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Military and Veterans

Military Insignia

The San Jose Police Department welcomes military veterans who are looking for a rewarding and exciting career in law enforcement. Because we have a paramilitary structure, military veterans often times can easily integrate into the SJPD.  With over 50 specialized assignments, veterans can utilize their military experience into their San Jose PD career.

We offer several benefits for those military veterans that qualify:

Veterans with an honorable discharge can substitute four (4) years of active military service in the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard in lieu of the minimum college credit requirement.

Veteran Preference Test Points (5 points added to the Oral Board Exam upon receiving a passing score) To be able to qualify the applicant must:

  • Submit form DD214
  • Active duty military personnel who do not possess a DD214 must provide recruiting staff with a letter on official military letterhead from their base commander indicating the date the applicant is due to leave military service with the expectation of an honorable military discharge. (Letter will be verified during the background process.)
  • Once officially discharged, the applicant shall submit their DD214 showing an honorable discharge. This must occur before the background investigation can be completed.​
  • If the applicant fails to provide a DD214 during the background phase, or if the background investigation reveals a less than honorable discharge, the applicant will be disqualified.

Fifty percent (50%) off the PELLETB (written test) fees, WSTB (physical agility test) and 1.5 mile run at South Bay Regional.  Enter “Military” when registering online to receive the discount (must present Military I.D. at the time of testing).

Spouses of veterans are also eligible for Veteran Preference Test Points

Flex Time for Military Leave:  Follow this link to the City Policy Manual and review section 4.2.2 (Military Leave)

Eligible for GI benefits compensation while in the Police Academy

Eligible for GI benefits compensation while on Field Training for on-the-job training

“All-in-One” weekend of testing for active duty military personnel


Over 50 Specialized Units & Assignments (Click to expand and view the list)


Over 50 Specialized Units & Assignments

  • 290 (Sex Offenders) Registration Team
  • Air Support (Helicopter/Fixed Wing)
  • Airport Police
  • Assaults Unit
  • Auto Theft Detail (vehicle crimes)
  • Backgrounds Unit
  • Bomb Squad
  • Bureau Of Field Ops - Administration Unit
  • Burglary Unit
  • Canine Unit
  • Child Exploits (ICAC) Internet Crimes Against Children
  • City Attorney Investigator Detail
  • Court Liaison Unit
  • Covert Response Unit (CRU)
  • Crime Analysis
  • Crime Prevention
  • Crime Scene Unit
  • Crisis Management Unit
  • DEA (Drug Task Force)
  • Downtown Services Unit (DSU)
  • Family Violence Unit /Elder Abuse/ Threat Management
  • Field Training Program
  • Financial Crimes Unit (Fraud)
  • Gaming Unit
  • Gang Investigations Unit
  • Human Trafficking Unit
  • Homicide Unit
  • Information Desk
  • Intelligence Unit
  • Internal Affairs
  • Juvenile Unit
  • MERGE Unit (SWAT team)
  • Mayor's Security Detail
  • Metro Unit
  • Missing Persons Unit
  • Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC)
  • Patrol (14 divisions)
  • Permits Unit
  • Police Academy
  • Police Activities League (PAL)
  • Police Personnel
  • Press Information Officer (PIO)
  • Range
  • RATTF (Bay Area Auto Theft Task Force)
  • Recruiting Unit
  • Research & Development
  • Reserve Police Unit
  • Robbery Unit
  • School Liaison Unit
  • Secondary Employment Unit
  • Sexual Assaults Unit
  • Systems Development
  • Tactical Negotiator
  • Traffic Enforcement Unit (Motors)
  • Traffic Investigations (vehicle crimes)
  • Training Unit
  • Vice Squad
  • Video Unit
  • Web Systems Unit


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