Department: 1914 – San Diego Police Department
IN ACCORDANCE WITH P.O.S.T. STANDARDS, CANDIDATES MUST BE FREE OF ANY FELONY CONVICTIONS.
CANDIDATES WILL BE SCREENED BY THE SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT AND ARE SUBJECT TO IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ARE FOUND DURING THE BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIVE PROCESS: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONVICTION(S), OR IF YOU ARE A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER; FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REFER TO THE FOLLOWING LINK: P.O.S.T. DISQUALIFIERS.
Police Recruits attend the Police Academy classroom lectures on subjects including criminal law, laws of arrest, traffic laws, juvenile law, principles of law enforcement, rules of evidence, rules of search and seizure, patrol theory and methods, and report writing; observe demonstrations on arrest and control methods and the care and use of firearms; participate in physical conditioning and self-defense exercises; practice the use of firearms; and take examinations.
- After one year, Police Officer I employees receive a $900 annual uniform allowance.
- Police Officer I employees may work a 4 day/10 hour rotating shift work schedule, depending on assignment.
- Bilingual pay (3.5% of base pay) is provided to qualified officers, if skills are required.
You must meet the following requirement on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.
GENERAL: United States citizenship or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for U.S. citizenship prior to application for employment.
AGE: 20 years of age on the date you apply; 21 years by date of Academy graduation.
EDUCATION: You must meet ONE of the following options:
- Graduation from a public high school located within the United States.
- Graduation from an accredited nonpublic high school located within the United States.
- Graduation from a United States Department of Defense high school.
- Passage of the General Education Development (G.E.D.) test or passage of the California
- High School Proficiency Examination (C.H.S.P.E.).
- Possession of a two-year, four-year or advanced 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 San Diego Police Department must present proof of education when they submit their Background Investigation Questionnaire.
LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of hire.
TYPING CERTIFICATE: The ORIGINAL typing certificate must indicate the ability to type at a corrected speed of 30 words per minute and must be submitted during the Background Investigation Process. The certificate must be issued under International Typing Contest Rules and specify the net and gross speed, the number of errors and that the test was five minutes or longer. Certificates specifying more than five errors will not be accepted. City of San Diego Government employees serving in a job classification which meets or exceeds the minimum typing requirements are not required to submit a typing certificate. Internet typing tests will NOT be accepted.