Police Officer I

San Diego, CA
San Diego Police Department

$75,192.00 – $82,534.40 Annually

Do you have a strong dedication to public service? If you do, a career with the San Diego Police Department may be for you!

A career with the San Diego Police Department offers excitement, rapid growth opportunities, work-life-balance, and the chance to make a positive impact in your community. As one of the nation’s leaders in Community Oriented Policing, we strongly value the partnerships we have built with the diverse communities of San Diego and are looking for Officers that will uphold that tradition. Throughout your career with SDPD, you’ll have the chance to follow many paths in over 70 different positions, including: Detective, SWAT, New Technologies, K9 Handler, Beach Patrol and Motor Officer, among others. SDPD offers a competitive base salary, great benefits, and many additional pay opportunities.

A San Diego Police Officer:

  • Contributes to the team effort of maintaining a presence in the community that helps to deter crime and provide support to citizens
  • Collaborates in building strong relationships with community members,  upholding best practices of Community Oriented Policing
  • Acts as a police presence at major public events to ensure public safety
  • Identifies potential criminal activity or other hazardous situations and takes  proper actions to protect citizens and property
  • Helps to secure crime scenes and process evidence
  • Responds to calls for service; Observes violations; makes arrests and citations when necessary
  • Conducts criminal investigations by gathering evidence and interviewing victims  and witnesses
  • Documents observations and actions by radioing information; completing  reports
  • Fulfills court orders by testifying in court regarding criminal investigations and citations
  • Maintains safe traffic conditions by monitoring and directing traffic; enforces laws and ordinances; investigates collisions; reports unsafe streets and facilities


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.

AGE:  21 years of age at time of hire.

CITIZENSHIP: United States citizen or permanent resident who is eligible and has applied for United States citizenship prior to application for employment.

EDUCATION:  You must meet ONE of the following options:

  1. Graduation from a High School located within the United States or a United States territory.
  2. Passage of the California High School Proficiency Examination (C.H.S.P.E.) or General Education Development (G.E.D.) with scores that meet the California standard established by the American Council on Education.
  3. Possession of a two or four-year degree from an accredited college or university. (Accreditation must be from an institutional accrediting body which has been recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.)


  • Candidates screened by the Police Department must present proof of education when they submit their Background Investigation Questionnaire.

POST CERTIFICATE/EXPERIENCE:  You must meet ONE of the following options:

  1. Graduation from a California P.O.S.T. approved Police Academy with a Basic Peace Officers Course Certificate dated within the last one year.
  2. Possession of a California Basic P.O.S.T. Certificate dated within the last one year.
  3. Possession of a California P.O.S.T. Basic Course Waiver letter dated within the last one year.
  4. Full-time employment as a paid sworn Peace Officer with a city Police, county sheriff, state or federal law enforcement agency performing correction duties, patrol functions, or traffic enforcement WITHIN THE LAST ONE YEAR. Time served in a training capacity as a recruit/trainee as part of the Police Academy does NOT qualify for the experience requirement. Applicants meeting the experience requirement as specified above who lack the California P.O.S.T. Certificate may apply. If hired, attendance at a PAID Regional San Diego Police Academy is required to satisfy California state certification requirements. This certification is necessary to work as a Police Officer for the City of San Diego.