Q050 Sergeant, (Police Department)

Recruitment #CBT-Q050-904291


Clerically Amended to Reflect New Deadline for Required POST Intermediate Certificate Due to Postponed Job Knowledge Test
Reposted for Informational Purposes Only

Under direction, as a sworn member of the San Francisco Police Department, the Q050 Sergeant's duties may include but are not limited to: supervises field incidents, crime scenes or special events; monitors, directs, evaluates, coaches and trains subordinate personnel; reviews documents and prepares routine paperwork; interacts with SFPD members, other city departments and law enforcement agencies; performs routine law enforcement and operations duties; conducts surveillance and search operations; obtains and serves arrest and search warrants; collects, processes and secures physical evidence; interacts with victims, witnesses, and suspects during investigations; conducts follow-up investigation, case management, and prosecution. A Q050 Sergeant is a first line supervisor position in the San Francisco Police Department and may be assigned to Field Operations, Investigations, and Administration Bureaus base on the needs of the department.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Sworn members of the San Francisco Police Department who have completed probation as a Q002 Police Officer and possess a minimum of three (3) years of experience with the SFPD at the rank of Q002 Police Officer or higher as of December 3, 2020. Length of service is calculated from date of swearing in;
  2. Possession of a POST Intermediate Certificate (or more advanced POST certificate) issued by California Department of Justice, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training;
    The requirements for a POST Intermediate Certificate (as specified in SFPD Department Bulletin #16-008) are:
    1. Baccalaureate degree, plus two years law enforcement or;
    2. Associate degree, plus four years law enforcement or;
    3. 45 college units, plus four years law enforcement and 45 training points or;
    4. 30 college units, plus six years law enforcement and 30 training points or;
    5. 15 college units, plus eight years law enforcement and 15 training points;
  3. Possession of a valid Class C California Driver license. Evidence of possession of this license does not have to be provided but is a condition of continued employment.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications (1) and (3) above by December 3, 2020 to be considered a “qualified candidate”. Evidence of possession of the POST Intermediate Certificate must be submitted no later than 1600 on June 30, 2021 to dhr-publicsafety@sfgov.org. Applicants who submitted evidence of a POST certificate in response to the January 2020 Q050 announcement do not need to resubmit. Candidates who do not provide a certificate by June 30, 2021 will be disqualified from the selection process.


Subject to the current terms of the Memorandum of Understanding, any applicant with a sustained allegation of misconduct for race-based conduct, for example, use of racial slurs, racial bias, racial disparate behavior or treatment of others or selective enforcement based on race, may be prohibited from moving forward in the selection process. Examples of disqualifying misconduct include, but are not limited to, violations of Department General Orders 5.17 or 11.07 that involve sustained allegations of racism. A sustained allegation of misconduct means all appeal rights have been exhausted (i.e., the member received notice of the allegation and either (1) did not contest the finding and accepted the recommended discipline; or (2) appealed the recommended discipline, and after an appeal hearing in accordance with the current MOU and POBR, a sustained finding of misconduct was issued).

How To Apply

New applications for this recruitment will be accepted through an online process from 0800, November 20, 2020 to 1600, December 3, 2020.

Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the “Q050 Police Sergeant” job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

If you previously registered and have a JobAps account with the City and County of San Francisco, but do not remember your UserID and/or password please email dhr-publicsafety@sfgov.org for your login information.

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4thFloor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

Applicants who file for this announcement will later be contacted by email. Therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from @sfgov.org.

In the experience section of the application, you need to include only your experience as a Q002 Police Officer in the San Francisco Police Department.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement to which they apply. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

**If you wish to copy your last submitted Q050 application, here are the simple steps:

  1. Select a previously created application that you wish to copy from amongst the choices provided below.
  2. Click on the Job Title/Bulletin Number of the application you have chosen to copy.
  3. The information from the chosen application will be copied into a new application for Police Sergeant CBT-Q050-904291.
  4. Finish the new application by completing each page. Make any edits necessary to ensure that your application has up-to-date information before submitting.

Note: Once you choose an application to copy from, you cannot reverse this action. Therefore, please be sure to review this page completely in order to identify the application that you prefer to copy.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility and disqualification.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please email dhr-publicsafety@sfgov.org.

Selection Plan

The selection process will consist of components such as the following: job knowledge test, job task simulation such as role-play and/or tactical exercises. A pass point will be established after administration of the job knowledge test, and only candidates scoring at or above that minimum passing score will be invited to participate in subsequent components of the examination. Final scores will be based on a composite of the scores from the job task simulation exercise(s). The job knowledge test is tentatively scheduled to be administered the week of December 14, 2020, and the job task simulation exercise tentatively the week of February 15, 2021. Qualified applicants will be notified of the exact date, time, and location for the test components.

Selection Procedures

Q050 Sergeant Examination Preparation Guides

A description of the examination process will be included in Preparation Guides. Preparation Guides will also list the job-related duty areas and the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be evaluated in each test component, as well as specific reading materials [e.g., Department Bulletins, Department General Orders, State and local penal codes, etc.] with which candidates should be familiar for test purposes. Preparation Guides for each component will be made available approximately thirty (30) days prior to the administration of the component. The Preparation Guide for the Written exercise was made available on November 13, 2020. Applicants should obtain and review the Preparation Guide at https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Exam-Information/SFPD-Q50-Sergeant-Prep-Guide-2020.pdf. All Police Department members will be reminded via email when that Preparation Guide is available.

Certification Rule: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this test will be Rule of Ten (10) Scores.

Eligible List: The duration of the eligible list produced from this exam will be thirty-six (36) months and may be extended up to twelve (12) months upon approval of the Human Resources Director. In accordance to CSC Rule 212.14, any eligible who fail to maintain the qualifications required by laws and by the terms of the examination announcement (including receiving a subsequent sustained allegation that involves racism) will be removed from the eligible list.

Secondary Criteria: When making appointments, the Appointing Officer will consider the following secondary criteria:

  • Assignments
  • Training
  • Education
  • Community involvement
  • Special qualifications
  • Commendations/awards
  • Bilingual certification
  • Discipline history

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


  1. All examination procedures including policies and procedures on announcements, applications and examinations are subject to the Civil Service Commission Rules, Volume II, Uniformed Ranks of the San Francisco Police Department available at https://sfgov.org/civilservice and the policies and procedures of the Department of Human Resources.
  2. Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf. The terms of this examination announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 211.6, provided that such appeal is submitted in writing in the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement.
  3. The City and County of San Francisco reserves the right to revise the examination plan if necessary.
  4. An applicant/eligible that changes his or her contact information (email, name, mailing address, phone, etc.) after having filed an application must promptly go to CCSF’s employment website: www.jobaps.com/sf. Click on “Update My Contact Info” button. Log in to your JobAps account by entering both UserID and password. Enter your new address/contact information. Click on the “Update Contact Information” button again. Failure to maintain current contact information my result in loss of eligibility.
  5. Qualified candidates with disabilities who require a reasonable accommodation for this examination process must contact Amy Herndon by phone at 415.551.8943, email (noemi.herndon@sfgov.org), or if hearing impaired 415.557.4810 (TDD) as soon as possible, but no later than 1600 on December 04, 2020.
  6. Requests for an alternate test date may be considered in limited circumstances and must be submitted in writing to noemi.herndon@sfgov.org within five (5) calendar days of the announcement.
  7. Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.
  8. Applicants are advised to keep copies of all items submitted to the Department of Human Resources Public Safety Team.

Exam Type: Promotive Only
Issued: November 20, 2020
Carol Isen
Acting Director of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: CBT-Q050-904291


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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