The Covina Police Department seeks men and women who understand, possess, and practice the traits Honor, Integrity and Service, and who have a strong desire for a law enforcement career. The law enforcement hiring process is lengthy, arduous, and unlike any process in the private sector. Often, persons whose personal history eliminate them as Covina Police Department candidates needlessly apply. The background process for all positions at the police department is stringent, and often underestimated by police department applicants. Our goal is to provide information to persons interested in a law enforcement career, and to answer questions in order to ensure applicants are fully informed before making the decision to apply. If you wish to learn more about the hiring, background, or testing processes, we invite you to contact Professional Standard's Sergeant Trevor Gaumer by email
or phone 626-384-5601.
On September 7, 2013 applicants for the positions of Police Recruit and Police Reserve officer took part in Physical Agility and Written Tests at the Orange County Sheriff's Academy in Tustin. All newly hired officers that have not already completed academy training, will attend this academy to obtain their Basic P.O.S.T. Certificate.
Important Information - Before you Apply
Personal Appearance / Tattoo Policy / No Exceptions: While on duty or representing the Department in an official capacity, tattoos, body art, body piercings or alterations of the body visible in department issued and authorized uniforms or attire is prohibited. Attempts to conceal tattoos, body art, body piercings or alterations of the body using “Arm bands”, bandages, or any other means is unacceptable. This means tattoos on the hands, fingers, neck and face are disqualifiers. Tattoos on the arm below the length of the short sleeve shirt will require an employee to wear a long sleeve uniform shirt, regardless the summer temperature (no exceptions). If you do not qualify based on this policy please do not apply.
Police Officer Recruit
The Covina Police Department is currently accepting applications for Police Officer Recruit. Testing for the position takes place as needed. Not everyone that applies will be invited to take part in Recruit Testing.
If you are interested in applying, carefully consider whether you're personal history will withstand the scrutiny of an invasive background investigation, and whether your're capable of physically and mentally conquering the stress and demands of a 26 week police academy. Detailed information is available to anyone interested in learning more by contacting Sergeant Trevor Gaumer at (626) 384-5601 or
. Also, carefully review Hiring Process information in its entirety.
Police Reserve Officer
The Covina Police Department is not currently accepting applications for Police Reserve Officer. Testing for the position takes place as needed, and when we begin accepting applications again the information will be posted here.
The goal for the Reserve Officer Program is to maintain a team of five Level II Reserve Officers to work patrol assignments to supplement our patrol force. The Covina Police Department is not presently interested in Level III Reserves, and this position is not considered a stepping stone position for full-time Police Officer. Additionally, the Covina Police Department is not interested in applicants currently working as full-time Police Officers at other agencies. For questions specific to the Police Reserve Officer Program, contact Detective Bureau Sergeant James McDonough at (626) 384-5612 or
The Covina Police Department is not currently accepting applications for the position of Police Jailer.
The Covina Police Department will soon be taking applications for the position of Police Dispatcher on an open and continuous basis. This position is a career position, NOT a stepping stone position for a Police Officer career.
The Covina Police Department is not currently accepting applications for the position of Police Cadet. The Police Cadet Program is for full-time college students only, who are interested in becoming Police Officers after they obtain their college degree. Police Cadets work part-time, an average of 19 hours per week, and perform a variety of tasks throughout the police department, to include Patrol, Detective Bureau, Jail, Records, and Administration. The program is designed to familiarize the Cadet with all aspects of the department, with the goal of developing our future officers from within our agency.
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