Police Officer Trainee



Police Officer Trainees may be eligible to receive a hiring bonus of up to $10,000 disbursed in four equal phases: the first phase upon successful completion of the testing process and acceptance of a final offer of employment, and the last phase two years after completion of the probationary period as a Police Officer. 

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


Police Officer Trainee:   $6,347 – $6,659 monthly
Police Officer:  $8,469 – $10,219 monthly

This recruitment is open to those individuals with no prior law enforcement experience and have not received POST certified police academy training.   If you are a POST certified academy graduate, please apply to the recruitment titled Police Officer (Academy Graduate or Participant).

THE POSITION:  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.

For more information about The Hayward Police Department, please visit www.joinhaywardpd.com. 

Essential Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Attends a basic POST certified police academy designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system including knowledge of laws, police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid and physical fitness.

Receives training to develop an awareness of Police Department functions, as well as the responsibilities of Police Officers and how those responsibilities relate to field operations.

Receives academy and field training to become a Police Officer.


Ability to:

  • Successfully complete academy requirements.
  • Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents and places.
  • Think and act quickly in emergencies, and to judge situations and people accurately.
  • Understand and interpret laws and regulations.
  • Prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports.
  • Become proficient in self-defense techniques.
  • Become proficient in the care and use of firearms.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Deal courteously and effectively with the general public.

Minimum Qualifications


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: None.

Education: High school diploma or equivalent.

Licenses: 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.
  • Must meet all Department medical, physical and psychological standards.
  • Bi-lingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Supplemental Information

Until successful completion of a POST basic academy and assumes the position of Police Officer.


COVID POLICY: The City of Hayward has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all new employees issued formal offers of employment on or after February 1, 2022. Under this policy, proof of full vaccination is required as a condition of initial and continued employment with the City unless the employee has applied for an exemption and is awaiting the City’s response or has been granted an exemption, or unless stricter State or Federal legal requirements apply.  If offered employment, you will receive instructions regarding how to provide verification of vaccination or how to apply for an exemption, which will be required prior to your start date.  You may read the full policy here: COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Mandate (Download PDF reader) 

Candidates must submit a completed City of Hayward job application. 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 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.

The examination process will result in a ranked eligible register of candidates for hiring consideration by the department.  Actual hire depends on success in the departmental selection process.

Applicants will be notified electronically via GovernmentJobs.com 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 contacting the Human Resources Department at (510) 583-4500.  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 on-line application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have problems while applying online, please contact the NeoGov Help Desk at (877) 204-4442. 
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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