Lateral / Academy Attendee or Graduate

  • San Jose Police Department
  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • Jan 15, 2020
Full time Government

Job Description

The Lateral position is someone with police/peace officer experience within the State of California. An Academy Attendee is someone who is currently attending a California P.O.S.T. Basic Academy while an Academy Graduate is someone who has successfully completed a California POST Basic Academy within the last six (6) months. Any Academy Graduate who submits an application beyond six (6) months of their graduation date will have their application reviewed by the current Recruiting Unit Supervisor. Upon review, an Academy Graduate will be required to attend the San Jose Police Academy.

The San Jose Police Department does not accept out-of-state lateral police officer transfers or federal law enforcement transfers who have completed the California P.O.S.T .Basic Course Waiver. All law enforcement officers wishing to transfer from out-of-state or from a federal law enforcement agency must apply as police recruit applicant and then attend the San Jose Police Academy.


You must meet the following qualifications. If you meet them, move on to step #2.

  • Currently employed as a California Police/Peace Officer with a CA Basic P.O.S.T. certificate and has completed a patrol field training program OR
  • Possess a California P.O.S.T. Academy graduation certificate within the last SIX months OR
  • Currently, an attendee at a California P.O.S.T. Basic Academy who successfully completes the academy consecutively at the time of its designated graduation date.
  • Must be 21 years old and not older than age 70
  • Must possess a valid California driver's license
  • Must possess a U.S. high school diploma or general education diploma (GED)
  • Must have completed at least 60 semester college credits or 90 quarter college credits from an accredited college or university (credits from a CA P.O.S.T. Academy apply). Click here for more information on accredited institutions accepted.
  • Must possess U.S. Citizenship or permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship • Must have at least 20/40 uncorrected vision. View our vision requirements.
  • Cannot have any felony, domestic violence, misdemeanor assault convictions or currently be on parole or probation.

STEP #2  APPLICATION  If you meet the qualifications, Apply Here using the Police Lateral / Academy Attendee, Graduate Application.