How do I sign up for a ride-along with a patrol officer or a sit-along in Dispatch?
The forms to participate are kept at the front counter of the Police Department. A form may be picked up and completed during normal business hours of 0800 – 1700 hours, Monday through Friday. A criminal history check is completed on all applicants.
Where do I find more information about legal requirements to become a peace officer or dispatcher?
You may go to the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Web site at: www.post.ca.gov
What is POST?
The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) is responsible for regulating and certifying all law enforcement agencies in the state.
The Commission's goal is to concentrate its services on the three ingredients believed to be most critical to effective law enforcement:
The Commission on POST is a state agency that was formally established in 1959. It consists of 14 members, 13 of whom are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, for three-year overlapping terms. Commissioners are selected to provide a balanced group of city and county administrators, law enforcement professionals, educators, and public members. The State Attorney General is a Commissioner by law.
The POST Advisory Committee is the Commission's "sounding board" and provides input on many of the Commission's complex issues. The Advisory Committee represents the major associations and organizations within California's law enforcement community. Educators and public members also serve on the Committee.
The POST Commission establishes minimum selection and training standards, provides counseling on improving management practices, and provides financial assistance to agencies to support the training of their peace officers, dispatchers and paraprofessional employees. Other major responsibilities include:
For more information about POST visit: http://www.post.ca.gov
Is there anything that could automatically disqualify me from the hiring process?
Examples of applicants subject to automatic disqualification include:
What qualities and characteristics does the Oceanside Police Department look for in applicants for positions as police officer, dispatcher or other positions within the Police Department?
The Police Department follows POST guidelines of the ten job dimensions:
I have applied for a position at the Police Department. What should I wear to interviews, appointments and testing?
Unless notified otherwise, business attire is strongly recommended throughout the hiring process. Jeans, sandals, T-shirts and similar attire are not appropriate for an employment process setting.
I am applying for a position other than police officer, what can I expect in my hiring process?
All Oceanside Police Department applicants, regardless of position, will go through a thorough background investigation. Successful completion of the background process is required for all Police Department positions.
The background process for all Police Department positions will include:
What kinds of education and experience should I consider before applying to become a police officer with the City of Oceanside?
Do you have to be a United States citizen to become a police officer?
Yes. California State law, (California Government Code, sec. 1031) requires that peace officers be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who are eligible for citizenship. The Oceanside Police Department requires an applicant to be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien who has applied for U.S. citizenship before being hired as a police officer.
What is a "Lateral Transfer"?
This classification is for experienced police officers who have graduated from a POST-certified basic academy, completed a probation period of full-time sworn police experience and be in possession of a California POST Basic Certificate at the time of filing the employment application.
Do you accept police officer lateral transfers?
Yes. We accept applications for lateral transfer on a continuous basis.
What is the process for an out-of-state lateral officer applicant?
The requirements do include a California POST Basic Certificate, satisfactory completion of probation and either an AA/AS or 60 units. All out-of-state applicants will need to complete the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Re-qualification Course prior to testing as a lateral police officer applicant. Please refer to the POST Web page for more details on the re-qualification course at http://www.post.ca.gov.
What is a POST Certificate?
The POST Basic Certificate is the first of several levels of professional peace officer certificates issued by the state. The POST Basic Certificate is required within 18 months of being appointed as a peace officer.
You can obtain a California Basic POST Certificate in two ways:
These basic police academies are operated by several community colleges throughout the state, including Miramar College and Palomar College.
If you are a lateral applicant from out of state, or you were not hired within three years of completing the basic academy, you may take the POST re-qualification course that is three weeks in length.