Career Opportunities

Successful officers are characterized by the ability to make sound decisions, which are based on fact, not emotion, quickly and repeatedly throughout the day. They demonstrate a strong sense of fairness and the ability to apply both the spirit and letter of the law within legal parameters of discretion. With a genuine concern for the safety of the community and the quality of life of its citizens, successful police officers are alert and ready to take action. They enjoy both working alone and as an integral part of a team effort. Ideal candidates are proficient in writing reports, handling paperwork, and willingly work varying shifts, including weekends and holidays.

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Opportunities for Veterans


The Santa Ana Police Department recognizes the commitment and sacrifices the men and women of our armed forces make to keep our country safe. It takes an exceptional individual to put your personal life on hold to serve our country at home and abroad. A career in law enforcement can be a natural continuation of that commitment. The Santa Ana Police Department values your determination, sacrifice and strong work ethic. Our veterans and active duty military personnel already have the courage, character and high moral values necessary to succeed in Law Enforcement.

Selecting the right career for our military veterans can be an important first step in the transition back to civilian life. The Santa Ana Police Department offers you the opportunity to use many of the leadership skills, developed during your military career, toward your new career in Law Enforcement. Additionally, SAPD offers a highly competitive compensation package. The Santa Ana Police Department is a large enough department to offer a wide variety of job assignments and specialized positions, but small enough that everyone in the department will know who you are.

The City of Santa Ana supports its employees who are in the reserves with benefits such as 30 days military leave a year and the ability to adjust work schedules for IDT or ADT once the employee is off probation. Additionally, the City and the Police Department are grateful for your service, therefore; we encourage our military veterans to display their ribbons on their Class A uniform during special occasions.

So if you are looking for a career that will provide you with financial security, advancement opportunities and camaraderie all while utilizing your valuable training and skills, apply with the Santa Ana Police Department.

Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

The Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) was honored by Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn, III with the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for its outstanding support which includes providing National Guard and Reserve employees differential pay between their military pay and SAPD salary during deployments; continuing employee and enrolled family members’ medical and life insurance benefits during deployments; establishing a Military Liaison Officer responsible for providing both military employees and their families with direct and personal service during deployment; creating a policy to guide Department supervisors and service member employees during the reintegration process; and recognizing the military service of their employees through newsletters, photographs and several prominent display cases throughout the station. The SAPD has received numerous other ESGR state awards for their support for National Guard and Reserve employees including several Patriot Awards, an Above and Beyond Award and a Pro Patria Award in 2009.


Women are Critical to Our Mission of Service


The Santa Ana Police Department is actively recruiting qualified women to become police officers.  We currently have over 50 sworn police officer vacancies.  The perception that law enforcement is a predominantly male profession could not be further from the truth.  The diversity women bring to the profession of law enforcement is critical to our mission of service to the community as well as protection of life and property.

Successful candidates will possess excellent communication skills, problem solving and conflict resolution ability.  A police officer must have a strong work ethic, be organized and have high moral character. If you possess these traits and skills, becoming a Santa Ana police officer will be a rewarding career for you.

To learn more from a female Santa Ana police officer, simply fill out the short form below.  You will receive a call back from a mentor who will be able to discuss the rewarding career of law enforcement at the Santa Ana Police Department and the steps involved in the hiring process.