San Francisco Police Department

Lateral candidates must possess a California POST Basic Certificate and be currently employed as a police officer with a minimum of 2 years of patrol experience with a law enforcement agency. Out of State Peace Officers must obtain a Basic Course Waiver (BCW) to apply.

The San Francisco Police Department offers:

  • Excellent benefits
  • Competitive salary
  • Retirement reciprocity is available for some law enforcement agencies
  • “non-PERS” county public safety pension (3% at 58)
  • Abbreviated Police Academy
  • Excellent promotional opportunities and career development. Over 70 specialized units including: SWAT Team, Plainclothes Work, Canine Unit, Academy, Motorcycle Enforcement, Explosives Ordnance Disposal, Mounted Patrol, Airport Bureau, Youth Programs, and Marine Unit.

To learn more about the SFPD, call Lateral Liaison Officer Keith Happle at (415) 575-5884 or email: with your name and contact information, years of experience and current agency.