Want to become a police officer for the San Diego Police Department? Do you even know what the hiring process looks like. If you don’t know what’s required of you before applying to SDPD, read this article through and through.
Truth is, the employment process to become a police officer for San Diego PD is a long and tedious one. Sometimes taking as long as a year before you are hired. Although the hiring process can drag on, San Diego PD is a great agency to work for.
Not only will SDPD provide top-notch training to fellow recruits before they hit the streets, they also offer great benefits, a very competitive salary range, and a superb retirement package.
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Steps of The Hiring/Recruiting Process
There are several steps to the hiring process listed below. Click on the links to learn more about the various steps.
|Step 1:||Written Exam|
|Step 2:||Physical Abilities Test and Pre-Investigative Questionnaire
View dates and time of Practice Physical Abilities Test
|Step 3:||Background Process and “Personal History Statement” (Word PDF). The Personal History Statement will not be completed until after the successful completion of the Physical Abilities Test.|
|Step 4:||Polygraph Examination|
|Step 5:||Hiring Interview|
|Step 6:||Psychological Evaluation|
|Step 7:||Medical Evaluation|
Police Recruit Background Investigation/Interview
The Police Department will conduct a thorough investigation of your background. You will be requested to authorize organizations and individuals who know you, to release and verify relevant information about you. The Background Investigator will contact prior employers, relatives, and references. Information provided during these contacts may result in other individuals being contacted. The investigator will check into your employment history, credit status, driving record, and other pertinent information. A criminal history check will also be made. Next, you will be scheduled for an in-depth background interview with the Police Department Investigator. During this appointment, you will be fingerprinted.
As part of the background process, the Background Detective will schedule you for a polygraph examination. You will be tested in 15 different background areas called “Job Dimensions.” In addition, you will be asked to determine if you were honest with the background detective, truthful on your application, undetected criminal involvement, traffic history, illicit drug use, illegal gambling habits, and any other pertinent information discovered or revealed during the background investigation, including employment and military history.
Appointing Authority Interview
Viable candidates will be scheduled for an appointing authority interview with the San Diego Police Department. Your qualifications, communication skills, and many other job related factors would be evaluated relating to your suitability and fitness to begin a police career with the San Diego Police Department.
Personal History Statement
A “Personal History Statement” (Word PDF) is required as part of the background investigation. The form may be downloaded or a hardcopy will be provided the day of the Physical Abilities Test. The Personal History Statement will not be completed until after the successful completion of the Physical Abilities Test.
Requirements & Qualifications
San Diego PD Police Recruit Physical Abilities Test (PAT)
For this test, candidates will be required to run a 500 yard obstacle course which measures a wide range of physical abilities that are necessary in police work. This course, which simulates a suspect chase, will require you to dodge low hanging objects; climb ladders and stairs; run through a series of pylons; jump, step and/or climb over a 3 foot, 4 foot, and 6 foot fence; and partially lift and drag a 155 pound “simulated victim.” You will be provided a vest which weighs approximately 3 pounds and must be worn while performing this test. Shorts or loose fitting clothes that do not restrict arm and leg movements are suggested as appropriate clothing. Footwear should be some type of comfortable athletic shoe with a gripping rubber sole.
SDPD Average Salary, Pay Scale, Pay Chart, Pay Range
|Class Title:||Police Officer I|
|Salary:||$23.68 – $28.59 Hourly
$1,894.40 – $2,287.20 Biweekly
$49,254.40 – $59,467.20 Annually
|Class Title:||Police Officer II|
|Salary:||$30.21 – $36.51 Hourly
$2,416.80 – $2,920.80 Biweekly
$62,836.80 – $75,940.80 Annually
|Class Title:||Police Officer III|
|Salary:||$31.73 – $38.34 Hourly
$2,538.40 – $3,067.20 Biweekly
$65,998.40 – $79,747.20 Annually