Police Officer

San Francisco, CA
City and County of San Francisco

Position Summary:

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 Functions:

  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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Preferred Requirements:

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