Lateral Officers

Police Officer – Lateral Job Announcement

Honor Guard Fourth photo

In 2017, we officially introduced our Honor Guard to the Mountain View Police Department.

Is your agency facing possible layoffs of sworn personnel? Are the promotional opportunities or duty assignments available to you not meeting your expectations? Would you like to work for a police department with an acclaimed past and an exciting future? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then you should consider MVPD’s lateral entry program.


Conducting FSE’s during a DUI checkpoint.

The Mountain View Police Department has re-established its lateral entry program for qualified police officers. The lateral program includes training and orientation consisting of an abbreviated in-house academy of two weeks. The training program will cover areas where MVPD training exceeds POST mandated training. Your training will be conducted in respect to your standing as an experienced peace officer.

Lateral candidates must meet all of the requirements for entry-level Mountain View Police Officer, have 40 semester units or 60 quarter units from an accredited college,  must possess a valid California Basic POST Certificate, and must have been employed as a law enforcement officer in good standing in the State of California within the last three years. You must complete all MVPD hiring components, including: a Personal History Statement (PHS), a Department Interview, a Background Investigation, a Polygraph Examination, a Medical Evaluation, Written Psychological Test, and a Psychological Interview and Evaluation.

MVPD Recruitment Brochure

So what are you waiting for? If you’re ready to start the process, create an account at Once you create your Calopps account, you can request notification of our next hiring process.  All applications will be accepted through the Calopps webpage.  Applications must include the California law enforcement agency with which you are employed and the length of time you have been employed by the agency. You must also include a copy of your current California Basic POST Certificate.  After your qualifications have been verified, we will contact you with additional information to begin the testing process.

So get that information to us today, and we’ll get you started on the path to a possible career with the best that law enforcement agency in Silicon Valley.

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