Planning, Research and Training Section
About Us: The Planning, Research and Training Section was formed in 1980, under Chief of Police Robert O. Price, for the purpose of training Department personnel and doing research on Department policies and procedures. The "Training Section," as it is normally referred to, is staffed with a lieutenant, a sergeant, five training officers, one recruit training officer, two range masters, and two clerical staff. The section performs a variety of administrative tasks to ensure the Police Department complies with legislative mandates and remains up-to-date on changes in the law. The section works closely with the City of Bakersfield Human Resources Department and plays a large role in the hiring and training of new Police Department employees.
Newly hired police trainees must attend a State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Course or better known as an "academy." The Bakersfield Police Department is a certified P.O.S.T. Basic Course presenter and operates the Bakersfield Law Enforcement Training Academy. Our academy is 900 hours of intense physical and mental training designed to prepare new officers for the rigors of police work. Upon successful completion of the academy, these trainees are appointed as probationary police officers and must complete 17 weeks of Field Training.
The training doesn't stop there! All officers are required to attend firearms qualification once a quarter or four times per year, and P.O.S.T. requires all peace officers to attend 24 hours of continuing professional training every two years. The Department allows its employees three days of business leave each year so they may attend training classes and seminars that will further enhance their skills and knowledge of law enforcement.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is involved in becoming a police officer?
The path to the Police Academy is a rigorous one. Applicants, who are at least 20 ½ years old, begin their journey by filing an application at the City Of Bakersfield Human Resources Department and then taking a lengthy written test. Those who pass the written test must successfully complete a difficult timed 99-yard obstacle course, a 165 pound body drag, a 6-foot chain-link fence climb, a 6-foot solid fence climb and a 500 yard run. Those who succeed in passing the physical agility exam are then invited to an oral interview where their knowledge of law enforcement and its related topics are appraised. Candidates successful in the oral interview are then ranked numerically and a comprehensive background investigation is conducted. Next, applicants who pass their background investigation are made a conditional job offer. The condition - that they pass extensive medical exams, as well as written and oral psychological tests. A select few police officer applicants then attend the 900 hour Bakersfield Law Enforcement Training Academy which, for some, can be extremely grueling - physically and mentally. The payoff for all this work are police officers who are mentally and physically prepared to handle today's law enforcement challenges.
How do I sign-up to test for a position at the Bakersfield Police Department?
If you are interested in testing for a police officer position with the Bakersfield Police Department you can email the Planning, Research and Training Section at RECRUITING@bakersfieldpd.us and request to be notified of upcoming testing. Be sure to include your name and the address you would like the notification to be mailed to within your request. If you are interested in other types of employment with the City of Bakersfield, you can contact the City of Bakersfield Human Resources Department at 661-326-3773 to request to be notified of testing dates for the position/s that interest you.
Additional employment information can be obtained in person at the City of Bakersfield Human Resources Department, 1600 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301, or online at www.bakersfieldcity.us.
What do I do to attend the Bakersfield Law Enforcement Training Academy?
The only way to attend the Bakersfield Law Enforcement Training Academy is to be hired by the Bakersfield Police Department. The testing process includes:
- City of Bakersfield Application.
- A P.O.S.T reading comprehension test.
- A physical agility test.
- Background Process started/D.O.J. Criminal History Check.
- An oral appraisal of the candidate’s qualifications.
- Polygraph Examination.
- Psychological Examination.
- Medical Examination.
What are the educational requirements to become a police officer?
The Bakersfield Police Department requires its applicants to possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. at the time you apply for employment.
If you would like additional information please email the Recruiting Staff at RECRUITING@Bakersfieldpd.us or to speak to a member of the Recruiting Staff please call 661-326-3982.