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The Future is You

No, really! We mean it.

You are the future of law enforcement.

You are the creator of change - we will just pay you to do it. 

No academy under your belt? That's okay.

As a police recruit, we will pay for your academy and give you a paycheck too. 

Police Recruit Salary: $6,033.23 per month

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What is a Police Recruit?

As a Police Officer Recruit, the Recruit will attend a Peace Officer Standards and training (P.O.S.T), a certified basic academy during regular academy hours and any other scheduled departmental and academy exercise activities.  Successful completion of the academy is required to continue employment and be promoted to a Police Officer.  General Supervision will be provided from executive level Police Department personnel, both sworn and professional, and P.O.S.T. Academy staff.  No direct supervision of staff is exercised. 

But will it be hard? Yes, a police academy can be difficult both mentally and physically. Good thing is, we will be with you every step of the way. We support and encourage our academy recruits. We will provide additional help when needed and be there to cheer you on. You can do this!

Ideal Candidate

The City of Woodland Police Department is looking for individuals whom are diversity and equity-minded, value community engagement, and are intrinsically motivated to serve the public as a Police Officer.  The Ideal Candidate is:

  • Of good moral character

  • Able to make sound decisions

  • An excellent communicator and capable of resolving conflict

  • Able to work, make decisions, and prioritize in stressful situations

  • Read, interpret, and apply laws and policies to make sound decisions

  • Free of any felony convictions


Education:  Equivalent to graduation from an accredited U.S. high school; or passing score on the General Education Development (GED) test; or possession of a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience:  Not required but desired.

License or Certificate:  Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license with an acceptable driving record.

Environment:  The candidate will train in a high-stress police-training academy; indoor classrooms and an outdoor physical agility course; exposed to noise, smoke, and inclement weather.

Physical:  Physical health and strength to meet the physical demands of police work as determined by an agility test and a pre-employment physical exam.

Vision:  See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Age:  Must be 21 years of age upon completion of the academy.

Special Requirements

Applicants for the Police Officer Recruit position must pass the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) with a minimum T-Score of 45 and must pass all components of the Physical Agility Test-Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) with a minimum score of 320.

  • If taken within the past 12 months, applicants may submit evidence of a P.O.S.T. Certified PELLETB test score with a score equal or greater than a T-45 with the application to be considered for this recruitment.

  • Woodland Police Department will not accept previously received Physical Agility Test-Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) scores. Applicants will be required to participate in this recruitment’s WSTB event.

Test Details:

1) Written Test - POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) - This test must be completed in less than 2.5 hours, and it must be passed with a minimum T-Score of 45.  The areas covered by the test include:

  • Spelling - Select the correct spelling of a word from a list of options

  • Vocabulary - Select the correct meaning of a word from a list of options

  • Clarity - Select the sentence that is most clearly written from a pair of options

  • Reading - Read a passage and answer questions about the passage's content

  • CLOZE - Use contextual clues to complete a passage that contains missing words


2) Physical Agility Test - Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) - This test consists of five individually timed and weighted events, and the minimum passing score is 320 (Important – POST Academies may require a higher standard). The events include:

  • 99-yard obstacle course with sharp turns and up to 34-inch high obstacles

  • 165-pound body drag for 32-feet

  • 6-foot chain link fence climb

  • 6-foot solid wall climb

  • 500-yard run

Test Date:

Woodland Police Department will offer WSTB test on an ongoing basis. Woodland Police Department will refer candidates to a testing center for the PELLET-B.

Eligible List Placement: 

Applicants for this position must take and pass the Physical Agility - Work Sample Test Battery (pass/fail), and the POST Entry-level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) with a minimum T-score of 45 (weight: 100%).  Those applicants who pass both the PELLETB and Physical Agility test (WSTB) will be invited to participate in a panel interview.  Applicants who successfully pass the panel interview will be placed on an eligibility list and may be selected to participate in a final interview with the Chief of Police.

Let's Talk Benefits

While in the academy, you will receive a salary of $6,033.23 per month. Upon successful completion of the academy, your salary will increase to $6,703.59 a month. Additionally, you will receive these great benefits:

Retirement:   Public Employees' Retirement System using the 2.7% at 57 formula.  Current members of CalPERS may be eligible for the 3% at 55 formula. The City does not participate in social security.

Deferred Comp:   Choice of deferred compensation plans

Medical:   CalPERS Medical Insurance Plans, including HMOs & PPO.  City provides an allowance toward the cost of insurance.  Maximum Family Allowance for 2019 is $2,097.20 per month

Dental/Vision:  City paid Delta Dental and Medical Eye Services

Long-Term Disability:  Wage protection for long term disabilities

Life Insurance:  City provides $50,000 life insurance policy

Supplemental Benefits:  Voluntary supplemental Life, Cancer, Accident Only, and Critical Illness insurances, and Flexible Spending Accounts available

Vacation:  6.7 hours per month for the first three years

Sick Leave:   10 hours per month,  unlimited accumulation.

Holidays:  8.3 hours per month of vacation leave in lieu of holiday time off

Bilingual Pay:  $200 per month for employees upon certification

Uniform Allowances:   Newly appointed police officers are provided body armor, uniforms, rain gear, and duty equipment.

Certificate Pay:   Eligible officers may received additional salary based on possession of certificates issued by Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) Agency (2.5% increase for an intermediate certificate, 4% for an advanced certificate, and 2.5% increase for a Bachelors Degree).


I Am Ready To Apply - What's The Process?

Submit you application

Apply utilizing the CalOpps website: . Supplemental questionnaire must be submitted with application to be considered.  Résumés and cover letters are encouraged but will not be accepted in lieu of the application form.  Postmarks will not be accepted.  

Review / Selection Process


 All applications, supplemental questionnaires, resumes, and assessment exam score documents will be reviewed for accuracy, completion, relevant education, experience, training and other job related qualifications. Those best meeting the stated qualifications and requirements for the position will be invited to participate in the testing process, which will consist of a written exam (PELLETB) and a physical agility test (WSTB).  Those candidates who pass both the written and physical agility tests will be invited to participate in a panel interview. Candidates successful in the testing process will be placed on the eligibility list. Candidates selected to continue in the process must successfully complete the following:

•An interview with members of the Command Staff

•Personal history background check

• Fingerprint examination with no felony or domestic violence convictions

• Pre-employment psychological testing and medical examination  


If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify Human Resources at least seven (7) days prior to the event.


The City will also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class.  The background check will include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks, Social Security number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history.  Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointment authority in the selection process.  In obtaining such information, the City will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.


Employees hired into this position shall refrain from the use of all tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco products) during the term of their employment with the City of Woodland.


The City of Woodland hires only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. The City of Woodland is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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