Police Department

Police Recruitment

Recruitment

FOR MOST PEOPLE GREATNESS IS JUST A POSSIBILITY

Make your future great with The Fresno Police Department

The Fresno Police Department is seeking hard-working individuals who are passionate about their community and serving others with compassion, honesty, and respect. Join a tight-knit team, receive extensive training, and utilize our state of the art training facility. In Fresno, you can make a measurable impact and receive the support and experience you need to achieve your highest potential.

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HIRING PROCESS

Step 1

PELLET B TEST
TAKE THE EXAM AT YOUR LOCAL POLICE ACADEMY

  • You must pass the Pellet B test in order to receive your first interview. Competition to secure a position as a Cadet I is fierce and in no way guaranteed, so you have to score well. Your pellet B score is the first thing any agency will review when considering you for the position. If you don’t pass the exam or score too low to be competitive, you may re-take the test after 30 days.

RESOURCES TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR THE PELLET B EXAM:

  • passingthepost.com ($150 fee)
  • chptestprep.com ($50 fee)
  • Save money by purchasing practice test booklets from Amazon and/or taking online practice tests from the POST website
Step 2

APPLY ONLINE
ONLINE CADET PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED ON A SEMI-MONTHLY BASIS.

  • Check the job website daily. When you see the next course open, don’t wait to apply. We accept 300 applicants, and then the program closes.
  • Search for the “POLICE CADET 1” position.
  • You will have to register with the site before you can apply for the position.
  • Call (559) 621-6950 to put your email on a mailing list and be notified of the next cadet 1 opening.
Step 3

SCHEDULE A RIDE ALONG
GO ON A RIDE ALONG AS SOON AS YOU PRACTICALLY CAN.

  • Learn as much about the department as you can (calls for service, districts, shifts/schedules, special units, rank structure, etc.)
  • Apply for a ride along through the Recruiting Unit at: fpdrecruitmentunit@fresno.gov

NOTE: To protect our officers/civilian in the wake of COVID-19 ride alongs are placed on hold to avoid any undue spread of the virus.

CHECK OUT THESE BONUS VIDEO LINKS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FRESNO POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS AND EVENTS:

POLICE ACADEMY

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PREPARE FOR, TAKE AND PASS THE WRITTEN ENTRANCE EXAM (PELLET B TEST).

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ONLINE CADET PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED ON A SEMI-MONTHLY BASIS.

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ONCE YOU ARE ELIGIBLE, YOU WILL BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST FOR THE NEXT AVAILABLE CLASS.

POLICE CADET I AND II

Police Cadet I: $15.48/hr.
Police Cadet II: $24.00-$25.00/hr.

The Police Cadet I performs assignments involving the delivery of non-emergency police services, completing various police reports, identification of persons through fingerprints, and answering non-emergency calls for service.

REQUIREMENTS

REQUIREMENTS:

  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Valid California Driver’s License

EXAMINATION PROCESS:

  • Written examination (Pellet B)
  • Oral interviews
  • Polygraph examination
  • Background investigation

ACADEMY SPONSORSHIP:

  • Uniform reimbursement
  • Salary: $24.00-25.00 + overtime when applicable
  • Field training program upon completion
  • Job security; prior cadet experience/ completed pre-employment screenings (medical/psychological)
JOB DUTIES

(This list is neither inclusive nor exclusive. Consequently, this information may not reflect Essential Functions for this class.)

  • Assists police officers with non-emergency duties; complete routine police reports after conducting non- hazardous investigations; collects evidence at crime scenes; appears in court as a witness.
  • Receives and responds to inquiries from citizens; gives general assistance and direction as appropriate.
  • Collects and compiles statistical data; researches crime trends for publication to police officers and the public.
  • Operates office machines and equipment, such as computers, vehicles, and radios.
  • Answers incoming calls for police and emergency services; inputs information about the incident into the computer via a CRT terminal for dispatching of the appropriate emergency unit(s).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
BENEFITS
  • Full-time positions with benefits including holiday and vacation pay.
  • Flexible shifts around the college schedule
  • Employee health and welfare, medical, dental, and vision
  • Police Academy Sponsorship Academy Sponsorship Program covers the cost of tuition and all gear, plus it includes a pay raise and a guaranteed position with the F.P.D. upon training completion

POLICE RECRUIT

1

PELLET B TEST

PREPARE FOR, TAKE AND PASS THE WRITTEN ENTRANCE EXAM (PELLET B TEST).

2

ATTEND AN ACADEMY

ATTEND A LICENSED, CERTIFIED POLICE TRAINING ACADEMY. YOU MUST PASS ALL PHYSICAL AND TECHNICAL PROGRAMS, AND GRADUATE.

– OR –

2

APPLY AS A RECRUIT

CHECK THE JOB WEBSITE DAILY.  SEARCH FOR THE “POLICE RECRUIT” POSITION. YOU WILL HAVE TO REGISTER WITH THE SITE BEFORE YOU CAN APPLY FOR THE POSITION. MUST BE ENROLLED IN A POLICE ACADEMY WITH ACADEMY LETTER TO BE ELIGIBLE.
Contact the Recruiting Unit for further information.

3

INTERVIEW

IF YOU ARE SELECTED, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED OF AVAILABLE INTERVIEW TIMES, OR WE WILL SCHEDULE A CALL TO DISCUSS YOUR CAREER GOALS.

BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH THE FRESNO P.D.

  • POLICE OFFICER RECRUIT STARTING PAY IS $28.81 AN HOUR OR $4,995 A MONTH.
  • YOU WILL ATTEND A 4 WEEK TRAINING AND PERSONNEL ORIENTATION (TEACHING YOU TO THE FRESNO PD TECHNIQUE IN BUILDING SEARCHES, FIREARMS TRAINING, VEHICLE OPERATIONS, RETIREMENT/BENEFITS COVERAGE, REPORT WRITING, FTO PREPARATION, ETC.).
  • WEEK 5, YOU WILL START YOUR 15 WEEK FIELD TRAINING PROGRAM (YOU WILL HIT THE STREETS WITH A FIELD TRAINING OFFICER AND APPLY YOUR ACADEMY KNOWLEDGE TO REAL LIFE).
  • AFTER YOUR PROBATION PERIOD, YOU RECEIVE YOUR FIRST RAISE OF 10%, FOLLOWED BY 5% RAISES UNTIL YOU REACH TOP STEP ($7,735 A MONTH).
  • WITH OVERTIME, SPECIAL UNIT PAY, NIGHTTIME PAY, POST PAY, ETC., IT’S NOT UNCOMMON FOR FIRST YEAR OFFICERS TO MAKE AROUND $80,000.
  • MOST 5 YEAR OFFICERS AVERAGE AROUND $80,000-100,000 A YEAR.

LATERAL POLICE OFFICER

The Fresno Police Department is seeking law enforcement officers who serve their communities with compassion, honesty, and respect. With a strong team, a great location, and opportunities for advancement, the Fresno Police Department is an excellent choice for officers looking to expand their potential and make an impact.

Fresno is a wonderful place to raise a family; it’s centrally located, close to Yosemite, Sequoia National Park, San Francisco, and L.A., plus the Central Valley boasts affordable housing, exceptional schools, and plenty of opportunities for
community involvement.

INCENTIVES/BENEFITS

Top Step Officer Pay Over $100K/year (Plus Incentives)

  • Officer: $5,602-$7,509
  • Lateral: $6,176-$7,509
  • $10,000 Signing Bonus for Laterals!
  • Every other weekend off (Platoon Schedule)
  • 10-hour shifts for patrol and most special units
  • Special unit eligibility:
    • 12 months lateral
    • 18 months recruit
  • 50+ special unit assignments
  • Medical benefits for employee and dependents
  • 13 city-observed holidays annually
  • Sick leave, vacation, holiday, comp leave
  • Reciprocity with CalPERS: Members vest at 5 years and are eligible for service retirement – benefits are 2% at age 50 and ramp-up to 2.7% at age 55
  • FTO/Cpl. pay: $500/mo
  • Special unit pay: $275/mo
  • Shift differential pay: $160-$240/mo • Uniform allowance: $100/mo
  • Bilingual pay: $100/mo
  • Annual Uniform Allowance of $1300
  • POST certified pay
    • Intermediate: 5%
    • Advanced: 9%

VA BENEFITS:

  • 5 veteran’s points
  • Chapter 31 participant / VA OJT- Apprenticeships Programs

Fresno is the only city that offers a 10-year DROP program to its members

Time Bank Incentive

  • Sick – 40 hours
  • Vacation – 40 hours
    (Immediately deposited into your time bank accounts)

Retirement

  • City of Fresno Police Retirement System; Reciprocity with CalPERS.
  • Service retirement benefits are 2% at age 50 and ramp-up to 2.7% at age 55.
REQUIREMENTS

POLICE OFFICER RECRUIT:

  • Graduation from a CA-P.O.S.T. approved academy within three years of appointment or currently attending a CA-P.O.S.T. approved academy
  • High school diploma, GED certificate
  • 21 years of age
  • Valid California Driver’s License at time of appointment
  • Citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible, and has applied for citizenship

POLICE OFFICER LATERAL:

  • Possession of a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Certificate
  • Two years of experience and current employment performing the full range of duties as a sworn Peace Officer with a local law enforcement agency