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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, mesas, canyons, 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.

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Police Recruit  – Entry level, no law enforcement experience required

Police Officer I – CA POST Certified academy graduate OR less than two years of patrol experience

Police Officer II – Two or more years of patrol experience

Police Dispatcher – No dispatch experience required

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