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Mission: In partnership with our community, the National City Police Department is committed to providing the highest level of service and public safety. We will pursue this commitment with an unwavering resolve while always respecting the rights and dignity of those we serve.

Under immediate supervision, attend a Basic Police Academy and participate in departmental training and orientation... programs to prepare for a professional law enforcement career.

This is a non-sworn, civilian, trainee class designed to employ Police Officer candidates during the initial, formalized, basic police officer training. Police Recruit is distinguished from the next higher class, Police Officer, in that recruits are not assigned any active law enforcement duties and do not have peace officer powers. Upon successful completion of required training, recruits may be appointed and sworn in as Police Officers.
• Attend a Basic Police Academy which meets all training requirements of the California Penal Code and the California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (POST), to obtain a comprehensive overview of the criminal justice system and specialized training in various laws, law enforcement techniques, practices and procedures, and first aid and to develop and demonstrate physical fitness and effective usage of firearms.
• Participates in orientation and in-house training programs under direct supervision to develop an awareness of the duties, activities, and responsibilities of a Police Officer.
• Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
• Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
• Must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law.
• Must possess a valid California Class C Driver's License at the time of appointment.
• Must meet all requirements for admission to Basic Police Academy recognized by POST.

Ability to: Observe, learn, understand, and interpret various laws and police practices and procedures; analyze problems and have the potential to rationally and calmly take appropriate action in emergency and stressful situations; undergo strenuous physical conditioning; prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports in English; establish and maintain cooperative working relations with persons of widely varying socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds; understand and carry out oral and written directions.
• Applications will be accepted online only at www.nationalcityca.gov, and all notices will be sent via e-mail.
• Based upon the review of applications received, those applicants who best meet the requirements indicated above will be asked to complete a Pre-Background Questionnaire.
• Applicants who pass the review of their pre-background questionnaire, will be invited to a pass/fail Physical Agility Test (PAT).
• Those applicants passing the PAT may be invited to the Written Examination.
• Applicants scoring at or above the threshold will be required to complete a Personnel Information Questionnaire (PIQ) and may be invited to an oral interview with the Police Department.
Physical Agility Test: The test consists of six elements: Obstacle course/agility run, body drag, chain link fence, solid fence climb, 500-yard run, and 1.5-mile run.

Written Exam: The City of National City utilizes the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB). For more information regarding this exam please visit www.post.ca.gov. Applicants desiring to waive the written examination are required to submit proof of a valid and recent (issued within 3 months) POST T-Score of 47 or higher.

POST Academy Enrollment Information: Any applicant enrolled in a Basic Police Academy that meets all the requirements of the California Commission on Police Standards & Training (POST), is eligible to waive the written examination and the physical agility test. Proof of enrollment must be attached to the application.


The City of National City Police Recruit Written Exam and Physical Agility Test and Written Exam will be held on the following dates. The dates are provided to assist potential candidates in planning. Eligible candidates will be notified of the time and location prior to the testing dates.

1. Written Exam: Friday, August 2, 2024.
2. Physical Agility Test: Saturday, August 17, 2024.

NOTE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, test dates are subject to change.

Only those candidates who successfully pass the Written (if applicable) and Physical Agility Examinations may be invited to the oral interviews. The candidates that continue in the selection process will be subject to a background investigation including fingerprinting, computer voice stress analysis (CVSA), psychological evaluation, and a thorough medical examination. There are certain types of conduct, which will be automatic grounds for disqualification. Please read the information on the Disqualifying Criteria to help you identify some of the common areas of the background investigation process that may cause a delay or prevent you from competing in the selection process.

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