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Qualifications

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Age

21 years or older by graduation from the basic academy.

Vision

20/20 each eye corrected, 20/80 each eye uncorrected, and normal color vision.

Hearing

Normal hearing acuity.

Height/Weight

Weight proportionate to height in accordance with recognized standards

Education

High school graduate or equivalent. College education is desirable, however not required.

Citizenship

California law requires that a police officer candidate be a United States citizen, or that a non-citizen be a permanent resident alien who, in accordance with the requirements of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), is eligible and has applied for citizenship.

During the selection process, each non-citizen is required to prove that INS accepted his/her application for citizenship prior to the date the police officer written test was taken.

California State law also requires that citizenship be granted within three years after the employment application date. For information regarding citizenship requirements, contact the INS.

License

Must possess a valid California Driver’s License or be eligible and willing to immediately apply for one (must have license at time of appointment).

Personal Background

Whittier police officers are entrusted with the responsibility to keep our community safe from crime. Therefore, a history of ethical and moral behavior is of the utmost importance. Your background will be looked at very closely. Candidates who have a history of unethical or immoral behavior will not be hired. You will be subjected to an intensive background evaluation, which will include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Your past behavior and the choices you have made must demonstrate positive traits that will support your candidacy for Police Officer and reflect favorably on your character.
  • You must have a history of lawful conduct.
  • You must possess high standards of honesty and integrity as demonstrated by your dealings with individuals and organizations. Falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting information on any document or during the selection process will be closely scrutinized.
  • You must respect the rights of all people and have an appreciation for diversity. A history of domestic violence, physical altercations, or discourteous, abusive, or violent treatment of others may indicate a lack of self-discipline, an unwillingness or inability to cooperate, or a disregard for the rights of others.
  • You must have a history of making responsible choices regarding the use of drugs and alcohol.
  • Your employment and military (if applicable) histories must demonstrate the motivation and success-orientation needed to succeed as a Police Officer.
  • Your financial and driving records must demonstrate responsible decisions and appropriate behavior.

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