The path to Fremont blue.

Becoming a Police Offer takes time and investment from both the candidate and the Department. We want to make sure you know exactly what to expect during the 3-6 month hiring process.

If you’d like a helping hand in completing the application, fill out the interest card, and we’ll give you a call to walk you through the process.

In addition, we hold quarterly orientation sessions that include a tour of our facility and a chance to talk with Officers.

Below, you’ll find information and the general time frame of the 10 steps you’ll need to take to get suited up for a career at Fremont PD.

Step 1

First things first. Send us your application via the City of Fremont’s Government Jobs portal. Before hitting send, please make sure you meet our basic requirements:

  • You are a citizen of the United States.
  • If you are a permanent resident, you must be eligible for and have applied for citizenship, and be a U.S. citizen at time of appointment.
  • You must be 20.5 years of age at time of filing and 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  • You have a Class C California driver’s license at the time of appointment with satisfactory driving record.
  • You have graduated from an accredited high school, GED, or CHSPE.


Estimated Time:

We’ll reach out to you within 72 hours after submitting the application.



Step 2
Written Exam (waived for Academy Graduates and Lateral Officers)

Sharpen that No. 2 pencil — it’s time to take the NTN Law Enforcement Exam. To register, visit and make sure Fremont Police Department is checked. This test is pass/fail, Fremont PD applicants must score 65% on the video portion, 70% on reading, and 70% on writing.

Alternatively, FPD also will accept POST PELLETB scores. This test is pass/fail, and Fremont PD applicants must receive a 51 or higher.


Estimated Time

We will download your scores within a week of your exam date and will notify you if you passed or failed.


Step 3
Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ)

Once you’ve submitted a passing written score, you will receive a link to take the online PHQ. This helps us complete your Background Investigation in a more efficient, timely manner. Please be thorough and honest. Everyone has made mistakes in their past. Mistakes can be overcome, but honesty is non-negotiable.


Estimated Time:

We will review your results and notify you of your status within 1.5 weeks.



Step 4
Oral Board Interview (waived for Lateral Officers)

We want to get to know you! One of the ways we do this is through an interview with a panel made up of a Police Sergeant, a Police Officer, and a non-sworn Fremont employee.


Estimated Time:

You will receive your results 1-2 weeks after your interview.



Step 5
Physical Agility Test (PAT) (waived for Academy Graduates and Lateral Officers)

It’s time to get moving. Candidates must successfully maneuver the following events and score 384 points for the WSTB or 316 points for the FPD PAT to advance to the next stage:


  • 6-foot wall
  • 99-yard obstacle course
  • 165-pound body drag
  • 500-yard run
  • 6-foot chain link fence



  • 6-foot wall
  • 99-yard obstacle course
  • 165-pound body drag
  • 500-yard run


Estimated Time:

Applicants that take the FPD PAT will receive their results immediately.



Step 6
Lieutenant’s Panel Interview

You’re moving on up. This panel will take place with (you guessed it) a Fremont Police Lieutenant and another Fremont Police Sergeant.


Estimated Time:

This step may take up to a month to schedule as appointments are subject to availability. Results will be sent to you 1-2 weeks after your interview.



Step 7

Polygraphs aren’t just on cop shows. Please be honest, truthful, and thorough with your answers.


Estimated Time:

Your results will be reviewed by our Command Staff, and you’ll hear back within 2 weeks from the test date.



Step 8

Following the Polygraph, you will be assigned a Background Investigator who will complete a very thorough Background Check that includes interviews with friends and family, permanent record checks, etc.


Estimated Time:

On average, it takes 4-6 weeks to issue a result. Meanwhile, the Background Investigator will stay in contact with you during the process.



Step 9
Executive Panel Interview

You’ve made it to the final step! This final interview panel includes the Fremont Police Chief and Fremont Police Captains.


Estimated Time:

The Command Staff decides at the conclusion of the interview whether or not a conditional offer will be extended.




Step 10
Conditional Job Offer

Congratulations! You’ve almost got the job. With the approval of the Executive Interview Panel, you’ll receive a same-day offer that is contingent on the Medical and Psychological Evaluations.


Estimated Time:

You’ll receive your Medical Evaluation results in 7-10 business days and your Psychological Evaluation results within 72 hours from the exam date.


Please note that we are often able to accommodate a more condensed process spanning a 3-4 day period for applicants residing more than 150 miles from Fremont that includes the Physical Agility Test, Oral Board Interview, and Lieutenant’s Panel Interview.