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As a San Diego Police Officer, you will be working in a city with unmatched variety in recreation, entertainment and lifestyle.

The City of San Diego is California's second-largest city in population with over one million residents. San Diego is located on the southwest tip of California and is 17 miles from Tijuana, Mexico, and 125 miles from Los Angeles. San Diego has a mild climate with an abundance of scenic beauty, including beaches, lakes, mountain ranges and deserts.

The San Diego Police Department maintains high expectations of its officers, making it a very professional department. Once a member of the San Diego Police Department, career opportunities will open up as you never thought possible.

Watch here for Upcoming Recruiting Events!

Job Dimensions for Police Officers

  • Integrity
  • Interest in People
  • Interpersonal Sensitivity
  • Communication Skills
  • Problems Solving Ability
  • Judgment Under Pressure
  • Willingness to Confront Problems
  • Credibility as a Witness
  • Observational Skills
  • Learning Ability
  • Appearance
  • Dependability
  • Physical Ability
  • Desire for Self-Improvement
  • Operation of a Motor Vehicle

If you have additional questions about San Diego Police Department Recruiting, see the Frequently Asked Questions, call 619-531-COPS (2677) or email

If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

To access 9-1-1 from a cell phone or outside San Diego, dial 619-531-2065.

For 24-hour non-emergencies, dial 619-531-2000 or 858-484-3154.