Police Officer Trainee


This is a trainee level classification which provides transition into the position of Police Officer. A Police Officer Trainee is hired into this civilian position for the period prior to and during the time they are assigned to a Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified police academy. The police academy has an expected duration of approximately 6 months. Upon successful completion of training at an academy and upon the availability of a Police Officer position, Police Officer Trainees are sworn in and appointed to the classification of Police Officer. The Police Officer Trainee is represented by SEIU Local 1021 and benefits are limited to those of a civilian employee.

Upon appointment to Police Officer, duties may include a wide variety of law enforcement assignments such as: 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. Please see the City of Hayward’s website for a complete job description.


With over 160,000 residents, Hayward is the sixth largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is centrally located 14 miles south of Oakland, 25 miles southeast of San Francisco, and 26 miles north of San Jose. This location makes the city a transportation hub with an extensive network of freeways, bus lines, two BART stations, an Amtrak station, and the Hayward Executive Airport. According to the 2010 census, Hayward is the second most ethnically-diverse community in California, which is apparent in its rich cultural events and diverse local businesses. The family-oriented community is home to Cal State East Bay, a unique historic downtown, and some of the best weather in the bay area.


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 nine training days per year. Detectives who work investigations receive incentive pay and have a wide variety of specialty assignments such as School Resource Officer, K9, Narcotics, Detectives (officers who work investigations), Internal Affairs, Special Duty Unit (street and investigative enforcement related to gangs), Traffic (motors), and several task forces in Alameda County.


  • High school diploma or equivalent (Possession of an Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s Degree is desirable).
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C California Drivers License.


  • 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).
  • 21 years of age 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.
  • Bi-lingual applicants are encouraged to apply!


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Candidates are encouraged to apply online at: www.hayward-ca.gov or www.GovernmentJobs.com. Paper applications can be obtained by visiting the Human Resources Department.


Police Officer Trainee Monthly Salary: $5,773–$6,058

Police Officer Monthly Salary: $7,715–$9,308


Retirement: The City offers a CalPERS retirement formula, depending on individual eligibility, of either 2.5% @ 55 or 2% @ 62 for miscellaneous, and 3.0% @ 50 or 2.7% @57 for safety.

Medical: City monthly contributions for employee and eligible dependents.

Dental/Vision: Full coverage for employee and eligible dependents through Delta Dental and VSP. Monthly premium cost share as a Trainee and full City paid premium upon promotion to Police Officer.

Vacation Leave: Up to 5 weeks per year (based on years of service)

Sick Leave: 12 days per year.


Candidates must submit a completed City of Hayward job application. Applications without appropriate certifications will not be considered. The examination and selection process will include: Pre-qualifying background questionnaire via Survey Monkey to determine eligibility to advance in the process, POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) Exam* that candidates must receive a score of 46 or higher on to advance in the process; Physical Agility Test/Work sample Test Battery (WSTB)* where all components of the event must be passed in order to continue to the next phase of the process; Computer administered writing skills examination (different from the POST written examination) designed to evaluate your writing skills and abilities, Oral Panel Interview where candidates will be interviewed by a qualifications appraisal panel to determine ranking on the Police Officer Trainee Eligibility List. 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.

Examination and Selection Process Dates

Pre-Background Questionnaire Survey Monkey: TBD


Physical Agility Exam (WSTB): TBD

Written Skills Examination: TBD

Oral Panel Interviews: TBD


*If you have a PELLET B T-Score of 46 or above on the POST written examination and/or a WSTB Physical agility score of 384 or above, including completion of a 1.5 mile run, you may submit your scores in lieu of the City of Hayward’s administration of the PELLET B / WSTB testing with your online application. Please make sure to review the job announcement on GovernmentJobs.com for the most current timeline.

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).

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