Selection Procedure - Academy Graduates & Laterals
The City of Escondido encourages the applications of bilingual persons, women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. We will attempt to reasonably accommodate applicants with disabilities upon request.
Step 1: Application for Academy Graduates and Laterals
Applications for Police Officer Trainees are generally handed out twice a year. If you wish to be notified of the next application date, you should contact the Human Resources Department at City Hall, or the Training Division of the Police Department, and request an interest card to be put on file. Cards remain on file for one year from the following application period.
Fully completed City applications are required and may be completed online at: www.escondido.org
If you have any questions regarding the application process please feel free to contact the Human Resources Department at 760-839-4643.
The most qualified candidates will be invited to appear for testing.
Step 2: Testing
Types of tests may include an oral examination, physical agility, practical exam or other appropriate selection evaluation.
Physical Agility Test - consists of five timed events:
- 99 yard Obstacle Course - 25 seconds time allowance
- 165 lbs. Body Drag (30 feet) - 28 seconds time allowance
- 6 foot Wood Fence Climb - 14 seconds time allowance
- 6 foot Chain-link Fence Climb - 13 seconds time allowance
- 500 yard Run - 110 seconds time allowance
For this test, appropriate clothing should be worn. Shorts or loose-fitting clothes that do not restrict arm and leg movements, along with a comfortable athletic shoe, are suggested.
Oral Interview - an appraisal of general experience, education, employment record and stability; and any other factors related to your readiness to begin a police career. This interview is usually conducted by representatives from both the Police Department and the City's Human Resources Department.
When testing is completed, candidates will be ranked on an eligibility list in the order of their test scores. If you are successful in ranking among the top 10% on the eligibility list, you will be invited to continue with the next phase of the selection process.
Step 3: Background Information Packet
You will receive a Background Information Packet and instructions on how to complete it. Upon completion, you should return the packet to the Background Investigator's Office. You may be called for an appointment at a later date.
Step 4: Background Investigation
The Police Department will conduct a thorough investigation of your background. You will be requested to authorize organizations and individuals who know you to release and verify relevant information about you. The investigator will check into your employment history, credit status, driving record, possible criminal activity, and other pertinent information. An in-depth background interview will also be scheduled by the investigator.
Step 5: Polygraph Examination
The next step is the polygraph examination. This involves being connected to a polygraph machine (lie detector) while answering questions about such things as your application information, health, prior employment, possible alcohol and drug usage, economic condition, driving record, etc. During this session, the polygraph examiner will assess the truthfulness of your responses.
Step 6: Captain's Interview
A designated representative of the Chief of Police will interview you and a tentative job offer may be made, contingent upon the successful completion of steps 7 and 8.
Step 7: Psychological Evaluation
You will then meet with a professional psychologist for an evaluation of your fitness for police work; and may be required to take both a written and an oral examination.
Step 8: Medical Examination
Lastly, you will be scheduled for a medical examination conducted by a physician designated by the City of Escondido who will determine whether you meet the medical standards required to be an Escondido Police Officer.
Step 9: Job Offer
Upon successful completion of the steps 1-8, a formal job offer may be given.
If you have any questions about this process, please call the City of Escondido Human Resources Department at 760-839-4643, or the Escondido Police Department Recruitment Officer at 760-839-4795.