We are looking for men and women from all backgrounds who welcome a challenge, and who will uphold our mission statement, "To proudly protect and serve the public with respect and integrity." To those who accept this challenge, we offer great pay and benefits, ample opportunities for specialty assignments and advancement, outstanding training, and the privilege to serve the community of Palo Alto.
The Palo Alto Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer Trainee, Police Officer Lateral and Police Academy Graduate.Click on this link to see positions that are available . For questions, contact Officer Melda Christmas of the Personnel & Training Unit at (650) 329-2181.
We are also currently accepting applications for the position of Reserve Police Officers on a continual basis. You must already possess a Level 2 certificate from P.O.S.T. prior to applying with us. To apply to be a Reserve Police Officer, contact Sergeant Wayne Benitez at 650-329-2459.
Lateral applicants will require successful completion of, or current enrollment in, a California P.O.S.T.-certified Basic Academy, or be currently employed as a full-time police officer as defined under Penal Code Section 830. A copy of your Basic Academy certificate or proof of current employment at the time of application is also required. Selection Process Our selection process is similar to that of most other agencies. Once you meet our minimum criteria as outlined in the "Requirements" section above, you must pass each step of the application process as listed below. Prior to applying with us, though, please check our Disqualification Policy.