Frequently Asked Questions

You have some questions, here are some anwers.

We know you have some questions about working at the Fairfield Police Department, so we put together a list of the ones we get asked most often.  If you don’t see your question, please reach out to a recruiter by text or using the contact from at the bottom of the page. 

Contact a Recruiter

Send an Email to Sledford@fairfield.ca.gov.

Bellow is the hiring process for Police Officers. This is the typical hiring process for most positions within the Police Department. 

Below is the hiring process for the Police Officer position


Fill out an application by clicking the Apply Now link provided above. Once your application is received, it will be reviewed and the best-qualified applicants will be invited for further examination. 


The most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a board-style interview. 


This position requires a thorough background investigation and polygraph test to be completed on each final candidate, prior to appointment.


A pre-employment medical and psychological exam will also be required.


Candidates who have completed the above-listed steps will be invited for an interview with the Chief.


If you feel you will need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the testing process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 428-7394 at least 1 week prior to the application deadline or examination date.


During academy: $37.47 per hour or $47.821 per hour (with BA)

Step 1 (after academy): $45.54 per hour (Not including incentives)

Top-step Officer (includes incentives & longevity): $69.21 per hour

The Fairfield Police Department recognizes the

advantages of higher education and in an effort to

invest in the our employees and the future of the

department, we currently offer tuition

reimbursement for eligible employees.

Upon completion of probation, the City will provide a tuition and book reimbursement program to eligible employees for educational activities that are job-related and approved in advance by the Department Head in accordance with City guidelines.

Annual maximum is $4,000.

Reimbursement subject to prior approval by the City’s Administrative Services Department Employee Relations Division.

The City of Fairfield Police Department owns and operates a state-of-the-art training facility and indoor rifle and pistol ranges. The 39,000 square foot building houses the following amenities:

  • 20-lane, 25 yard pistol range, which handles .223 rounds. Turning and lateral-moving targets. 
  • 6-lane, 100 yard rifle range, which handles .308 rounds. Turning and lateral-moving targets.
  • 3200 square-foot mat room for weaponless defense training OR classroom that seats 72 students (equipped with smart classroom technology)
  • Training classroom that seats 32 students OR mat room for 8 to 10 students (equipped with smart classroom technology)
  • Simulator Training Room with 3 driving simulators and 1 force-options simulator
  • Conference room that seats 20 persons (equipped with smart classroom technology).

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On an intermittent basis, sit at a desk or in patrol vehicle; walk and stand during patrol activities; bend squat and kneel during inspection of crime scene or conducting searches; run, climb stairs and/or ladders while in the field; twist while making arrests; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation. Continuously wear a utility belt and other police equipment of 30 pounds; and intermittently lift, carry, drag, pull, push, persons or objects weighing at least 160 pounds or less. Work may require considerable physical exertion and exposure to inclement weather, toxic substances, and hazards associated with driving and/or directing traffic. Vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes, normal color vision and hearing acuity are required. Incumbents must meet any other criteria mandated by the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST).

An officer at Fairfield PD must have the ability to:

  • Use de-escalation techniques to resolve tense situations.
  • Gather, analyze, and evaluate facts and evidence and reach sound conclusions.
  • Interpret and apply the law to field situations.
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive written reports.
  • Maintain composure and take responsible action during stressful situations.
  • Analyze situations and adopt a reasonable course of action.
  • Observe and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places, and judge situations and persons accurately.
  • Use and operate a computer and standard equipment used in the department including firearms, shotguns, batons, mace, tasers, and handcuffs.
  • Follow verbal and written directions.
  • Respond quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Use tact and maintain cooperative relationships with the public.

The Fairfield Police Department’s Explorer Program is a volunteer resource that is designed to involve young men and women in community events and increase citizen-police cooperation and understanding. The Police Explorer Program will provide both police related education and experience to our young adults wishing to pursue a law enforcement career and the opportunity to enjoy recreational activities, community service, and fundraising programs.


  • Be 14 to 18 years of age (may continue in program until 21 years old)
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in High School. If graduated from High School, you must carry at least 3 semester credits in higher education
  • Be free from any physical or mental condition that could impair participation in the program
  • Have no record of arrest
  • Have no serious moving violations
  • Complete and submit an application to the program coordinator
  • Pass a general knowledge written examination
  • Participate in an oral interview
  • Pass a thorough background investigation

For more information contact Officer Reed or Mack at (707) 428-7300

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