Active Duty Military

Are you interested in continuing to serve your community at the conclusion of your Military commitment? Many Salinas Police Officers were once in your position, and there is a place for you here. It does not matter where you are located in the world, we can work with you. If you are in the last six-months of your commitment, there are many steps we can take now, there is no need to wait. Police Recruit is an Entry Level position. After selection, Police Recruits attend a Police Academy for basic police training. Once graduated, Recruits are promoted to sworn Police Officers.


Be a U.S. citizen or have applied for citizenship before application is submitted.

Must possess a valid state Driver License (non-military) and obtain a California Class C driver license before being appointed to the position of Police Recruit.

Have a High School diploma or GED.

Be at least 20 ½ at time of application and 21 years at time of appointment.

Be able to pass a fitness test, written test, a thorough background check, a polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, a drug and alcohol screening test, and a medical examination.


Step 1: Contact Sergeant James Godwin (831) 758-7120 or [email protected] This is very important and will provide a blueprint for your individual testing process. Do not be discouraged if you are unable to appear in-person due to location or assignment. Each Military member has unique circumstances, and we will do whatever we can to move you forward while you are still serving.

Step 2: Complete ONE of the below written examinations: (There are several options for both remote and in-person written examinations.)

· PELLETB: Complete the California P.O.S.T. Reading and Writing Test (PELLETB). Pass Point is a T-Score of 48 or higher. (Results valid for 1 year.) For more information or to register go to: (This test is preferred for those who reside in California.)


· National Testing Network (NTN): Complete the national Testing Network Test (NTN). Pass Point scores are 65% Video, 70% Reading, and 70% Writing. (Results valid for 1 year.) For more information or to register go to

Step 3: Complete a physical agility test.

The Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB)

If you are unable to complete a physical agility test due to location, we will accept a passing PT card until such a time the agility test can be completed. A passing agility test is required before hire. The Salinas Police Department will only accept results from South Bay Regional Public Training Consortium. For more information, please visit (SPD plans to begin hosting WSTB testing soon. Watch for updates to this page.)

The Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) consists of:

· 99-yard obstacle course

· 32-foot body drag (165 lbs.)

· 6-foot chain link fence climb

· 6-foot solid wall climb

· 500 yard sprint

· 1.5 Mile Run

Step 4: Submit an application with passing Written Examination results. (Those missing the test results will not be invited to an interview.)

Contact Sergeant James Godwin (831) 758-7120 for the Active-Duty Military, Police Recruit, application link. This job posting was created specifically for service members with geographic and schedule challenges.