The Burlingame Police Department is a municipal, full-service, community-oriented department. The Department offers investigative, preventative, and community policing programs designed to protect and serve Burlingame’s residents and visitors.
For open positions, visit Calopps, a public employment job board.
Do I need any specific training, experience, or college degree to apply to be a police officer?
No. This is an entry level position and all necessary training takes place after an applicant is hired. The minimum requirements to apply are being 21 years of age, a U.S. citizen, possessing a high school degree or equivalent, and possessing a valid CA Driver’s License. Applicants also need to complete a written exam and pass a physical agility test prior to applying (details regarding tests provided here: https://theacademy.ca.gov/tests).
Is there a minimum score needed on the written exam?
No. Although some agencies do require a minimum score, Burlingame PD does not. We use the score as a gauge (much like an SAT score), and look at those results in combination with an applicant’s entire resume. The physical agility test is a pass/fail test and needs to be successfully completed.
What does the hiring process entail?
After completing the written exam, physical agility test, and applying online at Calopps.org, qualified applicants will be invited to a panel interview. If an applicant passes the panel interview, they will be invited to a second one-on-one interview with the Chief of Police. If the applicant is selected to move further in the hiring process after those interviews, the candidate will go through an extensive background check, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination and a medical examination. If the candidate successfully passes those checks and exams, they are eligible to be hired. If hired, they will be sent to a 6-month long police academy (usually on the College of San Mateo campus). Upon successful completion of the police academy, candidates go through a 4-month long in-field training program before being released as a solo patrol officer.
How long does the hiring process take?
The length of the hiring process can vary depending on the circumstances and whether or not there are job openings available at the time an applicant applies; however, if there are openings, the process typically takes approximately 3 months from the time of the initial panel interview to the completion of all the checks and exams.
What are the most important qualities needed to be a successful police officer?
Good communication skills, writing skills, problem solving ability, compassion and integrity.