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The Anaheim Police Department protects and serves the citizens of the city of Anaheim, California. It has been in existence since 1870, when the first town marshal was elected. The department has nearly 600 employees as of 2011, with more than 400 of them being sworn officers. The sworn officers began their careers as cadets who joined a police agency when younger and completed a police academy course.
You begin your career with the Anaheim Police Department by first applying for a position through the city's Human Resources Department. You can wait until you see an opening and apply so that your application will be on file when positions open up. The city uses a typical employment application that asks for your personal information and work history.
To Be Considered
To be considered for a position as a police officer, you need to have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 21 years old, have a weight that is proportional to your height and have at least 20/80 vision that is correctable and normal color vision. You must also be a U.S. citizen or in the process of becoming one. You will also need a California Class C driver’s license, a good driving record and no felony convictions on your record. If you are bilingual, it will be a plus on your application.
Before you are offered a position and sent to the police academy, there are a number of tests and interviews you must first pass. You will need to successfully complete written test, a physical ability test, polygraph test, medical test and psychological test. You will be interviewed orally to gauge your general qualifications, pass a background interview and investigation, pass a psychological interview and be interviewed by the chief of police. If you successfully make it through the hiring process, you will be offered a position with the police department upon completion of the police academy training.
The police academy is a six-month, paid training program to prepare you to become a police officer. The academy involves strenuous physical exercise, classroom instruction, role playing and field instruction in simulated situations that police officers face. Upon graduation from the academy, you become a sworn police officer. This does not mean your training is over, however. You will continue to get on-the-job training from experienced police officers.
James Rada, Jr. was a newspaper reporter for eight years and earned 23 awards from the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Association, Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, Maryland State Teachers’ Association and CNHI. He also worked for 12 years as a marketing communications writer, earning a Print Copywriter of the Year Award from the Utah Ad Federation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications.