Simi Valley Police Officer Opportunities

Police Officer Trainee

The Police Officer Trainee is the entry level position for those who have not yet attended a California POST certified academy. The academy is a six month long process and is the first step in your law enforcement career.


The Police Officer Academy Complete is for those who have completed a POST certified academy, but have not completed a full year of law enforcement employment where they would have earned a California POST Basic Certificate.

Police Officer Lateral Transfer

The Police Officer Lateral Transfer is for those currently employed as California Peace Officers in good standing and possess a California POST Basic Certificate.  


Sworn Employee Benefits



Individuals who were active members of a reciprocal public retirement system within the last six months, or were previously employed with the City of Simi Valley prior to January 1, 2013, and enrolled in CalPERS will be enrolled in the CalPERS 3% @ 55 retirement plan (employee pays 9% while city pays 3% contribution).  New employees will be enrolled in the CalPERS 2.7% @ 57 retirement plan (employee pays 12% contribution).

Deferred Compensation Program:

Employees may also defer a portion of their salary into 401(k) and/or 457 plans.

Educational Incentive:

Educational Incentive pay on the pay scale paid at 2.5% for an A.A. Degree and 5% for a B.A. Degree (not compounded).


An Incentive of 3% for an Intermediate POST Certificate and 6% for an Advanced POST Certificate (not compounded).

Annual Leave:

Sworn Employees earn 168 hours of leave per year initially, 208 hours per year after five years, and 260 hours per year after ten years of Service.  An option to purchase Annual Leave as well as two opportunities to convert Annual Leave to pay exists.


Eleven paid holidays (10 hours each) per year.

Uniform Allowance:

New uniforms and equipment provided by the City at time of hire followed by $1600 uniform allowance annually.

Group Health Insurance:

The City is a CalPERS medical participant with $133 contribution monthly by the City supplemented by up to $1847.87 SimiFlex Dollars monthly to offset the cost of insurance.

Dental coverage including orthodontia provided for employees and dependents for $8.07 monthly.  Vision Coverage for employees and dependents provided for $1.46 per month. The City pays all premiums for $100,000 of life insurance coverage for employees.

The hiring process consists of four phases:

Phase One:  Written & Physical Agility Test

Phase Two:  Oral Interview

Phase Three: Background Investigation

Phase Four: Medical & Psychological Evaluation



Our written and physical agility testing take place at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Academy in Camarillo.

The written examination is comprised of questions that evaluate your reading and writing ability.  The written examination is a validated written test, which meets California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) requirements.

The physical agility is scored on a pass/fail.  You must successfully complete each of the components in order to move on in the process. The physical agility consists of the following:

  • 99 Yard Obstacle Course: Run a 99-yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb height obstacles, and vault (not hurdle) a 34-inch high obstacle.  (Time limit of 25 seconds)

  • Body Drag: Lift and drag a 165-pound life-like dummy 32 feet. (Time limit of 14 seconds)

  • Chain Link Fence Climb: Climb over a 6-foot chain link fence and complete a short sprint. (Time limit of 10 seconds)

  • Solid Fence Climb: Climb over a 6-foot solid fence and complete a short sprint. (Time limit of 13.5 seconds)

  • One Mile Run: Run one mile. (Time limit 10 minutes)


The interview consists of a set of general questions and scenario questions.  Although we understand you have not attended an academy, the scenario questions allow you to demonstrate to the board your thought process and how you make decisions.


The interview is your time to demonstrate why you are the best candidate for the job. If you have special skills or abilities that relate to law enforcement, this is where you want to talk about them.  You may also prepare for the oral interview by researching general information about the City, the Police Department, and the law enforcement field.  Criminal justice courses can also provide useful interview information. 



The most time consuming portion of the hiring process is the background investigation. The time varies depending on the number of positions available, the complexity of your personal history, and the workload of the background investigator.  In general, it takes approximately eight to ten weeks to complete a background investigation once a you are  in the background process.

The background investigator evaluates your suitability for employment based on several factors including your integrity, dependability, judgment, and maturity.  Deliberate misstatements or omissions can and often will result in disqualification from the hiring process.  The Simi Valley Police Department does not expect perfection; rather, the Department wants the opportunity to lawfully, fairly, and objectively evaluate your qualifications for employment.

The background investigation will include a polygraph and Livescan fingerprinting.



You will be medically and psychologically evaluated by a City designated physician, at the City’s expense, to determine suitability for employment as a police officer.


Professional Support Staff


Public Safety Dispatcher

Under immediate (Police Dispatcher Trainee) or general (Police Dispatcher) supervision, performs a variety of dispatching duties for emergency and non-emergency calls; dispatches police officers to calls for service; and operates a variety of communication equipment including radio, telephone, and computer systems.


Police Services Officer (Non-sworn)

Under general supervision, performs a variety of specialized clerical and technical non-sworn law
enforcement duties in support of the Police Department including taking crime reports, enforcing parking laws and ordinances, performing traffic control, and receiving, securing, safeguarding, preserving, and disposing of police property and evidence; provides information to the general public and answer citizen inquiries; prepares records and reports; and provides other support and assistance to sworn and other non-sworn positions in the Police Department in support of various functions.

This is a broad classification with individual positions assigned to specific functional areas; duties and assignments may overlap depending on the operational needs of the department and staffing levels.


Records Technician

Under immediate supervision (Police Records Technician I) or general supervision (Police Records Technician II), performs a variety of specialized clerical and technical duties involved in processing various police records and reports; receives, enters, researches, and assimilates data in a records management system and other database systems; identifies and maintains crime activity and known offender information and statistics; and, performs a variety of related duties involved in the maintenance of highly confidential records.

This is a broad classification with individual positions assigned to specific functional areas. Duties and assignments may overlap depending on the operational needs of the department and staffing levels.

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