Salt Lake City

  • Entry Level Police Officer

    Requisition ID
    Minimum Salary
    USD $20.60/Hr.
    Maximum Salary
    USD $34.76/Hr.
    Post End Date
    US-UT-Salt Lake City
  • Overview

    Candidates who apply for this position may be hired as a Police Officer I, II, or III based on experience.  If you have not already taken the NPOST exam please do so immediately.  Please note it could take up to six weeks to receive your test results in the mail.  NPOST testing location and further details regarding the test can be found here: NPOST Testing Information.  


    Incumbents perform duties that consist primarily of actively preventing or detecting crime, providing security, community protection, and enforcement of criminal statutes or ordinances. Responds to situations involving threats to public safety and makes emergency decisions affecting the lives and health of others, including in circumstances and at times when personal life or personal safety may be at risk.


    Incumbents who are classified at this level possess extensive knowledge of civic and criminal laws, ordinances, and regulations; law enforcement principles, practices and procedures; ability to mentor and train less experienced police officers.


    • Suppresses crime through identification and apprehension of criminals and recovery of stolen property.
    • Regulates non-criminal conduct, such as traffic control, crowd control, and social relations.
    • Compiles and prepares required information and evidence to assist in prosecution of criminal cases.  Testifies as a witness and renders credible testimonies in a court of law.
    • Reports to scene of accidents and investigates causes and results of accidents.
    • Responds to robbery and burglary alarms and other misdemeanor and felony crimes, which may necessitate the exertion of extraordinary physical effort and the use of initiative and common sense.
    • Secures the scene of crime, conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, obtains witnesses, and makes arrests.
    • Makes investigations of vice and narcotics activities, identifies and recovers stolen property, investigates reports of stolen automobiles and property stolen from automobiles, conducts investigations of homicides and thefts, conducts special investigations for other law enforcement agencies, investigates all complaints on checks and forgeries, investigates complaints of crimes committed by juveniles.  May work undercover in performing these functions to obtain evidence to be used in the arrest and conviction of guilty parties.
    • Maintains knowledge of criminal and civil law, and police techniques and tactics.
    • Attends regular training classes in police methods.
    • Provides peripheral services such as giving information, directions, advice and general assistance to the public whenever necessary.
    • Performs other related duties as required.


    • High school diploma.
    • Passing Utah National Police Officer Selection Test scores.
    • Graduation from Utah Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) Academy with P.O.S.T. certification as a Law Enforcement Officer are required within six (6) months of hire.
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen on/by the date of the first examination.
    • Must be at least 21 years of age on/by the date of hire.
    • Successful completion of Civil Service examination process which may include a physical agility test, written examination, oral board interview, converus eyedetect test, background investigation, computer voice stress analysis, psychological examination and evaluation, interview, and medical examination and drug screen.
    • Considerable human relations and communications skills.
    • Ability to work independently, make critical decisions, and use initiative and common sense.
    • Must possess a valid state driver license or Utah driving privilege card (or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment).


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