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Master List of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Master list of frequently asked questions and answers

We have compiled a list of FAQs from the POST website and online to answer most questions related to police recruitment.

What is a Peace Officer?

In California, a Peace Officer can be:

  • UC, Cal State, and community college police, Cal Expo
  • Game wardens of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Police officers, Sheriffs, Deputies, Parole officers, County probation officers
  • Correctional officers of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Special agents with the California Attorney General and California Department of Justice
  • California Highway Patrol, BART police, any railroad police officer commissioned by the Governor
  • Park Rangers, State Park officers, County coroners, Deputy coroners, State Fire Marshall, Deputy state fire marshals

Investigators for:

  • Fraud investigators of the California Department of Insurance
  • Welfare fraud investigators of the California Department of Social Services
  • Employment Development Department, or employed by the office of a district attorney
  • California Department of Consumer Affairs and the California Department of Motor Vehicles
  • California Military Department
  • California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Private university or college deputized or appointed as a reserve deputy sheriff or police officer
  • California Department of State Hospitals and the California Department of Developmental Services

What are the requirements to become a police officer?

Take a look at all of the Minimum Requirements and Selection Standards to become a police officer.

What is the hiring process like?

Take a look at what it’s like going through the hiring process to become a police officer.

How much do police officers make in California?

Learn more about a police officer’s salary in California, which agencies pay the most, and view current police officer salaries.