The Rialto Police Department is always seeking qualified individuals to serve our Community. The following outlines the selection process for becoming a member of the Department. If a step is specifically for a Sworn (Officer) position, it is noted. Additional information can be found on the Police Department's website - Personnel and Training section or on the City website - Human Resource section.

Step #1 Application and Written Exam -  Go to the City of Rialto website (Human Resources) and apply online. Once the application is accepted and minimum qualifications met, the applicant will be notified of the written exam date, time and location. Please make note of any special requirements when submitting your application: some positions require certain certificates or are limited to a certain number of applicants. Be as thorough and correct as possible to increase your chances of advancing to the next step.

Step #2 Physical Agility Testing (Police Officer Candidates only) - The physical agility consists of five events; Obstacle Course, Body Drag, Chain Link Fence, Solid Fence, and 500 Yard Run. Upon sucessfully passing the written exam, you will be notified of the test date, time, and location. Be early, come prepared, and dress in comfortable, appropriate athletic gear.

Step #3 Preliminary Interview - The applicant will be interviewed to determine his/her qualifications. If successful, the applicant will be given a Personal History Statement (PHS) and a list of required documents that will need to be gathered.

Step #4 Background Interview (Personal History Statement Interview) - The applicant will meet with a staff member of the Personnel and Training Unit to review the applicant's written statement and collect copies of any necessary documentation. The applicant will also complete waivers, a livescan (fingerprinting) and may be required to complete an autobiography. Be honest! Be complete! Trying to hide past issues, no matter how small, or failing to provide required information are two of the biggest reasons candidates will fail out of a background investigation. 

Step #5 Polygraph Examination - A thorough polygraph examination will be conducted. 

Step #6 Background Investigation  - The applicant will be assigned to a Background Investigator. A comprehensive, in-depth background investigation will be conducted into all aspects of the applicant's past and current life.

Step #7 Command Staff Interview - Upon completion of the background investigation, a report is prepared and given to the Administative Lieutenant,  The Captain(s) and finally the Chief of Police for evaluation of the candidate's interpersonal skills, oral communication skills, and qualifications. An interview is then scheduled with the Command Staff and if successful, the candidate will be given a conditional job offer. This offer is contingent upon successfully passing steps 8 and 9 below.

Step #8 Medical Evaluation - A thorough medical evaluation will be conducted. The extent of the exam will be dependent upon the position for which the applicant is processing.

Step #9 Psychological Evaluation - A thorough psychological evaluation will be conducted.

Step #10 Appointment - If the candidate is successful in the previous nine steps, they are scheduled for the police academy (Entry Level Police Officers) or given a date to start employment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What qualities and characteristics does the Rialto Police Department look for in police officer candidates?

1. Integrity.
2. Professionalism.
3. Good communication skills.
4. Good judgment/common sense.
5. Courage.
6. Self-motivation.
7. Knowledge of the job and the criminal justice system.
8. Discretionary decision-making.
9. Enthusiasm.
10. Team oriented.

What kinds of education & experience should I consider before applying to become a police officer with the City of Rialto?

1. Education: Most of the progressive agencies in California place a high value on a college education. An AA is a good start; but you should always consider higher education. The choice of a major is not nearly as important as the college experience itself.

2. Work experience: A track record as a dependable & reliable employee is just as important as education. The best predictor of future behavior is past performance. Positive job references from a reputable employer are extremely important. Any consistent employment is helpful, however jobs which emphasize public contact, interpersonal communications, dependability and responsibility are the most important.

3. Law enforcement Exposure: Make an ongoing effort to learn about law enforcement. Most agencies have part-time positions. They may be cadets, community service officers, police aides, public safety aides, etc. All provide exposure to the law enforcement environment. Agencies also have volunteer programs that can provide similar exposure and may also lead to employment opportunities.

4. Physical fitness: Start now on an ongoing physical fitness program, since you will need to be in good physical condition to successfully compete for employment and complete a police academy.

5. Moral character: Realize that any poor choices you make, especially as an adult, could jeopardize a future law enforcement career. While perfection is not expected or required, drug use, theft, dishonesty and poor judgment end many careers before they get started.

6. Balance: Above all, successful law enforcement applicants tend to be those who have balance in their lives. All of the above factors are important and development of one to the exclusion of the others will probably frustrate your career efforts.


Below is a list of the most common areas that disqualify applicants for empolyment. It is important to remember to be honest, that in and of themselves, many situations are not grounds for automatic disqualification; however dishonesty is! If you have concerns, please be sure to contact the Personnel & Training Unit.



• Incomplete, false, or illegible Personal History Statement

• Falsification and/or omission of any requested information

• Rude, belligerent, or otherwise unacceptable behavior towards staff

• Untruthfulness to staff

• Knowingly remaining in place where illegal drugs were used/sold

• Prior arrests and convictions

• Felony probation/parole

• DUI conviction(s)

• License suspension(s)

• Traffic accident(s)/citations(s)

• Poor employment or education history/performance (i.e. continual firing, poor grades/performance reviews)

• Financial Concerns (i.e. bankruptcies/collection accounts/failure to pay child support, etc.)


Polygraph Exam

 • Continued responses indicating deception on questions asked

• Failure to appear for the exam without notification or refusal to complete the exam

• Attempts to defeat the machine (i.e., holding breath, hyperventilating, or taking drugs/alcohol before testing)

• Withholding information from polygraph examiner

• Admissions to conduct deemed unacceptable by Department or POST standards

• Information uncovered by examiner which deviates from information provided to background investigator

Psychological Exam

• Failure to meet the standards as determined by the department psychologist (written and oral interview)


Medical Exam

 • Failure to meet the standards for the position as determined by the department physician

NOTE: This list is not all inclusive nor complete and other information or facts revealed in the detailed background investigation may also be sufficient to disqualify an applicant.

Check here for availible positions or contact any member below:

Sergeant Nicholas Borchard at 909-820-2650 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Senior Office Specialist Deidre Cook at 909-421-4926 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The California Commision on P.O.S.T. is a great source of information for anyone seeking a career in Law Enforcement