Employment with Rialto Police Department

The Rialto Police Department is always seeking qualified individuals to serve our Community. The following outlines the selection process for a police trainee applicant. Additional information can be found on the Police Department's website - Personnel and Training section or on the City website - Human Resource section.

Step #1 Application and Written Exam -  Go to the City of Rialto website (Human Resources) and apply online. Follow the instructions and you will be notified of the test date, time and location.

Step #2 Physical Agility - The physical agility consists of five events; Obstacle Course, Body Drag, Chain Link Fence, Solid Fence, and 500 Yard Run.

Step #3 Preliminary Interview - The applicant will be interviewed to determine his/her qualifications. If successful, the applicant will be given a Personal History Statement (PHS).

Step #4 Background Interview - The applicant will meet with Personnel and Training, and the assigned background investigator. The applicant will be fingerprinted and complete an autobiography.

Step #5 Polygraph Examination - A thorough polygraph examination will be conducted.

Step #6 Background Investigation Starts - A thorough background investigation will be conducted.

Step #7 Department Interview - The Chief of Police and Captains will evaluate the candidates interpersonal skills, oral communication skills, and qualifications. If successful, the candidate will be given a conditional job offer.

Step #8 Medical Evaluation - A thorough medical evaluation will be conducted.

Step #9 Psycological Evaluation - A thorough psycological evaluation will be conducted.

Step #10 Appointment - If the candidate is successful in the previous nine steps, they are scheduled for the police academy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What qualities and characteristics does the Rialto Police Department look for in police officer candidates?

1. Integrity.
2. Professionalism.
3. Good communication skills.
4. Good judgment/common sense.
5. Courage.
6. Self-motivation.
7. Knowledge of the job and the criminal justice system.
8. Discretionary decision-making.
9. Enthusiasm.
10. Team oriented.

What kinds of education & experience should I consider before applying to become a police officer with the City of Rialto?

1. Education: Most of the progressive agencies in California place a high value on a college education. An AA is a good start; but you should always consider higher education. The choice of a major is not nearly as important as the college experience itself.
2. Work experience: A track record as a dependable & reliable employee is just as important as education. The best predictor of future behavior is past performance. Positive job references from a reputable employer are extremely important. Any consistent employment is helpful, however jobs which emphasize public contact, interpersonal communications, dependability and responsibility are the most important.
3. Law enforcement Exposure: Make an ongoing effort to learn about law enforcement. Most agencies have part-time positions. They may be cadets, community service officers, police aides, public safety aides, etc. All provide exposure to the law enforcement environment. Agencies also have volunteer programs that can provide similar exposure and may also lead to employment opportunities.
4. Physical fitness: Start now on an ongoing physical fitness program, since you will need to be in good physical condition to successfully compete for employment and complete a police academy.
5. Moral character: Realize that any poor choices you make, especially as an adult, could jeopardize a future law enforcement career. While perfection is not expected or required, drug use, theft, dishonesty and poor judgment end many careers before they get started.
6. Balance: Above all, successful law enforcement applicants tend to be those who have balance in their lives. All of the above factors are important and development of one to the exclusion of the others will probably frustrate your career efforts.

Below is a list of the most common areas that disqualify applicants for Police Officer positions.

• Use or sale of illegal drugs (contact the training division for additional information).
• Knowingly remaining in place where illegal drugs were used.
• Prior felony arrests and convictions
• Felony probation
• Parole
• DUI conviction(s)
• License suspension(s)
• Traffic accident(s)

Polygraph Exam

• Continued responses indicating deception on questions asked.
• Attempts to defeat the machine (i.e., holding breath, hyperventilating, or taking drugs/alcohol before testing).
• Withholding information from polygraph examiner.
• Admissions to conduct unacceptable.


• Failure to meet the standards as determined by the department psychologist (written and oral interview).


• Falsification and/or omission of any data on personal history statement.
• Untruthfulness to the background investigator.

NOTE: This list is not all inclusive and other information or facts revealed in the detailed background investigation may also be sufficient to disqualify an applicant.

Check here for availible positions or contact any member below:

Sergeant Nicholas Borchard at 909-820-2650

Corporal Jeremy Hintz at 909-421-7201

Office Specialist Deidre Cook at 909-421-4926

The California Commision on P.O.S.T. is a great source of information for anyone seeking a career in Law Enforcement