South San Francisco

Police Recruit

Law Enforcement
San Francisco/Peninsula
$6,792.00-$0.00 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


South San Francisco, 94080


Applications are being accepted for the position of Police Recruit with the City of South San Francisco. 



As a continuous recruitment, please ensure timely and complete submission of employment application and supporting documents. At any time, once it is determined that there are a sufficient number of applicants who meet the minimum requirements, interviews will be held for this position.

Please note: This job posting is for recruit/entry-level applicants and NOT for lateral-transfer, academy graduates, and academy attendees.


The City offers an attractive benefit package, as well as a CalPERS retirement plan.

The City of South San Francisco has 83 sworn and 35 civilian positions. The Department’s philosophy is one of participative management, with a high degree of emphasis on training and education. It employs team and community-oriented policing and problem-solving concepts and recognizes the importance of staying contemporary with technological advances. The Department acknowledges that the responsibility for public safety and the quality of life in our neighborhood is a responsibility share with the whole community.

Ideal Candidate

Ideal Candidate:

  • Will display unquestionable integrity, reliability, and judgment
  • Be able to recognize and apply alternative solutions to problems and make legal, logical, and critical decisions in emergencies while working in a stressful environment
  • Have a service orientation with an understanding of community-oriented policing and problem-solving  concepts
  • Be motivated and have the ability to work independently or in groups to achieve common goals
  • Accept and adapt to technology in the work environment
  • Skill in using and carrying firearms


Experience: None required

Education: Requires graduation from a U.S. High School or the equivalent; additional education at the community college level preferred.

Age Requirement:  Minimum 21 years of age at time of examination and must meet standards of adequate physical stature, endurance, and agility.  Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or resident aliens that are eligible and have applied for U.S. Citizenship.

Licenses or Certificates:

  • Ability to obtain an appropriate California Driver’s license, which must be maintained as a condition of employment.
  • POST Entry-level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) written examination certificate with a T-score of 48 or higher obtained within the 12 months immediately preceding application submission.
  • POST Entry-level physical agility examination - Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) certificate with a score of 384 and above and successful completion of a 1.5 mile run (completed in 14 minutes or less).  Certificate must be issued within the 12 months immediately preceding application submission.

These examinations are administered by South Bay Regional Public Safety Consortium (SBRPSTC) and are designed to meet the Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) requirements.

Website to take PELLETB written test and WSTB physical agility test:

SBRPSTC requires a fee from applicants for taking the PELLETB & WSTB tests.  There are a limited number of seats for the examination dates listed at SBRPSTC for both PELLETB & WSTB tests.  Register early before all seats are sold out.

ATTACH COPIES OF PELLETB AND WSTB CERTIFICATIONS TO YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION VIA CALOPPS AS PDF DOCUMENTS. Certificate issuance dates must be no older than 12 months from the date of the application submission.  Applicants who fail to submit copies of their certificates may be eliminated at any point in the process.

Selection Process:

The Examination Process will consist of the following independent parts:

1. Examination process will first consist of a review of application materials, responses to supplemental questionnaire, and POST Entry-level Law Enforcement Test Battery Written Exam and WSTB/1.5 Mile Run certificates.

2. Candidates with complete application packet, including submission of the valid POST written and physical agility examination certificates, will be placed on the eligible employment list valid for one year.  Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process and placement on the eligible employment list.

Appeals concerning administration of an examination must be submitted in writing within two business days from the date the event occurred.

3.  Top scoring eligible candidates will receive via e-mail a Personal History Statement  (PHS) to complete and return.

4. Based on review of the PHS, candidate may be scheduled for a panel oral interview examination.

Before a conditional employment offer is made, a thorough background check will be done, including a polygraph and fingerprint check.  If successful, candidates are then required to successfully pass a psychological, medical examination, a drug screen, and must be able to furnish proof of legal right to work in the United States. The City’s standards must be met before the final appointment is made.  Candidates may be disqualified at any point in this process.

State and Federal Law require that all police officers be free from felony or domestic violence convictions. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or resident aliens that are eligible and have applied for U.S. Citizenship.


This general announcement is subject to change.  It does not constitute an expressed or implied contract.



Salary: $6,792/Monthly

Retirement:  As a Recruit, participation in the CalPERS Miscellaneous benefit formula.  In compliance with AB 340, CalPERS retirement formula is either 2% at age 60; employee pays approximately 7%, OR 2% at age 62; employee pays approximately 6.5% of pay, depending on individual's eligibility.  Once a sworn Police Officer, CalPERS benefit formula changes to that of Safety employees.

Social Security and Medicare participation; and option to participate in 457 deferred compensation plans. City contributes equivalent of 1.5% of base pay towards a medical after-retirement account.

Health Insurance:  City offers choice among two HMO and two PPO plans, and offers vision and dental benefits.  City pays 100% of vision and dental core plan premiums for employee and eligible dependents. Employees shall contribute 10% of the HMO health premium cost based on category of coverage (single, two, family).  For PPO, employee pays additional cost difference between PPO and HMO plans. City offers flexible spending plans (medical and dependent care), supplemental life insurance and a discretionary benefit option for employees who demonstrate health coverage elsewhere.

Premium Pay:  City offers various education, bilingual pay, and special assignment pay incentives.

Retirement Health Savings (RHS) Plan: Employee shall contribute 1% of base pay each pay period. 

Vacation:  Fifteen to thirty working days annual vacation, depending on length of service. 

Holidays: Fourteen paid holidays, per year, including one floating holiday.

Programs:  Long Term Care, Employee Assistance Plan, Credit Union, Recreation Classes, and Reduced-fee Child-care Programs, and Deferred Compensation are available to city employees.

Special Instructions


This job posting is for recruit/entry-level applicants and NOT for lateral-transfer, academy graduates, and academy attendee applicants.


As a continuous recruitment, please ensure timely and complete submission of employment application and supporting documents. Please note that application materials and supporting documents will be reviewed at periodic intervals on an ongoing basis.  At any time, once it is determined that there are a sufficient number of eligible applicants who meet the minimum requirements, applicants will receive a notification by either email or telephone to notify them of their status.


Candidates requesting veteran’s preference must provide a copy of U.S. Government Form DD 214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" as an attachment to their CalOpps application.

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