Join Bakersfield Police Department

Join The

Bakersfield Police Department

The Bakersfield Police Department is proud to protect the residents, businesses, and visitors of Bakersfield. Our department is growing and our community desires police officers who represent and will uphold the values of our citizens.

Police officer candidates who are compassionate, professional, accountable, and possess a passion for public service are highly encouraged to apply. The Bakersfield Police Department strongly believes that having the best employees provides the best service to the community and makes us the sound of something better.

Hiring Process

The process of joining the Bakersfield Police Department is a rigorous one! From the written exam to the captain’s interview,  we’ve got you covered.

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We want each and every applicant succeed during their process. We’ve laid out guidelines on how to prepare for each test and interview in the hiring process.

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Learn about our agency, mission, and philosophies. Meet our leadership and find out if our agency would be a good fit for you and your professional aspirations.

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We’ve put together some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the hiring process and qualifications for joining the Bakersfield Police Department.

contact a recruiter

Interested in taking the next step to join our department? Contact a recruiter to have your questions answered.


The Bakersfield Police Department partners with our community to protect the lives and property of the people we serve.

We strive for compassion, accountability, and professionalism in all we do. 

Join the Team

Learn about being on our team, salary, benefits, requirements, and more.

The Testing Process

Learn about the various test phases and how you can be prepared to succeed.

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The Training

Find out more about the police academy and the field training program.