Reserve Police Officer


The City of Hayward invites applications for Reserve Officer.

FINAL FILING DATE:  Continuous. Reserve Officers work on a voluntary basis.  Time requirements are a minimum of 20 hours per month. 

THE DEPARTMENT: The Hayward Police Department is comprised of a staff of 197 full time and 25 Reserve sworn personnel, and 124 professional staff.  The Department supports a Community Policing philosophy and offers excellent promotional and special assignment opportunities. Reserve Officers enjoy a minimum of 9 training days per year.  

THE POSITION: Duties include 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, arresting and citing violators of laws, writing reports, serving warrants, testifying in court and providing information to the public.

Level II and Level III Reserve Officers that are interested in performing communication dispatch duties are invited to apply. Safety equipment is provided at no cost.  A three year commitment to the Reserve Bureau is desirable.

Minimum Qualifications


Experience and Certification:  Valid basic P.O.S.T Certificate, valid Level I, or valid Level II or valid Level III P.OS.T. Certificate

Education:  High school diploma or equivalent

Licenses:  Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C California Driver’s 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).
  • Not less than 21 years of age 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.  
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.  

Supplemental Information

SELECTION PROCEDURE:  Candidates must submit a completed City of Hayward job application, valid Basic P.O.S.T Certificate, or Level II Certificate, valid WSTB Physical Agility score of 384 or above, a “T” score of 50 or above, and a writing sample, to be considered.  Application packets will be screened by a qualified appraisal panel and candidates considered best qualified based on the information provided, will move forward in the examination process.

APPLICATIONS:  Applications can be obtained by calling the Reserve Bureau at (510) 293-7089. Email: mike.rippy@hayward-ca.gov

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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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