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How to Get a Job with the San Francisco Police Department

If you want to work for the San Francisco police department there are several unique branches within the department that may interest you. But for those who just want to be a patrol person, you must be at least 21 years old, be a United States citizen, possess a valid California driver’s license, and never have been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanor offenses like domestic battery.

As I mentioned earlier, there are other components inside the department that can peak your interest if you’re ultimately eliminated during the hiring process. One component is to become a civilian employee in the Behavioral Science Unit or other non-police functions like a counselor and/or a Chaplin.  All employment requires the minimum of a high school diploma or a GED.

Patrol officers in San Francisco start off between $75,000 and $101,000 per year, far better than any other city in the country. Compared to other cities that start you off at $40,000, San Francisco is really competitive when it comes to police officer compensation.

Police officers on the force are also able to retire as young as  50 years old and can draw a maximum 90% benefit based on their cumulative years of service. Candidates must keep an eye on future testing as the San Francisco police department conduct their test twice per quarter. Currently as of today’s date, the department is accepting applications online and has an examination date set. You can call the recruiting department to get the test site address and exact date of the exam.

Getting a hold of the recruiting department is critical as you must reserve a space to even take the pre-employment written test. The written exam is usually given eight times per year, twice per quarter about 2 months apart. The exam consists of the physical assessment  and written. Applicants who pass the written and agility test will move on to the background check and later the oral board interview.

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Officer Forestal has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, 8 years law enforcement experience and is a graduate of the 2002 Police Corps, where he was recognized as an expert shooter. Former Collegiate all-American, certifield personal trainer and author of several fitness and police related books such as the Police Oral Interview Secrets, and Police Exam For Dummies. As a Law Enforcement enthusiast, E.L. has helped hundreds of candidates "ACE" their respective entrance exam and the oral board interview. Learn More...


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  1. Jude says:

    I’m wondering what academy your department uses for recruits? Also, do the SFPD recommend any pre-academy workouts?