Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I apply for a Police Officer or Professional Staff position?
A: You can apply online by visiting

Q: How do I know if the City of Roseville is hiring for a Police Officer or Professional Staff position?
A: Check the City of Roseville’s "Current Job Openings" web page at: and review the list of job announcements.

Q: What is P.O.S.T.?
A: P.O.S.T. refers to the Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training.  P.O.S.T. sets the minimum standards for all participating California agencies and academies. For more information, the P.O.S.T. website offers a wealth of information on issues regarding law enforcement job requirements, training standards, certification, etc. (

Q: I took the P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB).  Will you accept my T-Score in lieu of taking the Police Officer Trainee written exam?
A: We do not accept the T-Score in liew of taking our written exam. We chose not to use the P.O.S.T. PELLET-B exam so that there is no limit to the number of times that a candidate can take the test with a 6 month time frame.  Study guides are available for our Police Officer Trainee written exam. Visit the Prepare for the Written Exam page for additional details about our exam and how to purchase a study guide.

Q: Does the Roseville Police Department have its own academy?
A: No, however the Roseville Police Department sends Police Officer Trainees to academies operated by the Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento Sheriff's Department.

Q: As a Police Officer Trainee, am I paid while I am in the Police Academy?
A: Absolutely! You become a paid employee of the City of Roseville once you begin the Police Academy and will be paid at the current rate of a Police Officer Trainee while in the academy.

Q: What stages are there in the hiring process?
A: The hiring process consists of a written exam, physical agility test, oral board interview, intensive background investigation, voice stress analysis exam, and Chief's interview. If offered a conditional job offer, a medical examination and psychological suitability assessments will also be conducted. Applicants must successfully complete each phase of the selection process to continue in the hiring process. Learn more about how to prepare for the hiring process by visiting the Prepare for the Hiring Process page. 

Q: How long does the hiring process take?
A: The entire hiring process typically takes three to six months to complete, although the exact time is subject to a variety of factors.

Q: What special assignments are available at the Roseville Police Department?
A: Qualified personnel may apply for the following full-time rotational and collateral assignments as they become available:

Full-Time Rotational Assignments

Collateral Assignments

  • Investigations
  • Traffic (Motors)
  • DUI Enforcement Officer
  • Vice and Narcotics Enforcement Team (VNET)
  • K9 Officer
  • Crime Suppression Unit (CSU)
  • Youth Service/School Resource Officers (YSO)
  • Regional Narcotics Task Force (SIU)
  • Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATTF)
  • Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
  • Rapid Containment Team (RCT)
  • Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT)
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
  • Field Training Officer (FTO)
  • Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)
  • Public Information Officer (PIO)
  • Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)
  • Honor Guard
  • Peer Support Team

Q: Once I am hired by the Roseville Police Department, do I have to go directly to the Patrol Division or can I request assignment into a specialized unit?
A: All officers must complete their one year probationary period before testing for a specialized unit. This requirement can only be waived under very special circumstances and typically requires special skills and abilities that cannot be found in other officers who are eligible for transfer.

Q: What is the typical work schedule for Patrol Officers?
A: Patrol Officers work a modified 3/12, 4/11 schedule which means you have 4 days off every 2 weeks.

Q: How are shifts and days off in the Patrol Division determined?
A: On a semi-annual basis, all patrol officers bid for their preferred shift, days off, and beat assignments based on their seniority within the department.