Serve With Us

An Oceanside Police Officer enjoys the benefits of working in a growing and diverse beach community. We are one of the last Southern California cities where you can live, work, and play all in the same community.

A variety of opportunities are available within the Police Department, giving a department member the ability to serve our community within a variety of career paths.

  • Motorcycle Officer
  • Gang Suppression Unit
  • General Investigations
  • Neighborhood Policing Team
  • Field Training Officer
  • 4/10 and 3/12 work schedules
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Psychiatric Emergency Response Team
  • Traffic Services Unit
  • Vice/Narcotics Investigator
  • Drug Recognition Expert
  • School Resource Officer
  • EVOC Instructor
  • Homeless Outreach Team
  • Firearms/Range Staff
  • Resource Team
  • Gang Investigator
  • Canine Officer
  • SWAT & CNT (Crisis Negotiation Team)
  • Harbor Unit 

The Department fosters an environment of unity, family, and continued self-improvement. Tuition reimbursement is available for those wishing to further their education, shift-differential pay for particular work schedules, and additional pay for some specialized assignments. Additionally, the Department participates in a Citywide mentoring program designed to enrich employees’ work experience and provide for personal and professional development.