Accessibility mode is enabled

Skip to Top / Tab to View Menu Options
Skip to Left Navigation / Tab to View Content

Position Description 




$77,219 - $130,644/ year

Police Officer is a full time, sworn peace officer with the City of Sacramento. Police Officers are assigned to various divisions within the Police Department to provide law enforcement services to the citizens of Sacramento. All police officers begin their career with the City assigned to the patrol division. After completing two years of full-time service, they may transfer to a variety of units within the department including SWAT, Investigations, Air Operations, Mounted Patrol, Marine Patrol and a host of other exciting assignments. Applicants for this position must select either Police Recruit or Lateral Police Officer (listed below), dependent upon their eligibility. Maximum pay scale shown above reflects inclusion of all incentive pay.

Police Recruit

$43,741 - $50,636 / year

Police Recruit is a paid training classification for the Police Officer position. For those applicants that have not attended a California P.O.S.T. accredited police academy, and desire to be a full-time police officer, this is the position for you. Police Recruits attend the 26-week Sacramento Police Academy at the Northern California Regional Public Safety Training Authority, located in north Sacramento at the deactivated McClellan Air Force Base. At the academy, Recruits will be given the skills and training to begin successful careers as Police Officers for the City of Sacramento.

Once recruits graduate the academy and meet the minimum requirements, they will be sworn in as a Police Officer. Officers are then assigned to the field training unit where they will begin their training as sworn peace officers.


$89,606 - $130,644 / year

 Applicants must possess a valid P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate issued by the State of California and be currently employed as a full- time sworn peace officer in a California P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement agency with two years of full-time sworn peace officer experience. Maximum pay scale shown above reflects inclusion of all incentive pay.

*Applicants who posses a valid P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate but are not currently employed as a full time peace officer, should contact a recruiter as the application process varies slightly from Lateral Officer. Recruiters can be reached at (916) 234-6112 or (916) 808-0880. 


$54,882 - $95,438 / year

To receive incoming telephone calls and dispatch police units as necessary for assistance; perform a variety of general support duties related to communications activities. 

Dispatcher Recruit

$38,727 / year

Dispatcher Recruit is a training classification used for candidates qualified to learn the duties of a Dispatcher I. Incumbents undergo a formal classroom setting, computer lab, and hands-on training program in the Sacramento Police Department's Public Safety Communications Academy for seven weeks. Upon satisfactory completion of the training and graduation from the Academy, the Dispatcher Recruit will be placed on probationary status as a Dispatcher (I) ($54,882 - $66,710) and assigned to the Communications Center for further on-the-job training.

Once the Dispatcher (I) completes probationary status, the Dispatcher (I) flexes to a Dispatcher (II) ($67,109 - $81,571 /year) where duties include receiving emergency and non-emergency telephone calls from the public requesting police, fire, local government service; determine nature and priority; dispatch units as necessary; and/or refer or transfer callers to ensure excellent customer service.

Lateral Dispatcher

$67,109 - $81,571  / year

Applicants must be employed as a full-time law enforcement dispatcher in a Public Safety Dispatch Center within the last six months; and have two years as a full time law enforcement dispatcher in a Public Safety Dispatch Center where duties included answering telephone calls and radio dispatching; and successful completion of the California P.O.S.T. Public Safety Dispatcher Basic Course within 12 months of appointment. 


$54,866 - $66,690

The Community Service Officer (CSO) position is a limited term entry level position designed to help prepare those interested in a career as a police officer with the Sacramento Police Department. CSO’s are a support system to patrol officers and work in the field to assist with a variety of tasks. They take reports on calls such as burglaries, vehicle thefts, and missing persons, and assist with processing scenes, photographing scenes, and scene protection.

Forensic Investigator

$55,052 - $85,565 / year

Forensic investigators perform a variety of functions as it relates to forensic processing and investigation. Better known as CSI (crime scene investigators) they preform forensic processing of crime scenes, examination and processing of evidence at crime scenes, as well as latent fingerprint collection and examination. This is a non-sworn position.

Administrative Analyst

$72,586 - $95,243 / year

The Administrative Analyst performs professional-level duties in one or more internal support areas, including budget, finance, personnel, contracts and grants, procurement, or other assignments supporting law enforcement functions for the citizens of Sacramento. Analysts compile and analyze data, and participate in design and implementation of systems and procedures for the police department.

Police Clerk

$31,454 - $55,868 / year

Police Clerks preform various clerical and general duties in support of law enforcement functions for the police department.

Police Records Specialist

$40,211 - $71,875/ year

Records Specialist prepare and maintain department records. They compile and provide reports to other law enforcement agencies, district attorneys and courts. This includes receiving and taking police reports from the public at one of several police facilities in the city.




The Student Trainee class is designed to enable college students to prepare for employment upon graduation. Employment in this class entails a wide variety of fundamental tasks in order to familiarize students with the practical application of academic theory. During the academic term, hours are normally limited to a maximum of twenty hours per week. During academic vacation periods this limit does not apply and students may work full-time.

Please note, this position is only posted periodically. If this position is not currently listed as an open position, students can Follow this Link and click "Subscribe"  to receive a notification when the position re-opens.


The Cadet Program is a volunteer program designed for hardworking, ambitious young adults who represent our Community. If you desire a career in law enforcement and want to experience various aspects of police service including: Leadership,Team Building, Critical Thinking, Community Events, Self-Defense, Traffic Control, Police Scenarios, Investigations, and more. Click Here for additional information or Complete an Application to apply.


To review Class Specifications in greater detail, including salary and full benefits information, Click Here and search for each desired position
Click Here to review our Recruiting Brochure