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 Police Officer Trainee

Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Santa Monica Police Department.

If you wish to be notified when the application is made available, please complete an interest card.

Police Officer Trainee Interest Card

Please note the new testing procedures for Police Officer Trainee:


Effective August 29, 2016 the City of Santa Monica will no longer administer the Peace Officer Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery known as the (PELLETB) written examination to test candidates for the classification of Police Officer Trainee and therefore will not utilize the t-score format as a score for this position nor accept-scores from other agencies.

Commencing with the August 29, 2016 recruitment, the City of Santa Monica will utilize the Entry Peace Officer written examination developed by Donnoe and Associates for the entry-level law enforcement classification of Police Officer Trainee and Police Officer Pre-Service.  This validated written examination will cover areas such as language skills, reading comprehension, problem solving, reasoning ability and accuracy with names and numbers and will be administered on a quarterly basis.  Each candidate will have to be present to participate in the written examination as test scores are not transferrable to or from other agencies. 

Once the examination is administered and completed by the examinee it will be forwarded to the vendor for scoring.  Upon receipt of the results, our agency will notify all candidates via an email status notice as to their score.  Passing scores will be good for up to one year.

If you do not receive a passing score you will have the opportunity to retake the written examination with the next Police Officer Trainee recruitment by completing a new on-line application.



Application Period

Open:     Monday, December 16, 2019

Close:      Thursday, January 16, 2020

Training and Preparation Class (TAPS)

Sunday, January 5, 2020
Santa Monica High School
9:00 AM


Local Candidates

Out of Area/State Candidates

Written Examination
Written Examination

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020

6:00 PM

8:00 AM

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium-East Wing

Santa Monica Institute (SMI) Training Room



Saturday, February 8, 2020  
10:00 AM  
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium-East Wing  

Physical Fitness Qualifier

Physical Fitness Qualifier

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Time: 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM

11:00 AM

Santa Monica High school

Santa Monica High school



Oral Interview

Oral Interview

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020

Time: TBD

Public Safety Facility

Time: TBD - Morning Schedule - to be concluded by Noon

Public Safety Facility

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