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Careers in public safety

Communities rely on the dedicated members of the public safety agencies to keep them safe every day!

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Sworn members of our public safety agencies are on the front-lines, protecting our communities and supporting people when they are in the most need.

San Francisco Chief of Police


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San Francisco firefighters

Fire and rescue

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San Francisco Sheriff's deputies


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What to expect

Members of the public safety community are some of the most trusted City officials. Because of this, the hiring process for these positions is a little more complex.


Each public safety role has its own set of assessments. These assessments may challenge your knowledge and reasoning, physical agility, or typing skills. It is important that you prepare yourself for each assessment phase to give yourself the best chance of success. If you are looking for more information on what assessments are required, they are listed on the job ad, or you can reach out to the job's contact.

Background checks

We are required to conduct an in-depth investigation into your background as part of the application process. During this process, you will be asked to provide information on personal history, employment, education, family, as well as criminal and driving records. Our investigators may also reach out to your friends, family, previous employers, and others that may have known you. This is a routine investigation and may be different based on the particular public safety role you are applying to.