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The Scotts Valley Police Department continuously accepts applications for the position of Lateral Police Officer / Academy Graduate. The process for applying for a position is outlined below. Applications are kept on file at the department for a period of one year. Potential applicants will be contacted during that one year period if a position becomes available. Currently there are no open positions available.

  1. Thoroughly read the Entry Level Police Officer Recruitment Flyer or the Lateral/Academy Graduate Police Officer Recruitment Flyer, as applicable. The flyer includes salary and benefits information, minimum qualifications, application testing process (including where to get the POST Entrance Assessment completed), pre-employment drug policy, and even a map/directions to the police department. Thoroughly read the Class Specification for the position as well.

  2. Vision requirements may be an issue. Please read our Visions Standards.

  3. Complete the POST Entrance Assessment Process. The written and physical test results are good for 6 months from the date of application. www.theacademy.ca.gov

  4. Fill out the City Employment Application Form.

  5. Turn in BOTH the completed City Application and POST Entrance Assessment results. Application packets can be mailed to or dropped off at Scotts Valley City Hall at 1 Civic Center Dr, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. They may also be submitted electronically via email to clocke@scottsvalley.org.

  6. After the application is processed, a detective will contact you to arrange a Pre-Screen Interview. Those who pass the Pre-Screening Interview will be placed on an eligibility list for one year until such time as a position is available.

  7. Upon availability, eligibility list candidates will be invited to a Selection Interview to assess an applicant's experience, education, judgment, oral communication skills and interpersonal skills. All candidates who receive a score of 80% or more on the Selection Interview will be placed on a hiring list for 1 year.

  8. Top candidates will be selected for a background investigation in accordance with the POST Commission and Background Investigations Manual. Candidates will also be required to successfully complete, to the satisfaction of this department, a polygraph test administered by a licensed polygrapher, a psychological exam given by a City selected psychologist and a medical exam by a City selected physician (to include a back X-ray and general physical examination). In addition to the qualifications noted above, suitability for employment will also be based on the following POST job dimensions: moral character, handling stress and adversity, work habits, interactions with others and intellectually based abilities.

  9. The final step before hiring is a Chief’s Interview.