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Captain's Message

Captain's Message

Welcome to the San Francisco Police Department Training Division, which serves one of the most important roles within the department. We develop and train our current in-service members and civilians, and prepare recruits to become proud officers of the San Francisco Police Department. 

To remain on the forefront of police training in the 21st century, the Training Division continually reevaluates standards and best practices. The Professional Development Unit focuses on specialized training, which includes Professional Policing and Procedural Justice, along with courses in career and leadership development.

The Training Division is comprised of the Professional Development Unit and Basic Recruit Staff. These highly skilled individuals work collaboratively to provide the highest level of training to ensure professional excellence, police legitimacy and effective policing. 

Individuals who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement must be accepted as a recruit into the Basic Recruit Training Course. This California Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) mandated course has been thoughtfully designed to offer each recruit a platform to succeed.

The San Francisco Police Department is proud to go beyond the POST-mandated minimum requirements by adding classroom and field training uniquely tailored to the City of San Francisco.  This additional training is designed to promote productive and respectful relationships with the community.  These topics include but are not limited to Implicit Bias Training, De-escalation and Crisis Intervention tactics and Community Engagement. 

We welcome prospective recruits who desire to serve and protect the City of San Francisco and its people under the principles of law, justice and our commitment to providing safety with respect for all.

Application Process

Applying is Easy!


Go to National Testing Network, choose law enforcement and register to take the San Francisco Police Department written exam. Choose an available and convenient exam date. You will receive an email confirming your exam date, time and location.

San Francisco Police Department

Safety with Respect for All.