Police Officer (Recruit) Job at South San Francisco, San Mateo County, California

Police Officer (Recruit)

City of South San Francisco , California

Job Information 



Entry Level


$43.68 - $43.68 Hourly

Application Deadline 

Continuous or until 25 applicants

No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


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. This recruitment is to establish an eligible list for anticipated future vacancies.

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


The City of South San Francisco is a General Law city with a population of 68,000 residents that grows to 110,000 during business hours. South San Francisco is strategically located on the west shore of the San Francisco Bay, in northern San Mateo County, 10 miles south of San Francisco. This City is also located along the Bay Area's main transportation routes, included 101, 280, Caltrain, BART, San Francisco Bay Ferry, and the San Francisco International Airport.

The City of South San Francisco is a full-service city with 12 City Departments including Police; Fire; Parks and Recreation; Public Works; Economic and Community Development; City Attorney; Library; Finance; Information Technology; Human Resources; City Clerk; and Office of the City Manager.  The City has a Council-City Manager form of government with more than 460 full-time regular employees.

The City of South San Francisco proudly remains The Industrial City, a reflection of its steel mill and ship building past.  In recent years, the City has been redefined to reflect the innovative, entrepreneurial and industrious spirit, which has made South San Francisco the Biotech Capital of the World.

South San Francisco’s biotechnology cluster is the largest in the world, with roughly 45,000 life science workers, 200 biotech companies, and over 12 million square feet of office/R&D facilities – with an additional 9 million square feet of new R&D facilities in the development pipeline. 

South San Francisco enjoys a high quality of life with an extensive public parks system, active library and learning programming and a dynamic, engaged community making South San Francisco a great place to live, learn, work and play. 


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. 

A new state-of-the-art Police Department building and 9-1-1 Communications Center is currently being built across road from the current police building.  Construction is progressing on-schedule, with no delays for COVID-19 concerns.  The building is slated to be completed in October 2021, with a move-in shortly thereafter.  The new Police Building includes a large training room for defensive tactics, a dedicated indoor firearms range, and progressive construction incorporating the latest in Police Station design concepts.  The 9-1-1 Communications center will have the latest communications and dispatching technologies to provide improved service and response to South San Francisco residents. 

SSFPD Recruitment Video

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Ideal Candidate

Under close supervision, positions within this classification attend a Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified police academy. Upon successful completion of academy training and courses and upon availability, Police Officer Recruits are appointed to a probationary Police Officer with the City.

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

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age at date of hire.
  • Must be free from felony or domestic violence convictions.
  • Must meet standards of adequate physical stature, endurance and agility.
  • U.S. citizenship or a permanent resident alien who is eligible, and has applied for, U.S. citizenship.
  • High school diploma or GED. Additional education at the community college level is preferred.
  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain and maintain, a valid California Driver's License with an acceptable driving record.
  • 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, 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 candidate(s) may receive via e-mail a Personal History Statement (PHS) to complete and return.

4. Based on a Personal History Statement review, candidate(s) may be scheduled for an oral panel interview examination. 

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 2-business days from the date the event occurred.

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. Candidates may be disqualified at any point in this process. The City reserves the right to use alternate testing procedures if deemed necessary. Police Recruits are initially hired in the non-sworn civilian classification while attending the Police Academy and will become a Police Officer when sworn in.

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: $43.68/hour.*
*As of July 9, 2021, this amount will increase to $44.99/hour.

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 a choice of medical HMO (two providers) or PPO plan, and offers vision and dental coverage. City pays 100% of vision and dental premiums for employee and eligible dependents. Employees shall contribute 10% of the HMO premium cost based on category of coverage (single, two, family).  For PPO, employee pays cost difference between PPO and HMO plans. City provides 100% City-paid short- and long-term disability insurances. The City offers a discretionary benefit account for employees who demonstrate health coverage elsewhere.

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

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

Programs:  457 Deferred Compensation, Unreimbursed Medical and Dependent Care Expenses, Employee Assistance Program, Long Term Care, Credit Union, Recreation Classes, and Reduced-fee Child-care Programs are available. 

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.

CalOpps.org: Some email accounts have been known to place these emails in the spam/junk file. Please check your email folders/settings or accept emails ending with calopps.org.

Prior to appointment, the selected candidate will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of any or all of the following: a polygraph examination, a thorough background investigation, a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check, a medical exam, and a drug screening. Please note, a conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. Determinations are made on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to nature and recency of the conviction and relationship to job duties. All City standards must be met before the final appointment is made.

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.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Department upon submittal of application.  Documentation of the need for accommodation must be submitted to HR.

The policy of the City of South San Francisco is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status or national origin.  It is the intent and desire of the City of South San Francisco that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.  The City of South San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

DISCLAIMER: This general announcement does not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provisions contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures as deemed appropriate by the City, in order to evaluate job knowledge, skills and/or abilities as they relate to the position. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

Recruitment Contact

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400 Grand Avenue

South San Francisco, CA 94080