Apply to PSP
Requirements stated by the Patrol Special Police Program
Liaison Office of the SFPD (July 2010).
- Requirements stated on the
- Requirements for beat officers and for assistants,
stated in Police Commission
regulations governing the Patrol Special Police.
Assistance to applicants in conducting preliminary
background check prior to submission of application packet.
by the Patrol Special Police Program Liaison Office of the SFPD
|The SFPD advises that due to budgetary cuts, processing of
applications may take some months, however your Patrol Special
Police Officer sponsor will do his or her best to maintain
regular contact with the SFPD to ensure that processing proceed
with all deliberate haste. Following are the basic requirements
in an application packet that will be reviewed and submitted by
your sponsoring Patrol Special Police Officer. Please contact us
to help locate a sponsoring officer:
- Letter of nomination and sponsorship by a current Patrol
Special Police Officer.
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or a permanent resident alien
who has applied for U.S. citizenship.
- Copy of High School Diploma or GED test certification.
- Completed private background investigation package of
- Letter, signed by private physician, certifying
candidate to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental
condition which adversely affects the applicant for duty as
an Assistant Patrol Special Officer.
- Copy of 832 P.C. course certificate or higher issued
within the last 3 years. The applicant must be able to be
appointed before the certificate expires. (Within 3 years of
the date of issue)
- Copy of a valid exposed firearm permit.
- Copy of a valid guard registration card.
- Copy of valid identification, California driver’s
license, U.S. passport, etc.
View all requirements.
Requirements stated on the SFPD
How does an Assistant Patrol Special Receive approval from
the Chief of Police?
A new applicant for Assistant Patrol Special must receive a
letter of recommendation from a current Patrol Special beat
owner. This beat owner acts as a sponsor for this applicant and
submits his or her name to the San Francisco Police Department's
Patrol Special Liaison. This liaison is a sworn member of the
police department, usually holding the rank of Sergeant.
The Patrol Special Liaison will conduct a preliminary screening
of the applicant and ensure that the necessary documents have
been submitted. Once all documents have been reviewed and
inspected, the applicant is required to undergo a limited
background check by both the police department and by a beat
owner's approved pre-employment investigation, urinalysis
testing, fingerprint check, and physical exam. All of these
tests except for the pre-screening and final police department
background approval check are paid for by the Patrol Special
beat owner or applicant.
The entire applicant file is then reviewed by the Chief of
Police who approves or denies the application. All approvals to
the position of Assistant Patrol Special Officer are at the
discretion of the Chief of Police. Patrol Special Officers are
approved by the Police Commission.