The following information is provided to assist potential applicants in preparing for the hiring process:

Personal History Statement

Physical Training Program

Becoming an Exemplary Peace Officer


We are currently accepting applications for Police Recruit. The Police Recruit application process is published on the Civil Service Current Job Opportunities page.



  • Be at least 21 years of age or older by October 13, 2016
  • US High School Diploma or GED equivalency
  • Have no physical or mental limitations that might prevent the completion of any duty assignment
  • Have vision correctable to 20/20
  • Possess a valid driver's license
  • Be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (1031.5 Government Code)
  • Cannot be on court ordered probation at the time of application or hire
  • No felony convictions


The Long Beach Police Department hiring standard concerning drug usage is as follows:

  • Marijuana - any use of marijuana in the last two-years from the application date will result in disqualification from the current hiring process. This is not a life time disqualification; just until a two-year period of no marijuana use has passed
  • Other illegal drug use (other than marijuana or hard drugs listed below) in the last three-years from the application date will result in disqualification from the current hiring process. This is not a life-time disqualification; just until a three-year period of no illegal drug use has passed.
  • Any use of hallucinogenic drugs (PCP, LSD, mushrooms, etc.), illegal intravenous drugs (heroin, methamphetamine, etc.), or bath-salts is an automatic disqualification from this process. This is a life-time ban.

All other drug use will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and a determination will be made based on the applicant's overall qualifications.


No tattoos may be visible while wearing the police uniform (this includes during recruit training at the academy); any forearm tattoos must be at least 1.5 inches up from the natural line of the wrist so they cannot be seen while wearing a long sleeved uniform. No neck, face, head, or mouth tattoos are permitted.

  • Tattoos depicting subversive, racist, hateful, illegal or other unacceptable pictures or messages are not permitted

No intentional body modifications (scarifications, enlarged piercings, implanted objects, etc) are permitted to be visible while in uniform. Body modification that is not visible while in uniform will be decided on a case-by-case basis.


Starting Salary: $30.54 per hour while in the academy

· Full pay while attending the 40 hour per week basic academy
· Retirement - 2.0% for each year worked upon reaching 50 years of age (PERS)
· 4/40 work schedule once graduated from the academy
· Excellent promotional opportunities
· Health benefits
· Life Insurance


The Police Recruit Selection Process consists of two phases: Civil Service Department Testing Process (Phase I) and Police Department Review and Selection Process (Phase II).


The testing process for the position of Police Recruit begins with the application, which should be filled out completely and submitted to Civil Service. During the continuous application process, applicants are required to apply on line. Please see the link below to access the application through the Civil Service page.

Click here to link to Civil Service page

Applications - Online applications will be available beginning 7:30 a.m., Friday, April 17, 2015.

Administrating of the Police Recruit written examination will be conducted by the National Testing Network (NTN) Law Enforcement Test titled FrontLine National; however, this does not apply to individuals who have obtained a PELLETB POST Waiver with a T-Score of 45 or above.

Be advised that FrontLine National testing must be completed through NTN; completion of the FrontLine National examination is required by all candidates. Be advised that a fee is required to take the FrontLine National examination; limited fee waivers may be available through the City of Long Beach, on a first come, first served basis. Proof of financial need is required.

Civil Service staff will provide candidates with specific testing information after they file an online application.

Applicants placed on the Civil Service Eligible List will receive a certified letter of invitation to attend the Police Recruit Orientation held at the Long Beach Police Academy. This marks the beginning of the evaluation process by the Police Department



Applicants invited to orientation should be aware that the Police Department Academy Staff begins the screening and selection process as soon as they see a candidate enter the Academy grounds. Applicants should keep this in mind and conduct themselves accordingly.

During the orientation, applicants will be given information on the various stages of the evaluation and background process, including a tentative hiring timeline. Applicants should plan to spend four to five hours at the Academy for the orientation and should be mentally and physically ready to start the process.

Physical Ability Test
Applicants will also be required to complete a Physical Ability Test (PAT) during the orientation. This is a pass/fail timed event and consists of the following:

  • 300 foot run
  • Scale a 6 foot wall (2 attempts)
  • Traverse a 16 foot long balance beam (2 attempts)
  • Drag a 165 pound dummy 50 feet
  • Squeeze a grip-strength measuring device (strong hand)
  • Pull trigger on handgun with each hand

After the PAT (pass or fail), the applicant will then be required to perform as many push-ups as able (to a maximum of 40) and then complete a 1 ½ mile run on a flat, out and back course. The desired time of the 1 ½ mile run is 12 minutes. Applicants who do not complete the run in less than 17 minutes will be automatically disqualified.

Applicants unable to complete the PAT will be provided with an opportunity to retake the test within one week. Practice sessions may be available with the Academy Staff prior to the orientation.

Do not wait until you are in the testing process to begin a physical fitness program.

Click here for Distance Running Chart and Aerobics Circuit with Calisthenics.

At the successful conclusion of the orientation, applicants will be scheduled for the next steps in the selection process.

Background Assessment Interview
The Background Assessment Interview (BAI) is conducted by Background Investigators. The investigators review the applicant's Personal History Statement (PHS) as well as all other required documents prior to the interview. Applicants are given an opportunity to explain areas of concern and it is expected that applicants will be candid and honest with their investigators during this interview and at all stages of the selection process. All information gathered during the BAI will be checked and verified during other stages of the background investigation.

Background Investigation

The Long Beach Police Department conducts an extensive and comprehensive background investigation on police recruit applicants in compliance with the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Applicants will take a polygraph and have a fingerprint examination done. The polygraph examiner and background investigation will make inquiries into areas including, but not limited to, illegal activity, recent or prolonged involvement with illegal drugs and other possible unlawful behavior. Other areas that will be investigated include:

  • Personal: Name, aliases, birth date, social security number, tattoos, citizenship, etc. Relatives and acquaintances will be contacted regarding your suitability to be a police officer
  • Education: High School, college, trade school, and any other sources of diplomas, certificates and degrees received, or in progress, will be verified through sealed official transcripts
  • Residences: Residences for the last 10 years will be verified
  • Employment: All employment history, including part time and voluntary jobs, will be verified and inquiries will be made with current and past employers and co-workers
  • Military Service: Registration with the Selection Service System will be verified. Military Service Records will be evaluated, if applicable
  • Financial: Inquiries relative to responsibility, dependability, maturity, and liability as these related to meeting financial obligations will be evaluated. You will be required to submit a sealed Experian® Credit Profile as part of your required documentation
  • Legal: Criminal inquiries will be made at the local, state, national, and if necessary, international level. Investigation will be made into all possible and actual criminal conduct. Arrests and convictions will be evaluated on a case by case basis (a misdemeanor conviction in and of itself is not necessarily a disqualifying factor)
  • Motor Vehicle Operation: Behavior as it relates to driving ability and judgment will be reviewed, as well as, verification of required automobile insurance

Oral Interview
The oral interview panel consists of one Long Beach Police Officer and one community member. Several structured questions will be posed to each applicant. The questions are designed to evaluate the applicant's knowledge of relevant topics and assess their communication skills. The better prepared applicant will have a good working knowledge of the City of Long Beach, its rich diversity, and the many events and attractions that make Long Beach great.

Medical and Psychological Examinations
Applicants are required to pass medical (including drug testing) and psychological examinations in accordance with POST guidelines.

Selection Standards
POST sets the minimum standards for peace officers in the State of California. POST guidelines provide following five (5) major categories that we consider during the hiring process:

  • Moral Character: Integrity, Impulse Control/Attention to Safety, Substance Abuse and Other Risk Taking Behavior
  • Handling Stress and Adversity: Stress Tolerance as well as Confronting and Overcoming Problems, Obstacles, and Adversity
  • Work Habits: Conscientiousness, Dependability, and Attention to Detail
  • Interactions with Others: Interpersonal Skills and Teamwork
  • Intellectually-Based Abilities: Decision Making and Judgment, Learning Ability, and Communication Skills

For further, visit the POST website at

Selection Committee

Applicants who complete all aspects of the background investigation phase of the hiring process are presented for selection to the Selection Committee of the Long Beach Police Department.

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