Careers with the Salinas Police Department

Join Our Team

We're proud of our officers and staff, and of the standard they set for commitment, professionalism, and innovation at the leading edge of law enforcement. Does that sound like a standard you’d like to meet?

If so, we’d like to talk to you. Please check here at and at calopps.org for news of our next hiring round.

We’re especially looking for candidates from Salinas or the surrounding region. Skills in more than one language and culture are a big plus.

We're looking for new and experienced police officers, as well as police services technicians and an administrative secretary.

Salary & Benefits

The monthly salary for a police recruit is $4,604. After graduation from the police academy, recruits are promoted to Police Officer. The annual salary for a police officer ranges from $5,877 to $7,501 per month, or $70,524 to $90,012 per year. See the attached job description and details of benefits.

The salary for a police services technician is between $16.96 and $21.64 per hour. See the attached job description.

The salary for an administrative secretary is between $21.96 and $28.02 per hour. See the attached job description.

Minimum Requirements

High School diploma or G.E.D. At least 21 years old at time of appointment to Police Officer. Must be a U.S. citizen or have applied for citizenship before application for Police Officer. Valid California Driver's License. Vision of 20/100, corrected to 20/30 in each eye and normal color acuity.

We value the experience lateral officers bring to our department and strongly encourage lateral applications.

For Information regarding appointments or any other employment questions, please call (831) 758-7164.

Apply via CalOpps.org

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