Each member of the San Francisco Police Department commits to excellence in law enforcement and dedicates themselves to serving the people of our City with just, transparent, unbiased and responsive policing. That commitment begins at the SFPD Regional Training Center Basic Academy, where our instructors provide all possible assistance to each recruit in order to ensure their success in the Academy, the Field Training Program, and throughout their career.

The Academy experience begins with an orientation session the week before the start of instruction. Recruits are introduced to the training staff, the facility, and department rules and regulations.

On the first day of class, recruits are expected to be in their uniforms and in a military formation for inspection by the recruit training officers. Following the inspection, recruits are welcomed by the Chief of Police, the Commanding Officer of the Training Division, the Academy Director, and the Academy Coordinator.

During the 34 week-long Basic Academy, recruits will receive instruction covering the following topics:

Military Drills

First Aid/Basic Life Support

Stress Management

POST Physical Training Program


POST Work Sample Test Battery examination

Team Building and Confidence Course

Impact Weapons Use of Force examination

Criminal Justice System, Introduction to Criminal Law, and Leadership

Firearm Proficiency

Physical Training and Defensive Tactics

Court Case and Testimony Proficiency

Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) guidelines

Crowd Control

Emergency Vehicle Operations and Control (EVOC)

Daily Observation Report Evaluation Program

Report Writing

First Responders in Weapons of Mass Destruction Hazmat Situations

Simulations and Scenarios

Basic Accident Investigation Instruction

Chemical Agent instruction

Active Shooter and High Rise Critical Incident Response

Crisis Intervention

“7 Habits of Law Enforcement” Leadership Course

Following graduation, newly sworn SFPD officers will begin a 16-week field-training program under the supervision Field Training Officers at various district stations.

San Francisco Police Department

Safety with Respect for All.