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Thank you for your interest in the Porterville Police Department. We are committed to providing our community with highly qualified and motivated law enforcement professionals who have a genuine desire to serve and protect our community

If you are looking for a law enforcement career where you can excel as part of an organization that respects values, ethics, professionalism, and those we serve, I encourage you to apply to join our ranks. At the Porterville Police Department, we operate as a team and highly value each member of our team.

We encourage anyone interested in joining the Porterville Police Department to come    to our agency to look us over and ask questions. We also encourage you to come ride with us, see what we have to offer, and become a part of a progressive, innovative, and highly professional law enforcement organization.


Police Officer Salary: $5,115- $6,242 per month (base)

Retirement: Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), 2.7%@57 for new members, 2%@50 for classic members (entered law enforcement prior to January 1, 2013).

Health/Dental/Vision Insurance: Employees pay 2% of base salary towards healthcare.

Life Insurance: City pays for $100,000 Life and AD&D Insurance.

Bilingual Pay: City pays extra $40 per month when second language is used in employment.

Vacation Pay: Accrual for full-time sworn employees: 1-5 yrs: 176 hours; 6-10 yrs: 216; 11-15 yrs: 236 hours; over 15 yrs: 256 hours per year.

Holiday Pay: 9 days + 2 floating days per year are included in the vacation accrual rate.

Sick Leave: Earned at a rate of 12 days per year (96 hours).

Special Assignment Pay: 5% for FTO, Corporal, SWAT, HNT, MAIT, UAV / 7.5% for K-9 Officer, Detective.

Educational Pay: P.O.S.T. Intermediate certificate, associate degree, P.O.S.T. advanced certificate, bachelor degree, and master degree each earn an additional 2.5% of base pay.

Experience Pay: 2.5% for 5 years of service, 2.5% for 10 years of service, 2.5% for 15 years of service, 2.5% for 20 years of service.

Annual Uniform Allowance: $1,100 per year

Take-Home Cars: Officers who live within the city are permitted to take their car home. K-9 officers shall be eligible for a take home vehicle provided they reside within 40 miles of the Porterville Police Department.

Housing Incentive: $10,000

For more information on pay and benefits for Police Officer or other employee positions within the department, please click here.


  • Application
  • Oral Interview
  • Chief's Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Psychological Examination
  • Medical Examination


In person: Applications are available at: Porterville City Hall291 N. Main Street, Porterville, CA 93257
On-line: Click here to display the Employment Application
By telephone: To request an application package, please call 559-782-7441

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