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Recruitment and Careers

A Public Safety Officer in the City of Sunnyvale performs the role of police officer, firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT), something accomplished by separate departments in most municipalities.

Since 1950, the City has successfully operated a fully-integrated Public Safety Department, where all public safety personnel are cross-trained to be able to jump from one discipline to the next when needed. This unique model of service has garnered much attention in recent years from other municipalities looking to be more efficient and cost-effective.

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How Do I Apply?

View the City’s job postings
Job Announcements and online application

The application process will include:

  • Written examination
  • Oral Board, Psychological and Polygraph examination, if selected to move forward in process
  • Background Investigation and Physical Capabilities demonstration

What is the Training Process?

The Police Academy includes: 20 weeks of in-field police training; 16 weeks at the Fire Academy; and 7 weeks at the EMS academy

What are the Minimum Qualifications?

Education and Experience

Equivalent to an Associate’s Degree


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

Physical Condition

Physical health, strength and agility necessary to meet the physical demands of police and fire work, as determined by a California P.O.S.T. Physical Agility Test (WSTB) 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 are also acceptable.

Ability to:

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


Valid class C California Driver's License and a safe driving record

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2020