Online Application:

Individuals who are interested in applying for the position of police officer must submit an online application through the City of Vacaville's online application portal here.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. There is no deadline for submission.

Physical Agility Test:

Individuals whose applications have been accepted will be invited to participate in a physical agility test. For an example of what to expect during the agility test, see the video below.

Completion of the Personal History Statement:

In order to determine eligibility for a face to face interview, applicants are expected to complete the Personal History Statement (PHS), which is required by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Oral Board:

Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an oral review board conducted by members of the department. This is a question and answer as well as scenario based interview.


A computer voice stress analysis will be conducted by the department's CVSA examiner. The CVSA consists of software, integrated to a laptop computer, which analyzes the responses from an applicant for truth verification.

Background Investigation:

A thorough background investigation will be completed on each selected applicant to include interviewing friends, past and present employers and coworkers, family members and neighbors. This will also include a review of the answers you provided on your PHS, to include your criminal history, credit and financial history, employment history, and a review of your social media accounts.

Chief's Interview:

After successfully completing the oral board and background investigation, qualified applicants will then have the opportunity to meet with Chief Carli for a face to face interview.

Psychological Examination:

Applicants will participate in a psychological examination administered by a licensed psychologist.

Medical / Drug Screening:

As required by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, applicants will complete a medical screening. This exam will also include a screening for illegal and prescription drugs.

Official Offer of Employment:

Candidates who have successfully completed every step of the process may be offered a position with the Vacaville Police Department.


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