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With a hard working diverse workforce of over 80 men and women, both civilian and sworn positions, the Newark Police Department serves in many aspects of law enforcement and community service.

We are continually looking for talented people who want to be part of our team and, most importantly, help make a positive difference in the lives of our residents.

With excellent opportunities for career development and advancement, there has never been a better time to see what the Newark Police Department has to offer.

A Career as a Newark Police Officer

The responsibilities of a Newark Police Officer are both exciting and challenging. Officers have the opportunity to work in various areas of interest such as:

  • Patrol
  • K9 Unit
  • Traffic Division/Motor Officer
  • Detective Division
  • Special Enforcement Team
  • Southern Alameda County Major Crimes Task Force
  • School Resource Officer

A career as a Newark Police Officer also offers opportunities in collateral duty assignments such as Range Master, Field Training Officer, Defensive Tactics Instructor as well as several other positions that enrich your career at the Newark Police Department.

The ranks of Sergeant and Commander are achieved by a combination of educational requirements and a competitive examination process. Increase in salaries and responsibilities that come with each promotion are further rewards of a successful career.

A Career with a Future

You can go as far as your determination takes you. Every sworn member of the Newark Police Department, from the highest-ranking position down, began his or her career as a Police Officer. The experience and knowledge you gain, along with the problem-solving skills you develop, can be used anywhere. Become a part of a respected department and experience Newark’s rich culture, diverse neighborhoods and the difference you can make in making Newark a better city.

A career with the Newark Police Department also offers stability, attractive compensation and superb benefits. Compare our starting salary and benefit package with other police departments and major corporations. You will find that few can compete.

  • Starting Salary of $7,647/Month
  • Bilingual Pay of $75/Month
  • Longevity Pay (2.5% at the commencement of 10 years and 5% at 20 years of service)
  • Education Incentive Pay
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Medical, Vision, and Dental Plan coverage for employees and dependents are available at group rates
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Paid Vacation Days
  • PERS retirement
  • 5% Holiday-in-lieu pay
  • Monthly Uniform Allowance

Current Minimum Qualifications


21 years of age at the time of appointment


Good health. Must be free from any physical, mental or emotional condition that would prohibit the full performance of all the essential duties and functions of a Newark officer.


High school diploma, GED, or California High School Proficiency Examination.

Highly desirable: possession of a degree, Associate of Arts or higher, from an accredited college; also, additional course work or advanced skills in the following areas: English, including grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary and composition; reading and comprehension; mathematics (used for traffic accident calculations); typing and computer skills (many officers use computers for reports, and patrol vehicles currently have computers); bilingual; physical fitness; other helpful courses may be social sciences such as sociology and psychology.


No felony convictions and good personal conduct; must possess a California driver license upon appointment to the Academy. The Newark Police Department has strict guidelines relating to the personal characteristics required for employment as a law enforcement officer. During the pre-employment interview, and later during the Background Investigation, a candidate is evaluated relative to an established set of automatic disqualification criteria. Candidates are asked questions relating to the RECENCY AND FREQUENCY of traffic citations, at-fault automobile collisions, illegal drug usage, arrests and convictions.


United States Citizen or permanent resident immigrant who is eligible and has applied for citizenship; must be a United States citizen at time of appointment.

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