Police Officer Trainee Hiring Process


Applications are submitted electronically through the City of Roseville Website here. Please make sure you apply for the Police Officer Trainee Position.  You will need to fill the application out completely and accurately.  We would encourage you to complete your CalOpps profile in advance so when the application period opens, you will only have to make minor edits before submitting your application.  CalOpps will alert you when the application period opens and allow the applicant to apply much faster.  Any questions about the application and process should be directed to Human Resources at 916-774-5475.

Written Exam

Once your application is received and you meet the minimum job requirements, you will be invited to the written exam.  The written exam is administered by the City of Roseville Human Resources Department.  The California POST PELLETB exam will be administered to anyone who does not provide their T-score to the City of Roseville Human Resources Department.  Roseville Police Department accepts a passing T-score of 42.  Please contact the City of Roseville Human Resources Department at 916-774-5475 for questions about submitting a T-Score.  For test preparation please review the practice guide published by POST.  Any questions about the written exam should be directed to Human Resources.

Physical Agility Test

After successfully passing the Written Exam you will be invited to complete the Roseville Police Department physical agility test.  Here is a link to a video explaining our physical agility test:


Oral Panel Interview

After successfully passing the physical agility test you will be scheduled for an oral panel interview.  You will spend approximately 15-20 minutes answering a series of questions designed to evaluate your suitability for the position. We will evaluate your ability to communicate, your level of preparation for the job, and your decision making. 


After successful completion of the Oral Panel, you will be given numerous documents to complete.  This will include the Personal History Statement, which is an extensive collection of past residences, acquaintances, and employment information.  You will bring your completed Personal History Statement and ID to a Questionnaire session.  During the session you will complete a writing exam and a detailed background questionnaire.  The questionnaire will cover personal relationships, group affiliations, financial history, employment history, driving history, and illegal conduct (detected and undetected).  All responses will later be verified through background investigation and CVSA examination.  

Background Investigation

If you are moving on in the hiring process you will be contacted by a member of the Professional Standards Unit to start the background investigation process. The background investigation is a very thorough investigation into your past and current conduct, relationships, and employment history.  An average background investigation can take 4-8 weeks to complete.  You will be expected to provide your assigned investigator with needed documentation in a timely and complete manner.  Dishonesty or omission of information will be cause for disqualification.

CVSA Examination

As part of your background investigation you will be required to submit to a CVSA (Computer Voice Stress Analysis) examination.  The examination is another tool used to verify an applicant’s truthfulness through the process.

Conditional Job Offer

After clearing a background investigation you may be invited to an interview with the hiring authority, usually a Captain and/or the Chief.  This is a formal job interview, after which a conditional job offer may be extended to the applicant.


Applicants with a conditional job offer will be sent to a psychological examination with a doctor prior to employment. 

Medical Exam

Applicants with a conditional job offer will be sent to a medical doctor for a medical screening prior to employment.  


More detailed information on state standards and recommendations for police officer candidates can be found on the California P.O.S.T website.

If you have questions regarding the Roseville Police Department hiring process, please visit the contact a Recruiter page here or call Lieutenant Courtney Scurria at 916-746-1051.