Academy Graduate

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In some cases, the City of Carlsbad Police Department may hire an individual who has put themselves through a POST approved basic academy. After successful completion of the background and application process, the academy graduate will become a sworn officer and will be assigned to a field training officer at the Police Department. Following the successful completion of several phases of field training, the new officer will be assigned to work a shift on their own.


  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
  • At least 21 years of age at time of appointment
  • 20/100 uncorrected in both eyes corrected to 20/20
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship
  • Free of any felony convictions and most misdemeanor convictions

The California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) has extensive information on selection standards for police officers, including exams and assessments, job postings, and recruitment and retention. City of Carlsbad Police Department recommends that potential candidates take the time to review this site.

Hiring Process

If a candidate meets the minimum requirements, they may be considered for employment upon completion of the following:

  • Written examination
  • Oral interview
  • Physical ability test
  • Background investigation including:
    • Polygraph
    • Criminal history
    • Credit check
    • Driving history
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Medical examination

All academy graduates are required to complete a Personal History Statement at the onset of the background process.