Frequently Asked Questions...

Q: How old do I have to be to apply?

A: 20 ½ years of age to apply, there is no other age limit.


Q: Can I still apply with a DUI conviction?

A: 1 DUI conviction within 3 years of your application, 2 or more DUI convictions, or 1 DUI conviction as an officer would be a disqualifier.


Q: What is the policy on marijuana use/ experimentation?

A: Use of marijuana within 1 year of your application date would be a disqualifier.


Q: Will poor credit, a bankruptcy, or bills in collections be a disqualifier during the hiring process?

A: Not necessarily, each application will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis. 


Q: What are the education requirements?

A: A H.S. Diploma or GED equivalent  or greater is required.


Q: If hired where would I attend the academy?

A: The San Bernardino Police Department sends our candidates to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Academy.  This is not a live onsite academy.


Q: If I am disqualified at any point during the hiring process can I reapply?

A: Yes, you may reapply every 30 days.


Q: If I am an out of state applicant can I consolidate any part(s) of the hiring process?

A: A limited amount of consolidation could occur during the hiring process.


Q: Will moving violation convictions (traffic tickets) disqualify me from the hiring process?

A: 3 or more moving violations within the past 3 years would be a disqualifier.


Q: If I obtained a Basic Academy POST Certificate will I have to attend/ complete a new Basic POST Academy?

A: No, your certificate of completion is valid for 3 years.


Q: Can I do a ride a long during the hiring process?

A: If you reach the background process a ride a long will be scheduled for you by your background investigator.


Q: What position do I apply for?

A: If you have not successfully completed a Basic POST Academy you would apply for the LET (Law Enforcement Trainee) position.


Q: Do I need to be a U.S. Citizen to apply?

A: You would need to be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.