The Bakersfield Police Department is recruiting and testing for police trainees.

The department expects to hire trainees, some of whom will be funded by a federal grant to hire military veterans who were honorably discharged after Sept. 11, 2011, according to a BPD news release.

An academy will begin in July.

People can get application forms and additional employment information from:

* City of Bakersfield Human Resources Office -- City Hall, 1600 Truxtun Ave.; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday though Friday.


Applications are due no later than 1 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, March 7.

Call 326-3732 for information.

According to a BPD flier, the minimum qualifications for applicants are:

* Age 20 1/2 at time of written exam.

* Must possess U.S. high school diploma or GED.

* Must posess valid class "C" California driver's license.

* Vision and physical condition must satisfy established POST Medical Standards as provided on their website:

* Must be in good physical condition; weight must be in proportion to height.

* Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship.

* Record must be free of any felony convictions.