Recruitment

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The Police Department embraces the power of community policing. Our officers establish genuine community connections, seek innovative solutions to local problems, and maintain high customer service standards.

We are currently recruiting individuals who will bring high-energy, innovation, self-motivation and passion to the time-honored profession of law enforcement.

Menlo Park officers have access to an array of professional and educational options to ensure continued upward mobility. Some of the specialty assignments available include
  • K-9 handler
  • Detective
  • School resource officer
  • S.W.A.T.
  • Hostage negotiation
  • Motorcycle officer
  • Community response team
  • Field training officer,
  • Special investigations.
Many specialty assignments enjoy a fixed 4/10 schedule while patrol teams avoid peak Bay Area commute times by working a rotating 4/12 plan.

The City of Menlo Park provides incentives to employees who enrich their minds through continued education. Officers who obtain their Intermediate POST Certificate receive an additional 5% in pay, while a 10% incentive is offered upon obtaining an Advanced POST Certificate. Bilingual officers also receive an additional 2%.

The Police Department utilizes crime and traffic analysis, mapping, and records management tools to make possible unparalleled crime solving techniques and county-wide interoperability. Each officer is equipped with the modern hardware and software necessary to perform the functions of the job.  A Taser, body camera, electronic citation device, department issued smartphone, rifle-rated ballistic vest, tactical helmet, and other tactical safety equipment are provided by the department.

If you’re interested in applying or learning more about our department, join us for a ride along and get to know the people behind the badge. You can also talk to someone about recruitment directly by calling 650-330-6330. We look forward to meeting you!

Visit menlopark.org/jobs to view our current openings or visit the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Eventbrite page to see upcoming testing dates for the police academy.

Salary schedule

  Step Annual Monthly Bi-weekly Hourly
Police officer A $104,378 $8,698 $4,015 $50.18
  B $109,597 $9,133 $4,215 $52.69
  C $115,076 $9,590 $4,426 $55.32
  D $120,830 $10,069 $4,647 $58.09
  E $126,872 $10,573 $4,880 $60.99
Police recruit         $40.64