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Join The S.F.P.D. – San Francisco's Finest

“The San Francisco Police Department offers qualified men and women the opportunity to make a positive difference in our citizens’ daily lives. From our patrol officers to our community engagement team and civilian staff, we are committed to excellence and providing professional service for all to keep our City safe. I encourage you to apply to become one of San Francisco’s finest.”

–Chief William Scott

The City and County of San Francisco invites you to join a highly respected police department and serve the citizens of one of the most beautiful cities in the country.

San Francisco Police officers perform a wide variety of essential duties to promote public safety and security and enforce the law. Our officers patrol districts to prevent and detect crime, respond to calls for assistance, conduct criminal investigations, pursue and arrest suspects and enforce traffic and parking laws. Our Mounted Unit, Marine Unit, K-9 Unit and Traffic Company ensure that SFPD is able to help keep the public safe, no matter the terrain.

SFPD officers also work closely with San Francisco’s diverse communities to build cooperation and support in order to address crime and quality of life issues in our City’s neighborhoods. In addition to hosting citywide and neighborhood events ranging from safety fairs to barbecues, SFPD provides educational and employment programs for San Francisco youth. Our values include maintaining open communication with the communities we serve and respecting and protecting the rights of all residents.

Serving the City as a San Francisco Police officer is much more than a job; it is an opportunity to build a career of which you can be proud.

Applying is Easy!

  1. Apply with the City and County of San Francisco at (Entry Level (Q-2) Police Officer)
  2. Go to, choose law enforcement, and register to take the San Francisco exam ($49). Financial assistance is available.
  3. Choose an available exam date that's convenient for you.
  4. Schedule your exam.
  5. You will receive an email confirming your exam date, time and location.

Have Questions? Contact the San Francisco Police Department Recruitment Unit

1245 3rd Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: 415-837-7270
Fax: 415-575-6095 twitter30x30.jpg  facebook30x30.jpg

The San Francisco Police Department values diversity in its workforce, and is committed to fair and equal treatment of all applicants for employment. Discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, or other protected categories is prohibited and unlawful.