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TEAM UP with Santa Cruz Police Department

Santa Cruz Police is looking for qualified candidates to join our team as Police Officer Trainee, Police Officer Lateral or Academy Graduate. Come join a department that has received national and international acclaim for our innovative strategies. We believe in fostering an environment of strong critical thinking and problem solving skill. Each and every officer in our department embodies a commitment to change and improving the quality of life in Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz Police Department serves a community of over 59,000 citizens. During the summer months, the population may swell to over 90,000. There are 94 sworn officers assigned to such areas as patrol, traffic, parks, community services, downtown, investigation, and undercover task force assignments.



Apply Today!

Police Officer Trainee:
Recruitment (#19-059)

Police Officer Academy Graduate:
Continuously Recruiting (#18-052)

Police Officer Lateral:
Continuously Recruiting (#18-052)

Community Service Officer:
Recruitment CLOSED


Salary, Benefits, and Retirement

Learn more about the salary, sign on bonus, specialty pay, benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision), and retirement we offer by clicking here or on the "documents" tab on the right.

Learn more about our Specialty Units

Learn more about the wide range of Specialty Units Santa Cruz Police Department offers here.

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