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Folsom Police Department Patrol Car in Front of City HallWhat it Takes to Become a Folsom Police Officer

The Basics

  • Entry-level candidates are currently in a POST Basic Academy, recently graduated from a POST approved Basic Academy, and/or are currently working as a peace officer for a recognized law enforcement agency, but who have not obtained a POST Basic Certificate.
  • Lateral candidates are currently working for a recognized law enforcement agency, have successfully completed the probation period for that agency, and possess a State of California POST Basic Certificate.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Currently enrolled in or completion of POST approved Basic Academy by hire date (entry-level candidates)
  • Possess POST Basic Certificate (lateral candidates)
  • 1+ year of law enforcement experience (lateral candidates)
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Possess a valid California driver license

Our department's community policing approach means that officers work in partnership with our community to solve problems and prevent crime. Our ideal candidates would:

  • Be good communicators and be able to meet and deal with the public tactfully and effectively.
  • Be able to analyze situations and adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action.
  • Have knowledge of police methods and procedures, criminal law, and criminal procedures.

See the detailed job description and qualifications to learn more about this position.

Benefits of Being a Folsom Police Officer

In addition to the benefit of working in a wonderful, supportive community, our police officers also receive:

  • Generous pay and benefits
  • Up to 10% for education incentive and certification pay for advanced POST certificates
  • On-duty workout time
  • Bilingual pay
  • FTO Pay
  • 4/10 or 3/12.5 work schedules
  • Special assignments such as bicycle, K-9, investigations, motors, mounted, school resource, and SWAT