Riverside Police Department

Police Officer Entry Level

A Police Officer Entry applicant must have completed a California Basic P.O.S.T. Academy or have been employed as a full-time sworn peace officer with a State of California law enforcement agency.  Those Applicants currently enrolled in a California Basic P.O.S.T. Academy may be accepted conditionally pending a successful completion of the California Basic P.O.S.T. Academy.


  • Successful completion of a POST certified written test, which measures reading, writing, comprehension, and general aptitude. A sample written test can be located at POST website: (http://lib.post.ca.gov/Publications/poWrittenPracticeTest.pdf)
    This test is waived for lateral applicants

  • Meet minimum performance standards for physical agility.

  • Submit to an interview.

  • No felony conviction(s).

  • Submit to a fingerprint and criminal history check.

  • Must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible, and has applied for citizenship. 

  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license.

  • Minimum age of 20.5 years of age to participate in the testing process, and 21 years of age at the time of appointment.

  • Sign a notarized waiver for “Authorization to Release Information.”

  • Good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation.

  • United States high school graduate, GED, or equivalent.

  • Submit to a polygraph examination.

  • Successfully pass a Medical and Psychological examination.

If you meet the highest standards which are essential to the Riverside Police Department and are ready for an exciting career apply at (http://cityjobs.riversideca.gov/hr/).
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