City of Riverside Police Department
Police Officer Entry & Lateral
$6,489 /mo. - $9,834/mo.
- Accident Investigation
- Bicycle Patrol
- Gang Task Force
- Problem Oriented Policing (POP)
- School Resource Officer (SRO)
- Personnel & Training
- Youth Court
- Range Master
- Multi-Agency Probation & Parole team
Additional Incentives Include
- 3% Bilingual Pay
- 3% Motor Pay & 1.5% Collateral SWAT, Sniper, Hostage Negotiator pay
- 3% Full-Time SWAT pay
- 10% Intermediate POST pay & 15% Advanced POST pay
- Shift Differential Pay (Off probation with 5 years experience: $288/mo. for Swings and $384/mo. for Graveyard)
We serve with empathy and impartiality.
All police officers work four ten-hour days.
Applications will only be accepted online. Questions concerning the application submissions will be addressed by the City of Riverside Human Resources Department. The City of Riverside Human Resources Department is located at 3900 Main St, Riverside California 92501. The 24-hour job line number for Human Resources Department is (951) 826-5808.
The Riverside Police Department is dedicated to hiring only those individuals who meet the highest of professional standards with a commitment to serving all members of their community with sensitivity, empathy, and impartiality. The City of Riverside encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.
Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis. The areas below maybe a concern and can impact your viability.
- Three (3) or more moving violations within the last 4 years.
- Two (2) or more documented at fault collisions within the last 4 years.
- DUI convictions within the last 4 years.
- Failure to maintain vehicle liability insurance within the last 3 years.
- Maximum of two (2) traffic diversion schools in last 4 years.
- History of failing to appear in court and /or failing to pay fines.
- License suspension or revocation within the last 4 years.
- Currently on court probation.
- Failure to register for Selective Service System (males) .
- Convicted of misdemeanor Domestic Violence, including a lesser plea in lieu of, or fall under provisions of 12021.1 PC .
- Failure to submit required documents in timely manner.
- Failed drug test.
- Inability to perform essential job functions.
Drug Use Disqualifications
|Controlled Substances||Must Not Have Possesed Or Used In The Past:|
|Marijuana Or Derivative||3 Years|
|Cocaine Or Derivative||5 Years|
|Illegal Use Of Any Prescribed/Non Prescribed Controlled Substance||5 Years|
|Anabolic Steriods||5 Years|
|Organic Or Inorganic Hallucinogens To Include LSD, PCP, XTC, And Other Designer Drugs||7 Years|
|Manufactures, Cultivated, Transported, Brokered, Sold Controlled Subtances||0 Instances|
|Injection Of Any Controlled Substance;
Injection of steriods will be considered on a case-by-case basis
See the following for information on applying for officer, cadet, or dispatch positions.
Police Officer Trainee
Those applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications for Lateral / Entry Police Officer may be hired as Police Officer Trainee until successful completion of a California Basic P.O.S.T. Academy. A Police Officer Trainee is an applicant with no prior law enforcement training.
Police Officer Entry
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.
Police Officer Lateral
A Police Officer Lateral applicant must have completed a California Basic P.O.S.T. Academy and must currently be employed as a Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff or related Law Enforcement Officer with a State of California law enforcement agency.
Physical Agility Test
See a video on the physical agility test.
Under close general supervision, Police Cadets perform routine clerical and para-technical work associated with the various functions of the Police Department. This is a work training program for college students interested in a law enforcement career. Cadets may remain in the program until age 23 or until completion of their Bachelor's degree with Departmental approval.
Minimum of 18 years of age with a maximum age of 23.
High school graduation or satisfactory equivalent and enrollment in a minimum of six (6) semester units in an accredited college or university with major coursework in Police Science, Administration of Justice or a closely related field.
Must maintain a minimum “C” or better average in the minimum (6) semester units
Must possess at the time of appointment a valid California Drivers License appropriate for the position.
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/.
Public Safety Dispatcher Trainee
The Public Safety Dispatcher Trainee serves as the primary link between the public and the emergency services for police, fire and medical aid. Dispatchers are expected to receive emergency and non-emergency calls from the public for the Police and Fire departments, as well as emergency calls for other City departments. Each call is evaluated and the appropriate response of city personnel and equipment is initiated. Dispatchers must maintain contact with field units and accurately record their status. Evaluations and decisions are frequently made on an independent basis with after-the-fact supervisory review. Most work is accomplished using a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. Responsibilities also include using the NCIC/CJIS systems, maintaining written radio logs or other records, and related duties as assigned. The public safety dispatcher trainee is expected to complete the training program in 9-12 months and consistently demonstrate the skills learned prior to completing probation.
Public Safety Dispatcher Lateral
The Public Safety Dispatcher serves as the primary link between the public and the emergency services for police, fire and medical aid. Dispatchers are expected to receive emergency and non-emergency calls from the public for the Police and Fire departments, as well as emergency calls for other City departments. Each call is evaluated and the appropriate response of city personnel and equipment is initiated. Dispatchers must maintain contact with field units and accurately record their status. Evaluations and decisions are frequently made on an independent basis with after-the-fact supervisory review. Most work is accomplished using a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. Responsibilities also include using the NCIC/CJIS systems, maintaining written radio logs or other records, and related duties as assigned. A Public Safety Dispatcher Lateral must have six months recent experience (within the last three years) in police/fire/military emergency vehicle dispatching.
See our police officer trainee information packet.
Send us an e-mail or call if you have any questions related to joining the Riverside Police Department.