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General Requirements:
  • Minimum age 20 years at the time of application

  • High school graduation or GED or CHSPE equivalent

  • Good moral character with no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving domestic violence

  • U.S. Citizenship, or a permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship

  • Valid California Class C driver's license

Desired but NOT required:
  • College level course work in written and oral communication, Police Science or a related field.

  • Bilingual abilities

  • Knowledge and/or use of computers

Glendale Police Department's Tattoo Policy:

Employees and volunteers shall not have any visible tattoos or body art while on duty -in uniform, in business attire, or in casual dress.

Tattoos and body markings are strictly prohibited if above the neckline of a standard uniform t-shirt or below the wrist. In addition, the following are prohibited whether the tattoo or body marking is visible or not:

  1. The tattoo or body art is of sexually graphic and/or explicit nature;

  2. The tattoo or body art depicts, advocates or symbolizes gender, racial, religious, ethnic or national origin discrimination, or discrimination based on any protected class as defined by law.

  3. The tattoo or body art denotes, or advocates membership to any gang affiliation, criminal enterprise, and/or any group which espouses racial supremacy, advocates violence, degrades any section of society, and/or symbolizes, depicts or advocates illegal drug use;

  4. The tattoo or body art depicts, symbolizes, or advocates the violent overthrow of the State of California or federal government, and/or violence against the State of California or federal government or any division thereof.


Tattoos and/or body markings which are not prohibited shall be completely covered by authorized uniform (e.g. long sleeve uniform), business, or casual dress attire. Employees who have tattoos and/or body art that are visible while wearing approved uniform shorts, shall completely cover them with long uniform pants.




(a) Those employees working in an undercover assignment and while in an undercover capacity may apply for a temporary exemption from the Chief of Police via the chain of command.


(b) Those employees who have been previously approved for visible tattoos acquired prior January 1, 2018, shall be exempt from this policy as to the tattoos listed and documented. An employee exempt under this section of the policy who subsequently acquires additional visible tattoos and/or body markings shall no longer qualify for an exemption under this section.


Exceptions to this policy may only be approved by the Chief of Police via the chain of command.

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Requirements for Non-sworn Positions:

Police officers (including Lieutenants, Sergeants, and Captains) are considered sworn positions. Other positions within the Police Department, such as Crime Scene Investigators, Custody Officers, and Communications Operators, are referred to as non-sworn. Non-sworn positions typically do not have the same rigorous hiring process as sworn officers.

Non-sworn staff are still required to be of excellent moral character with no felony convictions and may require further testing and background investigations. See the official job bulletin or contact the City of Glendale's Human Resources Department for more information




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