Entry-Level Police Officer Eligibility Requirements

  • Education and Experience - Applicant must have high school diploma or possess G.E.D. certificate.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities - Ability to:
    • Observe, learn, understand and interpret various laws, police practices and procedures.
    • Analyze problems and have the potential to rationally and calmly take appropriate action in emergency and stressful situations.
    • Undergo strenuous physical conditioning.
    • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports in English.
    • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with persons of widely varying socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.
    • Understand and carry-out oral and written directions.
  • Other Requirements - Must be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship. Must be at least 20-1/2 years of age at time of appointment. Must possess a valid California Driver’s License at time of appointment. Must meet all requirements for admission to Basic Police Academy recognized by California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training.

Lateral Police Officer Eligibility Requirements

  • Successful completion within previous 3 year period of Basic Police Academy which meets all the requirements of the California Commission on Police Standards and Training (POST)
  • Employment within the last 12 months in position requiring California Basic POST Certificate

Application Process - Apply to be a South Gate Police Officer Applications can be obtained through the City of South Gate Personnel Department.