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Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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To become a Public Safety Officer (PSO) requires a level of dedication to succeed not required of by most careers. A Public Safety Officer performs the role of Police Officer, Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), something accomplished by separate departments in most municipalities. The role of a Police Officer in society is not to be taken lightly, it is a personal commitment that one must make to live a life that is beyond reproach. A Firefighters job requires a high level of bravery and skill to accomplish a dangerous mission. And EMT's need the motivation and interest to care for people in distress during their most difficult moment in life. The job is a serious one, and requires a level of dedication that is sustained throughout your career. 

Basic training, that includes a strenuous 26-week Police Academy, 18 weeks of in-field police training, a 12 week Fire Academy, and 6 weeks of an EMS academy isn't for everyone. It is a continuous time of schooling, training, and physical preparation that culminates into one of the most rewarding career's that you can obtain. If you think that you are up for it, read more about the process and how you can get started!

The first step to a Public Safety career is to do your research. Is this something that you really want to do for the next 30 years? Start by carefully investigating what the job of a Police Officer involves. Talk to friends and family members. Do you know anyone who is or was in law enforcement? 

Next, look into the Department of Public Safety. Have you ever considered becoming a volunteer at the Department? Perhaps a Public Safety Cadet while you are attending college? Not only does this give you a chance to get to know the agency and its culture, but it will open your eyes to the opportunities that exist in the many fields of public service.

Once you have made the decision to proceed further, arrange to participate on a citizen ride-a-long on Patrol and make plans to visit a Fire Station. Ask questions - be informed. Meet the staff in the Recruitment and Selection Unit and introduce yourself. Ask what is expected of you and then:

  1. Contact the City of Sunnyvale Department of Human Resources and express your interest in the position of Public Safety Officer. Find out when the next selection process will begin and formally apply for the position within the required time frame.
  2. Participate in the testing process. Be punctual, dressed appropriately, and ready to spend two to three hours at the testing site that day.
  3. If successful in the first phase, continue in the process. You will be given instructions for what's next. An Oral Board, Psychological and Polygraph examination, Background Investigation and Physical Capabilities demonstration (CPAT) lie ahead.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Equivalent to an Associates of Arts/Science degree from an accredited college or university.


  • At least 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or have applied for U.S citizenship before time of application for Public Safety Officer in Training.

Physical Condition:

  • Physical health, strength and agility necessary to meet the physical demands of police and fire work, as determined by a physical ability test (CPAT) and a medical exam (based on current California POST Commission guidelines).
  • Corrected vision of 20/20 for both eyes together. If vision is less than 20/50, individuals who have successfully worn soft contact lenses for at least one year is also acceptable. Current POST vision guidelines must be met, including those for color binocular and peripheral vision.

Special Requirements:

  • Willingness to attend and participate in a POST Basic Course Waiver Examination workshop located in the State of California.
  • Psychological suitability for police work (determined by a psychological exam as required the California POST Commission guidelines).
  • Ability to pass a comprehensive background investigation which includes polygraph examination, credit history, driving record, criminal history, military and employment records, and character references, (in accordance with the minimum standards for employment issued by the California POST Commission guidelines).

Ability to:

  • Learn, understand, interpret and apply State and local laws and regulations, departmental policies and procedures, and other technical literature pertaining to California law enforcement.
  • React quickly and calmly in emergency or hazardous situations and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Make sound decisions within established guidelines.
  • Learn more complex principles, practices, techniques and regulations pertaining to assigned duties.
  • Observe and remember facts and details of incidents.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.


  • Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver's license and a safe driving record.

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