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Police Officer

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Information for Current Hiring Process

Event Location Date
Police Officer Application Open Online Only 01/01/2024
Police Officer Application Closed   03/01/2024
Physical Ability Test for Qualified Applicants* Rio Hondo College Various
Police Officer Written Test for Qualified Applicants* Rio Hondo College Various (will be administered at conclusion of the PAT on the same day)
Police Officer Oral Interviews for Qualified Applicants UCLA Police Department Various
Police Officer Background Process Begins UCLA Police Department Will be notified when selected

Details for Current Hiring Process

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.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A CONTINUOUS POSTING. We may administer several written and physical tests throughout this requisition. You will be notified by email of your testing and/or interview dates by someone in the Personnel and Training Division prior to any scheduled testing dates.

Due to California POST requirements, rescheduling the written and physical examination will not be accommodated.

Physical Ability Test (PAT)
Date: Various 
Time: 7:00am (check-in from 7:00am-7:30am)
Location: Rio Hondo College 

    3600 Workman Mill Rd 
    Whittier, CA 90601 

Written Test (PELLETB)
Date: Various
Time: 10:30am (or at the conclusion of the PAT) 
Location: Rio Hondo College 

    3600 Workman Mill Rd 
    Whittier, CA 90601 

Note: All applicants are required to take the Physical Agility Test.  If you need to attend a police academy you will be required to run the 1.5 mile run as part of your Physical Agility Exam.

If you cannot attend the test, do not apply and wait until we open a new hiring process. Every applicant must take the Physical Ability Test (PAT). The written test will be waived for any applicant who does not need to attend California POST Basic Police Academy. If you are currently an out-of-state police officer, you must have a California POST Basic Course Waiver or take the written exam

PARKING: Please park in the lot which is just before the Rio Hondo Police Academy archway. Lot is located on the left side. Walk up the road to the Academy Annex to register.

*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).


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

$92,435 - $156,946* (effective June 25, 2023)

*Includes Longevity Pay, Advanced POST Certificate Pay, Specialty Pay (x2), Systemwide Response Team Pay, Nighttime Shift Differential Pay, Education Pay, Bilingual Pay, and Uniform and Fitness Allowances

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 Orange County Sheriff's Department, which must be successfully completed prior to being sworn in as a police officer. The Police Trainee position earns approximately 10% less than the starting salary of a Police Officer.

Pre-Service Candidates (academy graduates): Applicants without a current POST Basic Certificate 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 will be 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.


Please see the following link for academy preparation:

The online application for Police Officer will be available at UCLA Career Opportunities soon. 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
Phone: (310) 206-8883
Fax: (310) 267-2546
Mail Code: 136408


601 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1364

Business Hours

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Station Hours

24 hours a day, 7 days a week