Entry Level Police Officer

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • Mar 16, 2021
Full Time Public Safety

Job Description

Ride BART to a satisfying career that lets you both: 1) make a difference to Bay Area residents, and 2) enjoy excellent pay, benefits and employment stability. BART is looking for people who like to be challenged, work in a fast paced environment, and have a passion for connecting over 400,000 daily riders to work, school and other places they need to go. BART offers a competitive salary, comprehensive health benefits, paid time off, and the CalPERS retirement program.

Pay and Benefits

BART offers comprehensive compensation and benefits programs. Benefits include CalPERS pension; excellent medical (effective January 1, 2020 current employee cost $150.44 monthly for most plans), vision, and dental coverage; supplemental insurances; paid holidays and vacation; as well as two investment programs, one of which is entirely funded by BART. BART does not participate in Social Security. Complimentary BART passes for employee and qualifying dependents.

Pay Rate

$5,698.49/ Monthly (Base Salary - While in Academy)
$6,458.29/ Monthly (Base Salary - Upon Academy Completion)
$7,597.99/ Monthly (Base Salary - Upon FTO Completion)

Posted Date

February 1, 2021

Closing Date

April 16, 2021

Days Off


Who May Apply

All current BART employees and qualified individuals who are not yet BART employees.


Under general supervision, the entry-level police officer performs a variety of peace officer duties involving the protection of life and property, providing information and assistance to the public, enforcement of laws and ordinances, conducting criminal investigations and crime prevention and suppression activities; and performing related work as assigned.

Entry-Level Police Officer: Selected candidates will be required to successfully complete a CA POST-mandated Basic Police Academy, a Field Training Officer (FTO) Program and successfully complete a one-year probationary period (from the date of graduation from the Academy). Following the completion of the probationary period, patrol shift assignments are made on a seniority basis. Officers may be required to work weekends, nights, and holidays.

Essential Job Functions

  • Patrols a designated area in a radio vehicle or on foot to protect life and property and deter crime.
  • Responds to suspicious activities and answers emergency calls for services.
  • Enforces District, city, county or state and federal laws and ordinances.
  • Assists in settling disputes, calming angry patrons and providing crowd direction and control.
  • Makes presentations to community and employee groups regarding personal safety and criminal activities.
  • Secures information from the parties at an incident scene and collects, documents and prepares evidence for court.
  • Prepares affidavits for arrest and/or search warrants, files criminal complaints and coordinates investigative activities with other law enforcement agencies.
  • Transports prisoners to booking facilities and processes them.
  • Maintains accurate records and writes incident and crime reports.
  • Works with investigative and legal personnel and presents testimony in court.
  • Enforces traffic and parking regulations, investigates traffic accidents and directs traffic.
  • Serves warrants and subpoenas.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Possession of a high school diploma, GED or recognized equivalent. College credits, military or customer service experience are desirable.
Knowledge of:
•Basic law enforcement terminology and concepts.
•Techniques for dealing with varied groups of people.
•Standard record keeping and report writing procedures and techniques.
Ability to:
•Observe and accurately recall places, names, faces and incidents.
•Understand and follow oral and written directions.
•Interpret and apply complex laws, procedures and policies.
•Analyze situations and make rapid, sound independent judgments within legal and procedural guidelines.
•Use two-way radio communication equipment effectively.
•Drive a motor vehicle safely.
•Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
•Maintain accurate records and prepare clear, concise and competent reports.
Other Requirements:
•Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.
•Must be physically able to drag a body weighing up to 165 pounds.
•Must be physically able to lift and carry equipment and boxes weighing up to 50 pounds.
•Must be able to meet physical, psychological and background standards.
•Must obtain required P.O.S.T. certification.
•Must remain firearm qualified.
•Must be able to work various shifts, weekends, holidays and overtime.
** Applicants applying for the Entry Level Police Officer position may also be eligible for consideration for the following positions (upon completion of the selection process; based on qualifications and District needs): Police Admin Specialist, Revenue Protection Guard or Community Services Officer.

Selection Process

This position is represented by the BART Police Officers Association (BPOA).
All eligible applicants will be invited to the POST written examination and the physical agility examinations. Applicants must then successfully pass tests to move on to the next phases of the selection process.
The selection process will include 4 phases. Candidates must pass each phase to move on to the next phase of the selection process.
Phase 1: POST written exam and the WSTB physical agility test.
Phase 2: Minimum Qualifications screening.
Phase 3: Oral panel interview and a writing demonstration review.
Phase 4: Background investigation (inclusive of medical, psychological, and polygraph exams).
** PLEASE NOTE the entire selection process may take up to 6 months to one year. **

The successful candidate must have an employment history demonstrating reliability and dependability; provide copies of certificates, diplomas or other documents as requested and/or required by law, including those establishing his/her right to work in the U. S.; pass a pre-employment medical examination which includes a drug and alcohol screen, and which is specific to the essential job functions and requirements. Pre-employment processing will also include a background check. (Does not apply to current full-time District employees unless specific job requires additional evaluations). **Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply online for police officer 6 months from the date of your interview by visiting our website at www.bart.gov/jobs for a listing of open positions**

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND OUR POST Written Exam or the Physical Agility Test, you may register and take your tests with The Academy. Go to http://theacademy.ca.gov/tests to register. The Academy charges a non-refundable materials fee of $10 for the written test, $25 for the practice PAT, and $100 for the official PAT. Please Note: There is no cost to take your tests with BART. Active Duty and Reserve Military members are waived from the Physical Agility Test for police officer.

POST will not authorize you to take the exam within 30 calendar days of having taken your last POST written exam (Note: POST will not issue a T-Score for the exam). Please refer to POST (http://www.post.ca.gov/) for any further questions or concerns you may have regarding this issue.

Application Process

External applicants may only apply online, at www.bart.gov/jobs.

Current employees are strongly encouraged to apply online, either at www.bart.gov/jobs, or on WebBART. Current employees may also apply using a BART paper application by delivering the completed form to the Human Resources Department, or by mailing it to P. O. Box 12688, Oakland, CA 94604-2688.

All applicants are asked to complete the application in full, indicating dates of employment, all positions held, hours worked, and a full description of duties. On line applicants are invited to electronically attach a resume to the application form to provide supplemental information, but should not consider the resume a substitute for the application form itself.

Applications must be complete by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and above), religion, national origin (including language use restrictions), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), ancestry, marital status, military status, veteran status, medical condition (cancer/genetic characteristics and information), or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

The BART Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities or for religious reasons. Please advise the Human Resources Department of any special needs in advance of the examination by emailing at least 5 days before your examination date at bpdemployment@bart.gov.

Qualified veterans may be eligible to obtain additional veteran's credit in the selection process for this recruitment (effective Jan. 1, 2013). To obtain the credit, veterans must attach to the application a DD214 discharge document or proof of disability and complete/submit the Veteran's Preference Application no later than the closing date of the posting. For more information about this credit please go to the Veteran's Preference Policy and Application link at www.bart.gov/jobs.


ENTRY-LEVEL POLICE OFFICER: Candidates will be required to successfully complete a CA POST-mandated Basic Police Academy and successfully complete a one-year probationary period from the date of graduation from the Academy. Lateral Peace Officer (and Academy Graduates): All laterals and police academy graduates are required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period from the date of hire. Laterals must have a CA POST Basic Certificate and be currently employed as a full-time salaried Peace Officer in the state of California. Academy graduates must have successfully completed a CA POST-mandated Basic Academy within three years of appointment.

Job Address

Oakland, California United States View Map