Applying to become a Police Officer can feel like a job in itself. It’s the nature of the law enforcement business.

Find the answers to all the burning questions you have about the recruitment process and beyond below.



1. What is the status of my application?

Once your application has been vetted, you will be contacted by a Fremont PD Recruiter who will let you know what your next action should be.

If you have a specific question about your application, we’re available on live chat from:

  • Tuesday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

You may also email, or call/text us at (510) 404-8934.



2. What is the next step in the process?

On average, the entire recruitment process spans from 3 to 6 months and requires around 10 steps depending on whether or not you have completed a POST-certified Academy and/or previously worked at another agency. Please visit our recruitment process page to find a step-by-step guide for what you can expect as you move through FPD recruitment.



3. What areas of the recruitment process are waived for Lateral Officers and Academy Graduates?

The Written Exam, Physical Agility Test, and of course Academy training itself, are waived for both Lateral Officers and Academy Graduates. Lateral Officer applicants also skip the Oral Board Interview and move straight to the Lieutenant’s Panel Interview after their Personal History Questionnaire has been reviewed and approved.



4. What are the minimum requirements to be accepted?

California Government Code Section 1031 requires that peace officers be citizens of the United States, have a high school diploma or the equivalent, possess a Class C California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record, and be 20.5 years of age at the time of applying and 21 years of age at the time of appointment.

If you are a permanent resident and wish to become a Police Officer, you must be eligible for and have applied for citizenship, and be a U.S. citizen at the time of appointment.



5. Do I need a college degree to apply?

No, the only education requirement is a high school diploma, GED, or CHSPE. Above all else, Fremont PD values the life experiences that our Police Officers bring with them every day to their job. You’ll be speaking with members of the public from all walks of life and put in many new situations each shift. Education, prior job experience, and military service all equip you with skillsets that can help you navigate your future career as a Police Officer.



6. What is the starting pay?

Academy salary: $8,074 monthly

Officer salary: $8,881 – $10,798 monthly depending on qualifications

In addition, FPD offers a $10,000 signing bonus. Newly hired Police Officers receive $5,000 at the date of hire and $5,000 after successful completion of Probation.



7. Does Fremont PD currently have open jobs?

Yes, we are currently hiring Police Officers and 911 Dispatchers.

Please visit to learn more.



8. Who can I talk to regarding the testing process?

We’re available on live chat from: 

  • Tuesday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

You may also email, or call/text us at (510) 404-8934.

Additionally, there are many comprehensive resources available to help you prepare for the testing portion of the recruitment process, including:



9. When are the next Oral Board Interviews?

Oral Board Interviews typically take place 1 to 2 weeks after the Personal History Questionnaire. However, for candidates who are located over 150 miles away from Fremont, the Department often offers an accelerated process over the course of 2 to 4 days that includes the Physical Agility Test, Oral Board Interview, and the Lieutenant’s Panel Interview. For the next available Oral Board Interview date, please contact



10. When is the next Academy date and where?

If you are hired, Fremont will sponsor you in a local Academy that has the closest start date to your final job offer. These typically include various Bay Area Academies. You can find a list of all POST-certified Academies and further information about each one at



11. What is the Department’s tattoo policy?

While on-duty or representing the Department in any official capacity, tattoos or other body art shall be concealed. Only minimal and brief incidental exposure of tattoos or body art is permitted (e.g., when reaching or stretching out of a normal stance or position).



12. What is your passing NTN exam score?

This exam is pass/fail. Minimum passing scores for Fremont Police Department are as follows:

  • 65% on the video section
  • 70% on the reading section
  • 70% on the writing section



13. What is your passing POST PELLETB score?

This exam is pass/fail. The minimum accepted T-Score by Fremont Police Department is 51.



14. What is your passing WSTB score?

FPD candidates can submit WSTB results that are within one year of the application date to satisfy the Physical Agility Test requirements. The minimum WSTB score accepted is 384, and the 1.5 mile run is disregarded.



15. What benefits does Fremont Police Department offer?

Benefit highlights include:

  • On-site gym with treadmills, bikes, weights, and locker rooms
  • Outdoor basketball court and fitness area, plus access to on-site trainer
  • Towels and water
  • CalPERS retirement plan:
    • PEPRA Member – 2.7% @ 57
    • Classic Member – 3% @ 55
  • $2,180 monthly City contribution toward medical and dental; vision provided through Fremont Police Association (FPA)
  • $1,750 annual Uniform Allowance ($500 for first year)
  • $50K City-paid life insurance

For a comprehensive list of benefits, please visit our benefits and wellness page.



16. What kinds of training should I expect after I get hired as a Police Officer?

It takes approximately one year of training before a Police Officer is ready to perform their duties on their own. You’ll start by attending a 6-month POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Basic Training Academy with salary.

Once you graduate, you will be promoted to Police Officer and start in-house training that includes 3 to 4 weeks of procedural and policy training, report writing preparation, meeting the team, etc. Then you’ll embark on a minimum of 19 weeks of Field Training Program with a Field Training Officer.

Beyond this initial training, FPD regularly sends Officers to training sessions throughout the state and country, including topics such a search and arrest warrants, basic crisis negotiations, interacting with canines on patrol, tactical patrol operations, trauma exposure and management, and intelligence-led investigations, based on appointment to the position.



17. If I’m not selected, when can I re-apply?

This will depend on where in the application process you were disqualified.

  • If you fail the written exam, you can re-apply immediately and submit a new, passing score. Re-test periods are 30 days for PELLETB and 3 months for NTN.
  • Six months from date of application if you:
    • Were disqualified following your Oral Board Interview
  • One year from date of application if you:
    • Failed the Personal History Questionnaire
    • Were disqualified following your Lieutenant Panel Interview
  • One year from failed notification of:
    • Polygraph Exam; if failed twice, you must wait two years from first time failed
    • Background Check
    • Executive Panel Interview
    • Medical/Psychological Evaluation