Lateral Entry Program

Salary $109,928 to $164,164*/year

Plus $5,000 Signing Bonus*

The San Francisco Police Department is seeking individuals that possess a current California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certificate** to consider joining the premier law enforcement agency in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The San Francisco Police Department offers:

  • Excellent benefits
  • Competitive salary commensurate with your POST Certificate and education. Salary will be consistent with the stipulations provided in the SFPD POA Labor Agreement.
  • Retirement reciprocity is available for most law enforcement agencies.
  • 3% at 58
  • 6-8 week Department Policy Orientation/Training
  • Opportunities for promotional advancement and career development via transfer to specialized units.
  • Over 80 specialized units


Does this sound interesting?

Contact the SFPD today!

Officer Keith Happle
Lateral Recruitment Officer


If you wish to be placed on the Lateral interest list, please e-mail me the following information:

  • name
  • current and any former agencies
  • years of patrol experience
  • personal cell/email address


For Out-of-State Laterals:

Completion of the Basic Course Waiver process is an option for meeting California’s Regular Basic Course training requirement for out-of-state applicants. The Regular Basic Course is the training requirement for POST-program city police officers, sheriff’s deputies, marshals, district attorney investigators, campus police officers, park police, Level I reserve peace officers and a few miscellaneous peace officer positions identified in the California Penal Code.

• Basic Course Waiver Instructions and Process:

• Basic Course Waiver Application:

Questions regarding the BCW process or application or the Specialized Basic Course Waiver (SIBC) process may be directed to Senior Law Enforcement Consultant Julie Gorwood at (916) 227-3915.

*$2,500 upon completion of Field Training Program (FTO); an additional $2,500 upon successful completion of the probation period.
**Candidates must possess a P.O.S.T. Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced certificate(s) at the time of application submittal.

Have Questions? Contact the San Francisco Police Department Recruitment Unit

1245 3rd Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: 1-415-837-7270

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