay and participate in several task forces in Alameda County. Officers have a wide variety of specialty assignments to choose from, such as School Resource Officer, K9, Special Duty Unit (street enforcement related to gangs), and Traffic (motors).

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Patrols the assigned area on foot or in patrol vehicle, makes routine security checks, inspects places of possible disorder and keeps alert to discover suspect circumstances or persons.
  • Operates a patrol car, motorcycle, or other vehicle
  • Responds to radio and telephone dispatches and appears at scene or disorder or crime.
  • Resolves disputes, admonishes individuals, responds to accidents and provide emergency first aid.
  • Arrests and cites violators of laws and ordinances.
  • Investigates calls and complaints.
  • Investigates traffic accidents.
  • Prepares and documents cases; write reports; serve warrants and subpoenas; and testifies in court.
  • Writes citations.
  • Investigates conditions hazardous to life or property.
  • Coordinates crime scene control; makes initial investigations of crimes and crime scenes.
  • Assists Detectives and other investigators in crime investigation.
  • Watches for suspicious cars, curfew violators and wanted persons.
  • Operates two-way radio equipment.
  • Takes fingerprints and photographs and processes evidence
  • Assists in booking and jailing prisoners.
  • Processes and transports prisoners.
  • Directs traffic.
  • Questions suspects and witnesses.
  • Provides information, directions, other services and assistance to the public.
  • Inspects patrol cars/motorcycles, equipment and weapons to ensure proper operation.
  • Prepares for and participates in planned events; stands and directs traffic at collision scenes and demonstrations; controls crowds; and cooperates with City, State and other agencies to secure areas at special events or crime scenes.
  • Participates in special details and assignments.
  • May serve as a field training officer.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Successful completion of a California POST approved Basic Police Academy with a valid California POST Certificate within the last eighteen (18) months;
Currently attending a POST approved Basic Police Academy and/or has been accepted to a POST approved Basic Police Academy.

Education: High school diploma or equivalent. (Possession of an Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is desirable)

License: Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C California Driver’s License.

Special Qualifications:
– Free of any felony convictions.
– A citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (Government Code Para. 1031).
– Age, not less than 21 years at time of appointment.
– Vision in each eye, correctable to at least 20/30.
– Must pass a background investigation and meet all Department medical, physical and psychological standards.
– Bilingual applicants encouraged to apply.


Knowledge Of:
• Basic law enforcement terminology and concepts.
• Public relations in law enforcement.
• Techniques for dealing with people of all socio-economic levels under hostile and emergency situations.
• Safe vehicle operation.
• Principles of first aid.

Ability to:
• Learn principles, practices, procedures, terminology and operation of equipment used in law enforcement and crime prevention and investigation.
• Read and interpret laws, ordinances, regulations and Department policies.
• Analyze situations and adopt a quick, effective and reasonable course of action.
• Drive a vehicle safely.
• Write clear, concise and accurate reports.
• Understand and follow oral and written directions.
• Observe and accurately recall places, names, faces, descriptive characteristics and details of incidents.
• Perform physical tasks inherent in the work of a Police Officer.
• Be courteous but firm with the public when needed
• React quickly and calmly under emergency and stressful situations.
• Make sound decisions.
• Develop skill in the use of a firearm.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
• Perform physically demanding tasks for extended periods of time.



Candidates must submit a completed City of Hayward job application, a copy of a Basic POST Certificate or proof of Academy enrollment to be considered, and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire, which fully describe the nature of their professional experience and qualifications. Be sure to scan and attach a copy of your BASIC POST Certificate or proof of Academy enrollment to your online application. Applications submitted without all required materials will not be considered.

Based on the information provided, those best qualified may be invited to the next phase of the process, which may include a pre-background questionnaire, written examination, an oral interview, and/or practical exam.

The examination process will result in a ranked eligible register of candidates for hiring consideration by the department. Those candidates ranking highest on the eligible list will be granted a selection interview where they will be interviewed by the Personnel and Training Administrator of the Hayward Police Department. Those candidates deemed most highly qualified from the selection interview may be invited to interview with the Chief of Police. Final selection and job offer is contingent upon successful completion of a comprehensive police background investigation, including personal history, prior job performance and activities that may negatively affect job performance, as well as a medical examination and psychological examination.

Applicants will be notified electronically via Government Jobs as to their status in the selection process. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they can receive email notice from Neogov/Government Jobs and the City of Hayward.


Candidates are encouraged to apply online at www.hayward-ca.gov under the Current Vacancies tab or at www.GovernmentJobs.com. Paper applications can be obtained by visiting the Human Resources Department at Hayward City Hall located at 777 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least one (1) hour to submit your application if you are a new user to the system. Our online application system is provided by Government Jobs. If you have problems while applying online, please contact the Government Jobs Help Desk at (855) 524-5627.

The City of Hayward reserves the right to modify the selection process as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity.

The City of Hayward is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Learn more about our Police Officer Training Testing Process here.

Hayward Police Department (HPD) offers the Police Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB). HPD will accept PELLETB results from any POST-certified test
provider, including South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium (SBRPSTC). The SBRPSTC also offers the test frequently if you are unable to attend the HPD written exam session. The minimum passing T-score for HPD is 46.

For information about the PELLETB, please see the California POST link: 


HPD offers the physical agility known as the Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB). HPD will accept WSTB results from the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training
Consortium (SBRPSTC)*.

The minimum passing score for HPD is 384 and a 1.5 mile run in 14 minutes.

The WSTB includes the following components:

1. 99-yard obstacle course
2. 32-foot body drag (165 pounds)
3. Six-foot chain link fence climb
4. Six-foot solid wall climb
5. 500-yard sprint
6. 1.5 mile run

*The South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium (SBRPSTC) offers the test
frequently if you are unable to attend the HPD physical agility exam session.

HPD requires that all police officer applicants pass a computer assessment. Note – this
is not the PELLETB examination.

HPD requires that all police officer applicants pass an oral board interview.

Before you can join HPD, you are required to pass a preliminary background questionnaire administered via Survey Monkey. Once you have successfully passed the testing phases and successfully placed on an eligible list you are then required to pass a background investigation. This includes a polygraph examination, a psychological evaluation and a medical evaluation. You will also be required to
complete a background packet.

Candidates who qualify the Lateral Applicant status enjoy a modified testing process and are exempt from the Written Test (PELLETB) and Physical Agility Test (WSTB).

Click here to fill out the form to contact a recruiter.

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