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Live the California Lifestyle


Did you know the Inland Southern California region is only an hour away from the desert, the mountains, and the beach? No matter what you like to do in your off time, Southern California has it! Enjoy an action-packed career and an adventurous lifestyle. Just another perk of being part of the San Bernardino Police Department!  

Law Enforcement Trainee

The Law Enforcement Trainee position is for individuals interested in a career as a police officer, but have not yet completed Basic Academy training. Once hired, LETs are enrolled in the 23 week Basic Police Academy where they learn the skills and duties of performing law enforcement functions. While in the Academy, LETs are paid an hourly wage and benefits (currently $32.09 per hour). Upon graduation from the Academy, LETs are promoted to the rank of Police Officer. New Police Officers then complete an additional 19 weeks of field training with an assigned Field Training Officer. After the completion of the field training program, officers are prepared to work alone in the field. ​ 

Lateral to an existing department


Are you an experienced law enforcement officer who is bored at your current agency?  Are you stuck in a jail or custody environment and want to start working immediately as a patrol officer in the field?  Do you seek additional challenges and opportunities to further develop your law enforcement career?  Would you like to serve a diverse and active community?  Are you interested in joining an exciting and fast-paced Department?  If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, we want to hear from you!

Law Enforcement Lateral

San Bernardino Police Officers enjoy a variety of different duty assignments and work experiences that may not be available at other agencies. With highly-competitive pay, expanded career opportunities, and the chance for upward mobility, lateral officers find the San Bernardino Police Department to be a great choice.


Lateral Officer applicants must be currently employed by a California police agency and must possess a Basic POST certificate.

Lateral Officers may qualify for higher starting pay depending on their law enforcement experience and qualifications. Laterals may also qualify for the accelerated Field Training Program.  



Are you looking to make a career change? The San Bernardino Police Department offers stable pay, retirement, health benefits, and options for overtime. Don't have a degree? We will hire you with a high school diploma or G.E.D. We also offer tuition reimbursement and opportunities to move around the Department in different assignments. 

Move into a Stable Career


Want to make a difference with your degree? Make your mark in San Bernardino as a police officer. Help those in danger, change lives, improve a community, and go home with a sense of satisfaction at the end of the day. 

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