Have you ever been on vacation in the mountains and watched with envy a cop working in a boat or patrolling in a postcard setting? Have you thought to yourself, “Man, have they got it made!”? 

Have you ever sat in your patrol car looking at an MDC full of pending calls and felt more like a member of a M.A.S.H. unit doing triage than a police officer? Do you wish you had the time to actually help someone, solve a problem, and work in a community where your efforts are appreciated?

Is your commute getting longer to a small tract house in a neighborhood where you’re no longer sure you want to send your kids to the public schools? Does a subpoena for court turn your world upside down because you can’t afford to live close to the jurisdiction you work in, or it’s the type of place you wouldn’t live in even if you could?

If you find yourself answering “yes” to some of these questions, the Truckee Police Department may have a job opportunity for you. Explore our website; chat with some of our officers; come up for a ride along. See if you’re the right fit for the Truckee Police Department and if the Truckee Police Department is the right fit for you.

Who do we hire?

When we are actively recruiting, we generally look for lateral officers and academy graduates.  Lateral officers are especially welcome in Truckee.  As a relatively young police department (formed in 2001), we value their experience.  If you’re a full time sworn or commissioned police officer in another state, you may qualify for a California POST Basic Course Waiver (BCW).  Typically, we require a valid California basic academy certificate, BCW, or current California POST Certificate (Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced) at the time of application.  Please contact the California Commission on POST for more information.

More information about working in Truckee.

Our officers live in Truckee, North Lake Tahoe, and Reno, NV. There are lots of housing options for different tastes and budgets. TPD has the same responsibilities and performs many of the same law enforcement functions as any municipal police department.  In addition, the Department handles an array of situations unique to our mountain resort setting: lost hikers, boaters in distress, bears in neighborhoods, motorists stuck in snow. 

The Truckee Police Department is an exciting and unique place to work.  We recognize the importance of finding the right “fit” when looking for a place to live and work as a cop.  We encourage you to contact one of the officers listed below and ask them any question you like. They will respond as soon as possible, but keep in mind officers may have unusual days-off and vacations.

This web-page is strictly for prospective police officer applicants. Any messages pertaining to PD operations, press releases, etc., will not be answered.  

Sergeant Andrew Holbrook

Sergeant Arnie Lopez

Officer Brad Beers

You may also contact our office to schedule an applicant Ride-Along. 

Current Openings:

Police Officer (Lateral/Academy Grad) – The Town of Truckee incorporated in 1993 and is located in Nevada County, California. The Town is located 12 miles north of Lake Tahoe and is close to the metropolitan areas of Reno and Sacramento. Truckee is a true mountain resort community at the top of the Sierra Nevada Mountains that sits at the base of several world-class ski resorts and hosts an abundance of year-round outdoor activities.

The Truckee Police Department was established in 2001, and has 26 sworn officers that include patrol, detectives, and a School Resource Officer. Collateral assignments include FTO, dive team, seasonal boat patrol, and a host of instructor positions.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Full Time
  • Salary range: $39.39/hour – $53.19/hour
  • 7.5% Intermediate POST / 2.5% Advanced POST (Total 10%)
  • 7.5% Shift Differential
  • CalPERS Safety Retirement Plan either Classic (3.0% @ 55) or PEPRA (2.7% @ 57). Employee contribution rates will depend on the plan contract
  • CalPERS Anthem Blue Cross PORAC Health Insurance – option of retiree health benefits; also dental, vision, group life, voluntary life insurance and AFLAC available
  • Vacation, sick leave and 13 paid holidays
  • Uniforms and all safety equipment provided
  • Please click here for a benefits summary.

Minimum Qualifications: At the time of application, candidates must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Meet the minimum Peace Officer Selection Requirements established by the California Government Code and the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST);
  • Have graduated from a California POST Regular Basic Course (academy) within the last three years, or possess a valid POST Requalification Course Certificate or;
  • Possess a valid California POST Basic Course Waiver (BCW), or;
  • Possess minimally a California POST Basic Certificate and have at least one year of general law enforcement experience within the previous three years.

Lateral/Academy Grad applicants must attach a copy of one of the above POST documents verifying eligibility to their employment application.  (Applicants are encouraged to contact California POST for details on how to qualify.) Please click here for a complete job description.

Supplemental Questionnaire:

Please share with us in one page or less what draws you to the Town of Truckee. Also, please explain your specific interest in the Truckee Police Department and what you have done to prepare yourself for this position.


Animal Caretaker, On Call –

This on-call position works in the Animal Services Division of the Police Department, and is responsible for the care of animals at the shelter. Typical duties include cleaning dog runs and cat housing, shelter janitorial duties, feeding and medicating animals, maintaining records of shelter animals, and socialization of animals. This position also assists with intake and redemption of animals, behavior assessments, and issuing of dog licenses. Irregular shifts, holiday, and weekend work is required.

Town Employees are passionate about quality of life and community; we value integrity, teamwork, excellence, commitment and accountability.  We are actively seeking individuals with the same passion and values.  Please click here for a complete job description.

Town employment requires the successful completion of a physical examination, background check criminal history questionnaire, and a copy of your DMV record. The Town of Truckee is a drug-free workplace, and an equal opportunity employer.

A Town of Truckee job application and resume is required.  This position will remain open until filled. Applications may be obtained by clicking here or by calling Human Resources at 530-582-5508. 

You may submit your application by:

  • Email: hr@townoftruckee.com  
  • Fax: 530-550-2343
  • Mail: Town of Truckee, Human Resources Department, 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA 96161, ATTN: Human Resources
  • Questions: Please call Kim at 530-582-5508

How to Apply:

A Town of Truckee Employment Application available here is required along with supporting documentation (see above). Résumés are not required, but are welcome as an attachment to the Employment Application. Town employment requires the successful completion of a physical examination, drug screen and a complete background check.

You may submit your application by:

Email: HR@townoftruckee.com
Fax: 530-550-2343
Mail: Town of Truckee, Human Resources Department, 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA 96161, ATTN: Human Resources

Questions? Please email Lt. Kyle Vickers or call (530) 550-2336.

Town of Truckee Human Resources Website