Recruitment

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.

Currently, we are NOT accepting applications for the position of Police Officer - but please scroll to the bottom of this page to complete an online "interest card" to be notified when we start recruiting again.

We ARE currently hiring for the position of Public Safety Dispatcher.  Please 
visit our Job Opportunities page and select Public Safety Dispatcher I/II from the list of available positions.

For questions about any of these jobs, contact Agent Michael Foley of the Personnel & Training Unit at 650-329-2181 or michael.foley@cityofpaloalto.org.

Please watch our two short videos below to learn more about our Department and our personnel.  To get detailed information about our hiring processes, salaries, and benefits, please expand the accordions below the two videos.  And prior to applying with us, be sure to check out our Disqualification Policy to ensure you meet the minimum requirements for employment.

 

Police Career Interest Form