If you are interested in helping people, problem-solving, and developing partnerships between a diverse citizenry and a thriving business community the Santa Maria Police Department is interested in you.
Individuals interested in becoming a Santa Maria Police Officer, need to meet the following guidelines:
REQUIREMENTS FOR BECOMING A SANTA MARIA POLICE OFFICER
Entry Level Police Officer
HANCOCK COLLEGE POLICE ACADEMY INFORMATION
Academy is 19 weeks long. Day classes (5 days a week) start in January and August. Evening classes (3 nights a week) and Saturdays are from August through May. Approximate cost $1,500. Financial Aid is available. Contact Allan Hancock College at 925-6874 or 922-6411.
Lateral Level Police Officer
LATERAL TRANSFERS FROM ANOTHER STATE
For General Information, continue reading. Additional information may be obtained by calling the P.O.S.T. Basic Training Bureau at (916) 227-4257
WAIVER OF ATTENDANCE OF A POST-CERTIFIED BASIC COURSE (For persons who have satisfactorily completed a general law enforcement basic academy)
A waiver of attendance of a California post-certified Basic Course is an option for meeting the Regular Basic Course training standard required by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). The Regular Basic Course training standard is required for campus police officers, park police, designated Level I reserve peace officer positions (non-designated as of 1-1-97) and a few miscellaneous police officer positions identified in the California Penal Code.
To obtain a waiver, an individual must successfully complete the entire Basic Course Waiver (BCW) process. Agency sponsorship is not required to participate in the BCW process. Acceptance of a waiver for meeting the Regular Basic Course standard is at the discretion of the employing agency.
WAIVER VALID FOR THREE YEARS
Appointment in California as a full-time peace officer or a Level I reserve officer (who serves an annual average monthly minimum of 16 hours) must be obtained within three years from the date of the waiver.
After the instructions have been carefully read, additional information may be obtained by calling the P.O.S.T. Basic Training Bureau at (916) 227-4257.
For information on current job opportunities with the Santa Maria Police Department, you can contact the City of Santa Maria's Human Resources Division.