Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

SFPD seeks LGBT applicants

The San Francisco Police Department will be accepting Q2-Entry-Level Police Officer applications beginning at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, August 26). LGBT individuals are strongly encouraged to apply, according to Officer Jennifer Thompson, the department’s liaison to the LGBT community.

People who are interested should go to the city’s jobs site  to create an applicant account and apply.

Asked why people should join the police force, Thompson said, “It’s extremely rewarding. Every day is a new challenge. … You learn every day, because you’re dealing with the public and everything always changing.” She added, “No two crime scenes are ever the same.”

Thompson said LGBTs are being encouraged to apply because “San Francisco is a very diverse city, and we want our police department to reflect the people that we serve.”

She also said the police force is a friendly environment for LGBTs, especially under Chief Greg Suhr.

“We’re at the best place we’ve ever been historically,” Thompson said. She estimated there are from 250 to 300 LGBT officers in the department.

Thompson said Suhr is “very pro-LGBT, and he’s also very pro-community relations, which is important to the LGBT community.”

She said once the job posting goes up, there will be “a very small window of opportunity” for people to apply. The department’s only accepting 2,500 applicants, and 700 have already gone online to express an interest, Thompson said.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, August 25, 2011 @ 8:30 pm PST
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