The Personnel and Training Unit is responsible for the recruitment and training of all law enforcement personnel, both sworn and non-sworn.
To become a Police Officer you must hold yourself to a higher standard. During the background process, applicants are disqualified for choices they have made earlier in their lives. So what can you do? Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Don’t do drugs and don’t associate with others who use illegal drugs! – When asked about past drug use BE HONEST!
Keep your driving record clean! – Applicants are disqualified for too many tickets, accidents, and license suspensions. In addition, make sure you are properly insured.
Make physical fitness a way of life! – Make sure you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Your life or somebody else’s life may depend on it!
Pay your bills! – The way you manage your personal finances assists the department in determining your level of responsibility and maturity.
Be honest! – A lot of applicants are disqualified for lying or for integrity issues. Tell the truth no matter how embarrassed you are about your past mistakes. Remember all applicants are administered a polygraph examination during the hiring process!
Sharpen your writing skills! – Strong writing skills are very important for a successful career in law enforcement. Applicants are not selected for poor grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Be Careful on the internet! – Remember what you post on the internet represents who you are. What kind of impression are you making?
Do a great job! – Your employment history is very important. Make sure you develop and maintain a strong work ethic. Don’t call in sick if you are not sick, give two week’s notice if you resign from a position and report to work on time with a great attitude!
Make a good impression! – We need applicants who believe in themselves. Be assertive, self confident, outgoing, compassionate and learn to communicate well with a wide variety of people.
Maintain your values and integrity! – Don’t let your friends or co-workers pressure you into compromising your values or integrity. Remember integrity is “What you do when nobody is looking”!
For additional information on the qualifications to become a police officer in California go to the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) webite at http://www.post.ca.gov/.
For those curious about joining a law enforcement agency, visit http://www.discoverpolicing.org/ for information about why someone would want to join, what its like, and what it takes.
For additional employment information please see the Police Department's Employment page, visit the City of Rialto Web Site, or visit Jobing.com.