Deadline for application November 5, 2021

Apply below to get the invitation and location information.


*Due to COVID Restrictions-Agility Testing will be held at a later date.*



Submit your application online through the City of Santa Barbara website.


Written Exam (Requires a passing score of "45" on the CA Post PELLETB Exam within the last 6 months):


If your application meets the minimum requirements, you will be invited to take a written exam.  The Santa Barbara Police Department currently uses what is known as the PELLETB- POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery.


More information on the PELLETB exam and a link to a study guide can be found on POST's website.




Physical Agility Exam:


Typically the physical agility exam will be conducted on the same day as the written exam.  The physical agility exam consists of the following events (subject to change):


  1. 500 yard run: 1 minute 55 seconds to complete- Pass/Fail

  2. Sprint and 165 LB dummy drag: Under 35 seconds to complete -Pass/Fail

  3. 6 foot solid wall and sprint: Under 35 seconds to complete- Pass/Fail

  4. Max push-ups (1 min)











Oral Board:


If you pass both the written and physical agility exams, you will be asked to submit a Personnel History Statement (PHS).   If your PHS meets minimum State requirements, you will be invited to take part in an oral board interview.  The oral board interview is a panel interview consisting of approximately 10-15 questions.  The oral board panel is typically made up of 3-4 SBPD Sergeants or Lieutenants.  The interviews typically run approximately 35 minutes in length.  Generally, the questions are related to the following areas:


  1. Your interest and preparation for a career in law enforcement

  2. Scenario based (What would you do if…)


The following are a few sample oral board questions:


  1. Tell us a little about yourself and why you are interested in a career in law enforcement?

  2. You are shopping at a convenience store, when you observe someone stealing several items.  In detail, explain to us what you would do.


Personal History Statement (PHS):


You will be required to fill out a Personal History Statement.  The personal history statement is a comprehensive background informational document that will be utilized as a reference throughout your background investigation.  We utilize a PHS provided by California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).


You can download the PHS from POST’s website.


Background Investigation:


If you successfully pass your oral board, you may be invited to begin the background process.  The background process typically takes about two months.  During the background process, an investigator will be assigned to follow up on your PHS.  You will also be scheduled for a polygraph exam.


Chief’s Interview:


Once your background investigation is completed, a determination will be made as to whether or not you will continue in the process.  If you do continue, you will be scheduled for an interview with the Chief.  Often times, the Chief will have staff members also sit in on the interview.  During the Chief’s interview, you can expect to be asked another series of questions related to your desire to enter the law enforcement profession. 


Conditional Job Offer:


If you successfully pass your Chief’s interview, you will be given a conditional job offer.  This job offer will be contingent on you passing both a medical and psychological evaluation.


You're Conditionally Hired:


Once you pass the medical and psychological evaluations, you’re hired! 


Congratulations!  Now your academy preparation will begin.