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Lateral Transfer

The San Diego Police Department will accept applications from any individual who has experience as full-time paid sworn peace officer with a City Police, County Sheriff, State or Federal law enforcement agency, or is currently working as a peace officer in California, or who has prior police experience with a California law enforcement agency within the last one year, or who has completed a California P.O.S.T. certified police academy within the last year.

PO2 (Lateral entry)

Individuals with more than two years of full-time paid sworn police officer experience may apply for PO2 status. Experience must include service with a law enforcement agency within the last one year. Time served in a training capacity as a recru/it/trainee as part of a Police Academy does NOT qualify for the experience requirement.

NOTE: Qualified out-of-state applicants who lack the required California P.O.S.T Certificate may apply. If hired, you will be required to attend a paid Police Academy to satisfy California state certification requirements. This certification is necessary to work as a police officer for the City of San Diego.


Graduates of a California Law Enforcement academy within the last year as an open enrollment student, or individuals with less than two years of full time paid police experience (not including academy time) with a California law enforcement agency within the last one year may apply for PO1.

If you are looking to apply as a Lateral, POI, or POII please contact [email protected]

Background Office (619) 531-2148

City of San Diego Personnel Department
1200 3rd Avenue, Suite 101A
San Diego, CA 92101-6467

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (619) 236-6467

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