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Police Officer Position
Summary: Position description, recruitment events, hiring information and application process for Police Officer.


Now Accepting Applications! Click here for more information.


The online application process is open! Apply Here. 

Important Note: If you are interested in applying or have applied for the Police Officer position, we recommend that you periodically check this page for updates. This page is updated immediately with any changes including a link to the online application below. Please do not call for updates. All of the information will be here and applicants will receive emails with testing information after applying online.

UCLA Police Department Police Officers are expected to perform law enforcement duties including: foot, bicycle, motorcycle and vehicle patrol of University of California properties (campus, medical centers on campus and in Santa Monica, university housing on campus and off campus including the University Apartments North and the University Apartments South, university properties in Westwood, West Los Angeles and Santa Monica,  and nearby residential areas), investigate and prepare preliminary investigation reports, issue citations, make arrests, assist in the prosecution of violators of law, provide crime prevention information, develop partnerships with the community and serve as a proactive resource to a uniquely diverse community. Officers may work as part of a security detail for University and athletic events including events working with other law enforcement agencies for dignitaries visiting the campus. Officers have the opportunity to participate in a number of assignments such as Patrol Officer, Bicycle Team, Motorcycle Program, Detectives, Field Training Officer, Force Options/Defensive Tactics Instructors, Range Instructors, ECD Instructors, Background Investigator, Crime Prevention Officer, Traffic Collision Investigator, Mentors and various Lead Officer assignments.

Current Salary Range
*Includes Longevity Pay

Entry Level Candidates (no prior experience): Applicants without a California Basic California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certification or who have not successfully completed a POST certified academy may be hired as a Police Trainee and sent to a POST Regular Basic Course training program at a Basic Academy. The UCLA Police Department will pay for trainees to attend a Pre-Academy at the UCLA Police Department and then the Basic Academy at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which must be successfully completed prior to being sworn in as a police officer. The Police Trainee position earns approximately 5% less than the starting salary of a Police Officer.

Pre-Service Candidates (academy graduates): Applicants with a current Basic POST certification will start at step one of the police officer salary range.

Lateral Candidates (current working as a police officer): Initial placement within the salary range based upon years of previous law enforcement experience and training.

Peace Officers (from another state): California POST has a Basic Course Waiver (BCW) process for individuals who want to become California peace officers. Once the BCW process is completed the applicant receives a waiver of the Regular Basic Course. Acceptance of the waiver is at the discretion of this department.

Please read the complete Police Officer job description as well as the POST website at to learn more about the Police Officer position and the selection process to ensure that you are familiar with the requirements for the position. 

Upcoming Events
These are events that relate to the recruitment and hiring of Police Officers including application dates, testing dates and other related events. The department also participates in recruiting events throughout the year to provide opportunities to meet and speak with some of our officers.




Police Officer Application Open

Online Only

Open 5/27/2014

Police Officer Application Closed


Deadline 8/29/2014

Notice of Testing Locations/Times Sent to Qualified Applicants



Police Officer Written Test for Qualified Applicants*

Broad Art Ctr. Classroom 2160 E
By UCPD invitation only.


Physical Ability Test for Qualified Applicants*

Biscailuz Center L.A.S.D Range


Police Officer Oral Interviews for Qualified Entry Level Applicants

UCLA Police Department


Police Officer Background Process Begins

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*Only applicants who are invited to each step of the testing process and who confirm attendance by the specified deadline in the notice for the test date will be admitted to the testing site.  You must bring a valid and current government issued photo identification (no photocopies).

The online application for Police Officer is available at UCLA Career Opportunities. The online application will only be available for a limited amount of time. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The application process will be closed upon receipt of a sufficient number of applications and applications will no longer be accepted.

You must submit an online application for the position of Police Officer on the UCLA Career Opportunities site. Please ensure that you include a valid email address so that you will receive notifications and updates of the testing and selection process. All applications, including a resume, must be submitted online.

All of the information you need about the position and the selection process is contained in the Related Information panel along the right side of this page and the POST website. You will be expected to be familiar with all of this information.

You will increase your chances of success in being selected as a Police Officer by conducting your own research to learn about the Police Officer position and assignments at the UCLA Police Department as well as the process for becoming a Police Officer.

After reviewing this information, if you have any additional questions regarding Police Officer recruitment, testing, hiring or training, contact the Personnel and Training Division at

UCLA Police Department Personnel and Training
Email: | Phone: (310) 206-8883 | Mail Code: 136408
601 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1364

Business Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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