OFFICER RECRUITMENT

The Scotts Valley Police Department continuously accepts applications for the position of Lateral Police Officer / Academy Graduate and is currently accepting applications for Entry Level positions. 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.

 

  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), and pre-employment drug policy. Thoroughly read the Class Specification for the position as well.
     

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

  3. Fill out the City Employment Application Form and mail or drop off at the Scotts Valley Police Department at 1 Civic Center Dr, Scotts Valley, CA 95066.  It may also be submitted electronically via email to clocke@scottsvalley.org.
     

  4. At this time, Entry Level applicants are being allowed to submit a city employment application form without the required POST Entrance Assessment Written and Physical tests until later in the recruitment process.  The written and physical test results are valid for 6 months from the date of submission to SVPD. (Tests may be scheduled through www.theacademy.ca.gov.)
     

  5. After the application is processed, a detective will contact you to arrange a pre-screen interview.
     

  6. Candidates who pass the pre-screen interview will be scheduled for an Oral Board (Panel) Interview.
     

  7. 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.
     

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