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Police Officer - San Francisco Police Department (Q002)

Recruitment: REF13896N

Published: September 14, 2022


Jennifer Bushman -

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Department: Police
Job class: Q002-Police Officer
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Continuous
Rule: Rule of the List What does this mean?
List type: Entrance


Application Opening: 11/07/2013 to Continuous

Compensation Range:

Recruitment ID: Q002-060667

Join a highly respected Police Department and serve the citizens of one of the most beautiful cities in the country. San Francisco is a world-class city with a world-class police team. From Fisherman’s Wharf to Golden Gate Park and from Nob Hill to the Tenderloin, whether we’re on foot patrol, horseback, or in squad cars, responding to emergencies or leading classes on public safety, we’d love to work with you in keeping our community safe. 

Here’s a Golden Opportunity, Become a San Francisco Police Officer!

Role description

San Francisco Police Officers perform a wide variety of essential duties to promote safety with respect. This is much more than a job; it is an opportunity to build a career of which you can be proud.

Essential Duties -

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Prepares for work; receives instruction from platoon commander regarding assignment (beat) and/or specific patrol targets during daily line-up; inspects patrol car, equipment and weapons to ensure proper operation.

2. Patrols the district on foot or in patrol car; operates Mobile Video Terminal computer in patrol car; operates radio; detects criminal activity; and communicates with the public.

3. Responds to call for service; resolves disputes; admonishes individuals; responds to accidents; and provides emergency first-aid.

4. Conducts investigations; conducts a preliminary investigation at the scene of a crime; searches area for suspects or evidence; interviews suspects, witnesses and victims; obtains case numbers; and obtains background information from dispatch or the computer.

5. Promotes community policing; speaks to merchants regarding potential problems in the area; explains to citizens laws, ordinances, and their rights in resolving disputes; speaks to citizens in sector while on patrol; attends community meetings; and participates in community-based programs.

6. Makes arrests and/or detains suspects.

7. Pursues suspects; chases suspects; sets up perimeters; and communicates with partner to coordinate chase.

8. Enforces traffic and parking violations.

9. Writes reports; keeps records; draws accident scene diagrams; competes forms and maintains logs.

10. Interacts with superiors, peers, and other department personnel.

11. Prepares and participates in planned events; stands and directs traffic at accident scenes, demonstrations, or planned events; controls crowds; cooperates with other city and state agencies to secure area at planned event or crime scene.

12. Prepares for and attends court; reviews reports and other related documents; testifies in court; meets with the Assistant District Attorney to discuss cases.

13. Performs related duties as required.

How to qualify

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (please note that the following eligibility Requirements will be verified during Background Investigation)

  • Education:  Applicants must be a U.S. High School Graduate or have passed a G.E.D. or the California High School Proficiency Examination or have an AA or higher degree from an accredited college or university. (The G.E.D. standard average score must be at least 45 with no single score less than 35).

  • Citizenship: Applicants must be United States citizens.

  • Age:  Applicants must be at least 20 years old when they take the examination and at least 21 years of age by the time of appointment. (Civil Service Rule 210.10)

  • Driver’s License:  Applicants must possess and maintain a valid driver license to operate an automobile at the time of application and throughout the selection process. Possession of a valid California Driver License is required prior to the date of hire.

  • Judicial Record:  Applicants must NOT have been:

    • Convicted of a felony;

    • Convicted of an offense involving domestic violence;

    • Convicted of any misdemeanor that carries a penalty of prohibiting ownership, possession or control or a firearm; or

    • Restricted from employment with the City and County of San Francisco. 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS (the stated desirable qualifications may be considered at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring).

  • Experience in the United States Military
  • Proficiency in a second language relevant to San Francisco communities

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.


Banked Scores - Your eligible list score will be valid and 'banked' for two years, starting from the date that we obtain the score. This means that, during the two-year period from your initial placement on the eligible list, you will not be required to re-take the NTN test and if for example, you are released from the Academy, you may choose to reapply and use your banked score to get back on the list. You always have the option to re-take the NTN test provided it has been at least 90 days since your last test. Should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score. 

We do not accept POST PELLETB T-scores for this selection process.

Please note that the Public Safety Job Suitability Assessment on the NTN website is a two-component online test and you must complete both parts.

Candidates must pass each of the selection components unless otherwise noted on the announcement. The Department reserves the right to waive selection components for individuals based on prior experience or certification.

What else should I know?

Eligible List / Certification Rule
Candidates that pass both test components (i.e., the FrontLine National exam and the Oral Interview) will have their names added to the eligible list. Candidate names will remain on the list for a maximum period of 24 months. The Police Department has the option to hire any candidate on the eligible list (“Rule of List”). Therefore, placement on this list neither guarantees nor implies that you will be offered employment. The Police Department will administer the remaining processes outlined below to determine who shall advance further in the hiring process and be considered for appointment.

Candidates that are not selected after the background process will be withdrawn from the eligible list and may re-apply two years from the date of their notification.

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at  .]

In accordance with Civil Service Commission Rule 211.16.1, candidates may appeal the administration of the examination components. All appeals must be filed in writing with the Department of Human Resources within five (5) calendar days of the administration of the examination component giving rise to the appeal. A day that the Department of Human Resources is closed shall not be counted as the fifth (5th) calendar day.  Appeals shall be limited as defined in Rule 211.16.1 


Important Information


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Click on the "Apply Now" button on the top or bottom of this page. Follow instructions on the screen to begin the application process.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. To update your contact information, go to, Failure to maintain current contact information may result in loss of eligibility.

Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses and

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

For questions about the academy and selection process, you may contact the San Francisco Police Department Recruitment Unit

1245 3rd Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: 415-837-7270


Exam Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst Jennifer Bushman by telephone at 415-551-8911 or by email at

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.