Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General

Q:  Where may I obtain information regarding employment opportunities with the City of Huntington Beach?

A:  Current job openings that are open to the public are listed under Full Time Jobs Available and Part Time Jobs Available on the City's web site. If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, you may apply online. Applications must be submitted no later than the posted closing date and time.

Q:  Do I have to resubmit an application for a similar job, just a different title?

A:  YES. Human Resources must receive an application for each position for which there is a job announcement.

Q:  I see that you have various types of jobs. Can I submit an application for any of these positions at any time?

A:  NO. Human Resources can only accept applications for those positions that are currently under active recruitment. However, you may request a notification online for positions not currently under recruitment. Submit an online Job Interest Card. When the recruitment for that job category is posted, you will receive an email notification.

Q:  Should I attach a resume?

A:  This is optional. Please note, however, that a resume will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. You may not state "See Resume" on the application.

Q:  I'm applying for a position that requires proof of meeting a typing speed. Where can I get a typing test?

A:  Some local colleges or employment agencies will offer testing services for a fee.

Two places in Huntington Beach are: Focus Employment, Inc. (714) 465-4015 and Huntington Beach Adult School (714) 842-4227. You are advised to call ahead to inquire if an appointment or a fee is required. A typing certification obtained from a public agency is also acceptable. Typing certifications must be on company letterhead or a formal certificate with company logo. It must also include the name and phone number of the person to call for verification of test results. Please note that typing certificates obtained over the internet are NOT acceptable.

Q:  How will I know if my application has been considered or accepted for the position?

A:  Any time you submit an online application, there is automatic confirmation that your application submittal was successful. At any time during the course of the recruitment process, you may check the status of your application by logging onto your account at governmentjobs.com. It is important that email addresses and phone numbers provided on the job application be current since this information is used to schedule testing and interviews.

Q:  What is an Eligible List and how does it work?

A:  The Eligible List is an employment list from which hiring appointments are made. It is created based on the results of the testing process for a particular recruitment. Candidates successful in the testing process are listed in rank order, based on their final test scores. The top five candidates are then certified to the hiring department for further screening, including a possible hiring interview with the Department Director or his/her designee(s).

Q:  When does an Eligible List expire?

A:  An Eligible List may be valid for up to twelve (12) months, unless exhausted sooner.


POLICE

Q:  Do I have to be a US Citizen to work for Huntington Beach Police Department?

A:  US citizenship is required for all sworn police officer positions. Civilian positions require a documented legal right to work in the United States.

Q: What are the minimum qualifications to work for the Police Department?

A:  Sworn officers must be at least 21-years-old by the end of the Academy. All other candidates must be at least 18-years-old. Other qualifications include:

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Excellent physical condition (as demonstrated by a physical agility exam)
  • California driver's license AND satisfactory driving record
  • Good moral character
  • No convictions for felonies or crimes of moral turpitude
  • Ability to work all shifts, weekends, and holidays

Civilian positions may require additional skills or licenses

Q:  Am I too old to start a career in law enforcement?

A:  Although we do have a minimum age, we do not have a maximum age. The candidate must first successfully complete the recruitment process, including the physical agility test and the background investigation. Then, they must successfully complete the Academy. The Academy is VERY intense, both academically and physically. There are after-hours and weekend requirements for all recruits. The successful candidate must be able to devote the time and energy required for such a rigorous schedule.

Q:  What is involved in the selection of a Police Officer?

A:  The selection process is very detailed, and candidates must pass or complete a number of components:

  • Written AND physical agility tests
  • Oral Board (with two or three sworn officers)
  • 40-page Personal History Statement
  • Pre-polygraph interview, Polygraph exam
  • Background investigation, which includes Relatives and References
  • Credit check
  • CDL check and driving history
  • Criminal history, Financial history
  • Employer check (in writing and in person)
  • Neighborhood checks (in person)
  • Captain's Review, Chief's Interview
  • Psychological exam, Medical exam, Drug test

Q:  What Academy would I attend?

A:  The Huntington Beach Police Department uses two Academies, Golden West College and the Orange County Sheriff's Academy. Which one a recruit will attend will depend on when the candidate completes the background process and which Academy will start closest to that date.

Q:  Will I get paid while in the Academy?

A:  Recruit trainees are put on the payroll when they start the Academy. Benefits are also included as specified in the Police Officers Association Memorandum-of-Understanding. In addition, the department will provide most of the required uniforms and equipment.

Q:  Who do I contact if I want more specific information about employment at the HBPD?

A:  The Police Department's Personnel Officer, (714) 536-5936 or Personnel Analyst, (714) 536-5640.

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