What are the minimum requirements to apply for police officer trainee?
  • Free of felony convictions or other disqualifying conduct (GC 1029).
  • Age not less than 21-years-old at time of appointment to the rank of police officer. 
  • Possession of and ability to maintain a valid California driver’s license. 
  • Equivalent to completion of an associate's degree from an accredited college. 
  • Possession of a POST (Peace Officer Standards & Training) PELLETB written examination certificate with a preferred T-Score of 52 or higher and a passing score for the WSTB physical agility examination. Or possession of a National Testing Network Law Enforcement written examination certificate with a preferred score in the 90th percentile and a passing score for the WSTB physical agility examination.
  • Vision in each eye, correctable to at least 20/30.
  • Must pass a background investigation.
  • Must meet all department, medical, physical, and psychological standards.


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1. I’m in college right now. What degree should I get to prepare me for a career in law enforcement??
2. I’m not ready to apply yet. Are there certain jobs I should work at to prepare me to be a police officer?
3. I’m interested in becoming a police officer. Where do I start?
4. Can I go on a ride along to meet your officers?
5. What are the minimum requirements to apply for police officer trainee?
6. What examinations do I have to take before applying?
7. Do you require the PELLETB and WSTB examinations to apply?
8. Where do I sign up for the PELLETB and WSTB examinations?
9. What are your minimum scores for the PELLETB and WSTB examinations?
10. How should I prepare for the PELLETB?
11. How should I prepare for the WSTB?
12. Do you accept scores from the National Testing Network (NTN)?
13. Is there a minimum or maximum age to apply?
14. What are the education requirements?
15. Do I have to live in San Mateo to apply?
16. Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
17. Where do I apply?
18. Is there a minimum time commitment once I’m hired?
19. How many police officer vacancies are there?
20. Do veterans get preferential hiring?
21. Can active, reserve, or military veterans apply?