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Are the requirements different for each position?

While all sworn positions generally have the same requirements, the requirements for our professional staff (non-sworn) positions vary by job classification. Please see the careers page for details.

Is a bachelor's degree required? Will a degree help me promote in the Department? Do I get paid more with a bachelor's degree?

A bachelor's degree is not required for entry level positions. A bachelor's degree or other levels of education may be required for promotional positions. A bachelor's degree is required for sworn management positions. You will not be paid more for having a degree, however education can be a factor in obtaining higher level P.O.S.T. certificates which do receive compensation.

Is the Police Officer Bilingual position different from a regular Police Officer position?

No. The requirements and duties of these positions are exactly the same with the exception of being fluent in a critical language. Currently, we have a need for those who are bilingual in English/Armenian and English/Korean.

How long is the police academy? Will I have to live at the academy? Do I get paid to go to the academy?

The police academy is 6 months in duration. You will not be living at the academy, however you will be paid while you attend.

How long does the process take to test and go through the background investigation?

The length of the background investigation may vary. You can expect the investigation to last anywhere between 1-3 months depending on various factors. Please remain patient while we conduct investigations; contacting the Police Department regarding your background check will not expedite the process.

I have used drugs in the past. Will I be disqualified?

Use of illegal drugs may be grounds for disqualification, however drug use will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Will I be disqualified if I have credit problems?

Financial responsibility is a factor that will be evaluated during the background process. Each situation is unique and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

How long do I have to stay in Patrol before I can go into other assignments?

At a minimum, you must successfully complete a one-year probationary period. Transfers depend on a number of factors including experience, training and needs of the department.

As a new officer, will I have to work in the jail?

After a few weeks of post academy training, our new officers are immediately assigned to the patrol bureau.

What types of specialized assignments are available?

The Glendale Police Department is a full service agency and has assignments in various units including K9, SWAT, Field Training Officer, Helicopter Pilot, Motorcycle Officer, Detective, Special Enforcement, and multi-jurisdictional task forces.

Do I have to be a citizen to apply?

You must be a citizen or be eligible for citizenship and have applied for citizenship prior to applying for a position as a police officer. Non-sworn professional position applicants must be in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 which means you must provide documentation to establish both authorization to work and your identity.

Is there an maximum age or height requirement?

No. Each applicant will be evaluated for the position they applied for based on the requirements of that position.

If I am a lateral police officer applicant, how much money can I expect to make/earn?

Check the police officer lateral page for up to date salary information