Careers with the Salinas Police Department

Join Our Team

Are you interested in being part of a team that is at the leading edge of law enforcement?

If so, the Salinas Police Department is looking for qualified people to join as officers and staff members.

Women and Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

We're looking for new and experienced police officers, and non-sworn staff positions open up from time to time.

Please see calopps.org for information on open positions.

And check out episodes about SPD on the Spike TV series COPS.

Salary & Benefits

The monthly salary for a police recruit is $4,978. After graduation from the police academy, recruits are promoted to Police Officer. The annual salary for a police officer ranges from $6,674 to $8,944 per month, or $80,094 to $107,337 per year. See the job description at calopps.org.

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.

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

Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem:

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