sfpd_squad.jpgHave you always wanted to participate in such fun activities as detecting crime, enforcing traffic and parking codes, and writing reports and keeping records? You’re in luck because those are just three of the many job duties of an entry level SFPD officer. Luckier still because until Friday, December 7th, SFPD is opening their application process for that exact position. The last time they opened up their entry level hiring process was August of 2011.

Says SFPD Chief Greg Suhr with the passionate fervor of a mega-church pastor, “Do you have an interest in making San Francisco a safer place? Are you a person who enjoys helping people? If this sounds like you, then you would make a great San Francisco Police Officer. If you live, work, or attend school in San Francisco, think about becoming one of San Francisco’s Finest; after all, it’s your city.”

Funny that Suhr mentions living in SF, as we noted last year that most SFPD officers do not, in fact, live in the city and probably have no other reason for being here than commuting here, doing their jobs, and promptly commuting home.

But though our beautiful archipelago tends to warrant prohibitively high housing prices, one perk is equally lofty salaries. Wages for an entry level SFPD officer run from $42.71 to $53.94 hourly. That’s $7,404-$9,347 a month or a yearly salary of between $88,842 and $112,164.

Though there is no age limit to apply, you must be at least 20 years old by the time you take your examination. Even then, candidates may not be hired to enter the Police Academy until they hit 21. You must also be a citizen, have attained at least a high school diploma or GED, and possess a valid California Driver’s License.

SFPD’s got a boatload of requirements in their list of knowledge, skills, and abilities as well, including the hilarious “use the stomach… muscles to perform a single task or repeated tasks” for which there is undoubtedly a donut joke in there somewhere.

If you are interested in protecting and serving our great city as one of SF’s finest, head to www.sanfranciscopolice.org/jobs for more information and to apply.

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  • mc

    How can this be a starting salary? For a cop? Am I missing something or have the police unions gotten completely out of control?

    • Mark Chambers

      You should try being one first! Better yet, ride a longs are always welcomed. That will give you some insight of what it’s like to be cop. Maybe then you’ll realize the pay isn’t nearly enough for what they have to deal with.

      • MrC

        I don’t think being a cop is easy. That does not mean they are not overpaid and overprotected. My job is not easy either and I have zero union protection and zero retirement besides the measly 401K I can afford to put aside. Google most dangerous professions in America and cops don’t even make the list. The jobs that do are low paying, non-union jobs. Police are overpaid in many places. Period.