Steps on Becoming a Police Officer in Bakersfield, California


Becoming a police officer is a career choice that gives you a great chance to help and protect people. In California, police officer training is handled through the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, or POST. According to the POST website, POST was established more than 50 years ago by the California legislature to set selection and training standards for California law enforcement. In Bakersfield, a few steps and POST training will get you on the road to serving as an officer of the law.

  • Meet the statewide minimum standards for peace officer employment in California. Qualifications include no felony convictions, U.S. citizenship, at least 18, at least a high school diploma, pass a reading and writing test and pass the background, medical and psychological checks.

  • Apply to and complete a POST-certified Basic Academy training course. The course is offered at different times, by different agencies at hundreds of locations across California. The Academy lasts between 664 and 730 total hours of training,according to the POST website. Bakersfield has to training academies. According to the POST website, enrollment costs vary at different academies.

  • Search for and apply to police officer job openings on the Bakersfield City Human Resources site at By law, job openings must be posted on the city site for at least 10 days.

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