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Thank you for your interest in working as a Police Officer with Salt Lake City Police Department. We are currently not accepting applications for this position at this time. To receive an email notification once we know when we will begin accepting applications again, please submit your information here.

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Job Summary:

A Police Officer performs a wide variety of police functions, including but not limited to: crime suppression, crime prevention, protection of personal liberties, regulation of non-criminal conduct, and provision of services. Police Officers are given specific work instructions by superior officers on new assignments but work independently in performing regularly assigned duties.

Additional Information

  • Lateral Entry Program

    Does Salt Lake City Police Department accept lateral transfers from other police departments?
    Yes. To qualify for the Salt Lake City Police Department Lateral Entry Program, a candidate must meet the following:

    In-State and Out-of-State Candidates:

    • A candidate must have at least 1 year of previous law enforcement experience as a Post-certified Category I Police Officer and either be currently working with a law enforcement agency in this capacity or have been employed in this capacity within 12 months prior to the date of application with the Salt Lake City Police Department.
    • Candidates would be required to meet all minimum requirements to become a Salt Lake City Police Department Officer.
    • Candidates must fill out an employment application for the Salt Lake City Police Department and attach a copy of their Utah N.P.O.S.T. results.
    • Candidates must successfully complete all stages of the Salt Lake City Police Officer Testing Process approved by the Civil Service Commission. The testing stages include the following: Utah National Police Officer Selection Test, Written Examination, Physical Agility Test, Background Investigation, Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA), Psychological Examination and Evaluation, Interview, Medical Examination, and Chemical Screen.

    Upon successful completion of all stages in the testing process, the Lateral Entry Program would include the following:

    • Credit given for prior experience as a POST-certified Category I Police Officer with any public law enforcement agency on a 1-for-1 basis.
    • Up to 8 full years of experience as a POST-certified Category I Police Officer would be credited towards base compensation and vacation accrual.
    • No credit would be given for less than 1 year (12 months) of law enforcement experience as a POST-certified Category I Police Officer.
    • Candidates would be required to complete the full Salt Lake City Police Academy. The Police Academy would begin the first day on the job and is held Monday through Friday (40 hrs per week). The Academy lasts approximately 21 weeks. You are paid your lateral entry salary while attending the Police Academy.

     

  • Minimum Qualifications

    The minimum requirements to become a Salt Lake City Police Officer are as follows:

    1. Graduation from high school or possession of GED certificate.
    2. Must be a U.S. Citizen on/by the date of the first examination.
    3. Must be at least 21 years of age on/by the date of the first examination.
    4. Successful completion of Civil Service examination process which may include written examination, physical examination, background investigation, physical agility test, computer voice stress analysis, psychological examination, drug screen, and oral interview.
    5. Successful completion of Utah N.P.O.S.T. exam.
    6. Graduation from Police Officers Standards and Training Academy within six (6) months of hire.
    7. Considerable knowledge of criminal and civil law, and police techniques and tactics.
    8. Considerable human relations and communications skills.
    9. Ability to work independently, make critical decisions, and use initiative and common sense in a variety of police functions.
    10. Must have valid Utah Driver License or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.
  • Mission Statement

    The mission of the Salt Lake City Police Department is to work with the citizens of Salt Lake City to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property, and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.

    Values

    Integrity: There is no more important value for law enforcement professionals than demonstrating integrity in all they say and do.

    Reverence for the Law: Consistent with aggressively protecting our integrity is the parallel duty to demonstrate an uncompromising reverence for the law.

    Respect for Individuals: In meeting our obligations under the law, demonstrating respect for individuals both outside and inside the organization is essential.

    Service to the Community: It must be recognized that police departments are service organizations. In providing this service, it is essential that we develop strong and lasting partnerships with the community to solve community-related problems, to enhance public safety, reduce crime and reduce the fear of crime.

    Law Enforcement Code of Ethics

    As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality and justice.

    I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed both in my personal and official life. I will be exemplary in obeying the law and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

    I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities or friendships to influence my decision. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear of favor, malice of ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

    I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I will accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police services. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police officers. I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice.

    I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence.

    I will constantly strive to achieve those objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession—law enforcement.

  • Physical Agility Test

    Candidates are required to pass the physical agility test at 50% in each area to continue with the selection process. Following are the instructions for the physical agility exercises, to include: vertical jump, push-ups, sit-ups, and the 1.5 mile run.

    On the day of the physical agility test, candidates MUST bring picture identification (i.e., driver license, passport or military I.D. card) with which we will verify each candidate’s birth date (must be 21 years of age on/by the date of the physical agility test). Candidates reaching this phase will be notified of the event date, time and place of the physical agility test.

    Explosive Strength (Vertical Jump, Men and Women)

    Candidates must jump from a stationary, standing position with both feet on the ground. Either arm may be extended to reach maximum height.

    Inches / Percent Score
    16.0 / 50%
    16.5 / 55%
    17.0 / 60%
    17.5 / 65%
    18.0 / 70%
    18.5 / 75%
    19.0 / 80%
    19.5 / 85%
    20.0 / 90%
    20.5 / 95%
    21.0 / 100%



    Strength Test (Push-ups, Men and Women)

    The candidate assumes a front-leaning position with the hands placed where they are most comfortable. The back, buttocks and legs must be straight from head to heels. Begin the push-up by bending the elbows and lowering the entire body until the tops of the upper arms, shoulders and lower back are aligned and parallel to the floor. (A fist may be placed under the candidates sternum and should be touched.) Return to the starting position by locking the elbows. During the test the candidate cannot rest the body on the ground. It is possible to rest, but one cannot relieve pressure from the upper body while in the resting position. If the candidate does not keep the body straight or lock the elbows completely, that repetition does not count. The score is the number of push-ups completed in one minute.

    Number / Percent Score

    25 / 50%
    30 / 55%
    35 / 60%
    40 / 65%
    45 / 70%
    50 / 75%
    55 / 80%
    60 / 85%
    65 / 90%
    70 / 95%
    75 / 100%



    Muscular Endurance (Bent-knee Sit-ups, Men and Women)

    The candidate lies on the back with the knees flexed at a right angle. A partner kneels at the candidate’s feet and presses down on the candidate’s insteps to keep the heels in contact with the floor. The hands must remain in contact with the head and the fingers cupped behind the ears. When ready, the signal “go” is given and the candidate sits up to touch the knees with the elbows breaking the vertical plane. Without pause, the candidate returns to the starting position just long enough for the shoulders to touch the mat and immediately sits up again. The score is the number of sit-ups that can be completed in one minute.

    Number / Percent Score

    35 / 50%
    40 / 55%
    45 / 60%
    50 / 65%
    55 / 70%
    60 / 75%
    65 / 80%
    70 / 85%
    75 / 90%
    80 / 95%
    85 / 100%



    Cardiovascular Endurance (1.5 Mile Run, Men and Women)

    The test involves measuring the time spent in running 1.5 miles. The distance covered in a specific amount of time is then used to determine the fitness category of the individual. This test requires a nearly exhaustive effort. It is assumed that the individual has had the proper medical examination and has been cleared for an exercise program.

    On the day of the testing, it is recommended that the candidate should abstain from smoking or eating for a minimum of two hours preceding the test. It is advisable to allow adequate time prior to the test for stretching and warm-up exercises. An important consideration at the end of the run is the “cool down” period. The candidates should be cautioned about standing around immediately after the run, to prevent pooling of the blood in the lower extremities, which reduces the return of the blood to the heart. An additional walk for at least five minutes after the test should be sufficient for the cool down period.

    Time / Percent Score

    15:54 / 50%
    15:00 / 55%
    14:00 / 60%
    13:00 / 65%
    12:00 / 70%
    11:00 / 75%
    10:30 / 80%
    10:00 / 85%
    09:30 / 90%
    09:00 / 95%
    08:30 / 100%

  • Testing and Selection Process

    The testing and selection process for this position consists of the following phases:

    1. UTAH N.P.O.S.T. SCORES (pass/fail and hurdle exam)
      All candidates must turn in a copy of their Utah National Police Officer Selection Test (N.P.O.S.T.) scores prior to the application deadline. If the candidate pool is large a cutoff or “pass rate” may be determined by the Utah N.P.O.S.T. scores, and will consider the natural break, adverse impacts and departmental need.
    2. WRITTEN EXAMINATION (hurdle exam)
      On the day of the written examination candidates are required to present photo identification (i.e. driver license, passport, or military I.D. card). Identification must display date of birth. Candidates must be 21 years of age on or by the date of the written examination. The multiple-choice exam is designed to measure each candidate’s proficiency in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure specific to the English language. The exam will also help determine which candidates possess skills to effectively work with the public and other members of the department. A cutoff or “pass rate” may be determined by the written exam scores, and will consider the natural break, adverse impacts and departmental need. The written exam will identify a candidate that closely match the needs of the Department and is primarily intended as a hurdle exam to advance those candidates to the next phases of the process. Candidates invited to this phase will be notified of the event date, time, and location.
    3. PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST (pass/fail and hurdle exam)
      On the day of the physical agility test, candidates are required to present photo identification (i.e. driver license, passport, or military I.D. card), Release of Information Form, Background Personal History Questionnaire, DD-214 (if applicable), and additional background documents to check-in at the examination site. Identification must display date of birth. The physical agility test consists of the following four exercises: push-ups, sit-ups, vertical jump, and a mile and a half (1.5) run. Candidates are required to pass the physical agility test at 50% in each area to continue with the selection process. Examination results from any other jurisdictions may not be substituted for Salt Lake City Police Department’s physical agility test for Police Officer. Candidates reaching this phase will be notified of the event date, time, and location.
    4. PRESENT POLICE OFFICER ELIGIBILITY REGISTER TO THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
    5. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION (pass/fail)
      The top candidates from the eligibility register will be required to undergo a background investigation. The investigation may include, but is not limited to, the following: employment history, driving history, arrest and conviction record, financial responsibility, and interviews with family members, neighbors, supervisors, co-workers, and friends.
    6. COMPUTER VOICE STRESS ANALYSIS (CVSA) (pass/fail)
      The top candidates passing the background investigation will be required to complete a Computer Voice Stress Analysis evaluation. This instrument is used for truth verification which measures “microtremors” in the voice, then provides the examiner a visual chart which is interpreted as deceptive or non-deceptive. The examination uses only a microphone and no wires are attached to the subject.
    7. PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION AND EVALUATION (pass/fail)
      The top candidates passing the Computer Voice Stress Analysis and Background Investigation will be required to complete and pass a thorough psychological examination and evaluation. It is important to note that the examination is not designated to measure mental health.
    8. INTERVIEW
      The top candidates from the eligibility register who have successfully completed a computer voice stress analysis, background investigation, and psychological examination and evaluation and will be contacted by phone and invited in for an interview with the Police Chief.
    9. MEDICAL EXAMINATION AND DRUG SCREEN (pass/fail)
      After receiving a conditional offer of employment candidates must successfully complete and pass a thorough medical examination, including a drug screen. Physicians who perform the medical examination consider the severity of any problem in making the pass/fail decision.

     

  • Utah National Peace Officer Selection Test (Utah N.P.O.S.T.)

    OUT OF STATE CANDIDATES must come to Utah to take the N.P.O.S.T. at one of the test sites and turn in their scores, as well. Salt Lake City Police Department does not offer this test. The N.P.O.S.T. consists of four timed sections: math, reading comprehension, grammar and incident report writing.

    The math component consists of 20 questions, which are to be completed in 20 minutes. This section does not have any scientific math questions (algebraic or geometry); the questions consist of general math and financial math equations.

    The reading comprehension section consists of 25 questions, which are to be completed in 25 minutes. This section requires the candidate to read a series of short essays and then choose the best answer(s) based on the information contained in the short essays.

    The grammar section consists of 20 questions, which are to be completed in 15 minutes. This section requires the candidate read several sentences and paragraphs, all of which contain misspelled words and improper punctuation. The candidate is required to identify the misspelled words and improper punctuation.

    The incident report writing section consists of 10 questions, which are to be completed in 15 minutes. The candidates are tested on their ability to write a clear and concise report based on facts they are given. Grammar and punctuation are tested in this section as well.

    Since the N.P.O.S.T. is not administered all day, every day, all candidates are urged to call the testing center they will be taking the test at, in advance, to verify the dates and times the test will be administered.

    Where can I take the Utah National Peace Officer Selection Test (Utah N.P.O.S.T.)?
    The Utah N.P.O.S.T. may be taken at any of the below testing sites. A fee may be assessed and your government or state picture identification card (with your photo, birth date and signature) will be required.

    BRIDGERLAND APPLIED TECHNOLOGY CENTER
    1301 North 600 West
    Logan, UT 84321
    Phone: (435) 750-3188
    Fax: (435) 750-3046
    Testing: Contact testing center for an appointment.

    COLLEGE OF EASTERN UTAH TESTING CENTER
    451 East 400 North
    Price, UT 84501
    Phone: (435) 637-2120 Ext. 5325
    Fax: (435) 613-5112
    Testing: Contact testing center for an appointment.

    COLLEGE OF EASTERN UTAH – SAN JUAN CAMPUS
    639 West 100 South
    Blanding, UT 84511
    Phone: (435) 678-2201 Ext. 171
    Fax: (435) 678-2220
    Testing: Contact testing center for an appointment.

    DAVIS APPLIED TECHNOLOGY CENTER
    550 East 300 South
    Kaysville, UT 84037
    Phone: (801) 593-2361 or 593-2336
    Testing: Contact testing center for an appointment.

    DIXIE STATE COLLEGE TESTING CENTER
    225 South 700 East (BRN 210)
    St. George, UT 84770
    Phone: (435) 652-7692
    Fax: (435) 656-4016
    Testing: Contact testing center for an appointment.

    SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOOL OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY TESTING CENTER 
    1575 South State Street Room 2-153
    Salt Lake City, UT 84115
    Phone: (801) 957-3257 Automated Service
    Fax: (801) 957-3315
    Testing: First Come First Served Basis (19 spots for testing)
    Website: www.slcc.edu/sat/testing-services/post.aspx

    SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY
    351 West Center ST 169
    Cedar City, UT 84720
    Phone: (435) 586-5419
    Fax: (435) 865-8055
    Testing: Contact testing center for an appointment.

    UINTAH BASIN APPLIED TECHNOLOGY CENTER
    1100 E Lagoon Street (124-5)
    Roosevelt, UT 84066
    Phone: (435) 722-4523
    Fax: (435) 722-5804
    Testing: Contact testing center for an appointment.

    UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY
    800 West University Parkway
    Orem, UT 84058
    Phone: (801) 863-8269
    Fax: (801) 764-7076
    Testing: Contact testing center for an appointment.

    WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY TESTING CENTER
    1112 University Circle
    Ogden, UT 84408-1112
    Phone: (801) 626-6803
    Fax: (801) 626-7812
    Testing: Contact testing center for an appointment.


    Since the Utah N.P.O.S.T. is not administered each day, candidates are urged to call the testing center they would like to take the test at, in advance, to schedule a test date and time.

    The Salt Lake City Police Department does not offer the Utah N.P.O.S.T.

    Is there a study guide available for the Utah N.P.O.S.T.?
    Yes. A study guide for the Utah N.P.O.S.T. is available for purchase for approximately $6.00 at the following Salt Lake Community College Bookstores.

    • Jordan Campus Bookstore: (801) 957-2620
    • Redwood Campus Bookstore: (801) 957-4045
    • Sandy Campus Bookstore: (801) 957-3726
    • South City Campus Bookstore: (801) 957-3329

    All candidates are urged to call the bookstore they would like to purchase a study guide at, in advance, to verify they have the guide in stock and available for purchase.

    Can I retake the Utah N.P.O.S.T. if I do not pass it or if I would like to try for a higher overall score?
    Yes, although a candidate may not retake the same version of the test for 90 days. In addition, a candidate can only take the same version of the test in a 12-month period. There are three different versions of the exam (Form A, B, and C).

    If I retake the Utah N.P.O.S.T. and get a lower score, what scores must I submit?
    You may submit your results with your best score. We do not need to use your most recent score.

    Are out-of-state candidates required to come to Utah to complete the N.P.O.S.T.?
    Yes. Currently, we do not offer any proctor services for out-of-state candidates.

  • Veterans' Preference Points

    Veterans’ Preference

    Honorable Discharge Status
    Disabled Veteran Status

    5% added on top of final score
    10% added on top of final score



    Applicants claiming veterans’ preference points MUST submit a copy of their DD-214 with their application.

    The eligibility register will be presented and adopted by the Civil Service Commission.  The eligibility register may be approved for a maximum of two years.  Once the register expires, individuals who remain interested in the position of police officer will be required to reapply for the position and complete the testing process a second time from start to finish.

    It is each candidate’s responsibility to keep the city informed of their current address and phone number during the entire time the list is active.

  • Wages and Schedule

    Personal Leave / Sick Leave

    Each Police Officer shall be awarded personal leave and be able to use their personal leave no later than:

    1. December 7, 2012 for 2012 – 2013 plan year; and
    2. December 6, 2013 for 2013 – 2014 plan year.

    Based on the following schedule:

    Months of Continuous City Service Personal Leave
    Less than 6 months
    40 Hours
    6 to 24 months
    60 Hours
    More than 24 months
    80 Hours

    Police Officers covered by Plan “B” hired during the plan year will receive personal leave on a prorated basis.

    Longevity Pay

    Police Officers will be provided longevity pay according to the following schedule:

    1. At the beginning of the 7th year of service, Police Officers shall receive a total monthly longevity benefit in the sum $50.
    2. At the beginning of the 11th year of service, Police Officers shall receive a total monthly longevity benefit in the sum of $75.
    3. At the beginning of the 17th year of service, Police Officers shall receive a total monthly longevity benefit in the sum of $100.
    4. At the beginning of the 21st year of service, Police Officers shall receive a total monthly longevity benefit in the sum of $125.

    Vacation Accrual

    Police Officers shall accrue vacation according to the following schedule:

    Completed Years of Service
    City Employment Hours Accrued
    per Biweekly Pay Period
    0 to end of year 3
    3.08
    4 through 6
    3.69
    7 through 9
    4.62
    10 through 12
    5.54
    13 through 15
    6.15
    16 through 19
    6.77
    20 or more
    7.69


    Police Officer Base Fiscal Year 2013 Wage Schedule

    Effective June 24, 2012 – January 5, 2013

     A – Days  B – Afternoons  C – Graveyards
    FY ’12
    Pay
    Rate
    FY ’13
    Pay
    Rate
    Bi-Weekly
    Equivalent
    FY ’12
    Pay
    Rate
     FY ’13
    Pay
    Rate
     Bi-Weekly
    Equivalent
    FY ’12
    Pay
    Rate
     FY ’13
    Pay
    Rate
     Bi-Weekly
    Equivalent
    $29.12 $29.12 $2,329.60 $29.84 $29.84 $2,387.20 $30.58 $30.58 $2,446.40
    $27.25 $27.25 $2,180.00 $27.93 $27.93 $2,234.40 $28.61 $28.61 $2,228.80
    $25.54 $25.54 $2,043.20 $26.18 $26.18 $2,094.40 $26.82 $26.82 $2,145.60
    $24.53 $24.53 $1,962.40 $25.15 $25.15 $2,012.00 $25.76 $25.76 $2,060.80
    $23.19 $23.19 $1,855.20 $23.77 $23.77 $1,901.60 $24.36 $24.36 $1,948.80
    $21.87 $21.87 $1,749.60 $22.42 $22.42 $1,793.60 $22.96 $22.96 $1,836.80
    $20.56 $20.56 $1,644.80 $21.07 $21.07 $1,685.60 $21.59 $21.59 $1,727.20
    $19.29 $19.29 $1,543.20 $19.77 $19.77 $1,581.60 $20.26 $20.26 $1,620.80
    Entry Level
    Pay Rate: $18.55
    Bi-Weekly Equiv.: $1,484.00
    Entry Level
    Pay Rate: $19.01
    Bi-Weekly Equiv.: $1,520.80
    Entry Level
    Pay Rate: $19.48
    Bi-Weekly Equiv.: $1,558.40

    Effective January 6, 2013 – June 21, 2014

    A – Days B – Afternoons C – Graveyards
    Years of
    completed
    service
    Pay
    Rate
    Bi-Weekly
    Equivalent
    Pay
    Rate
    Bi-Weekly
    Equivalent
    Pay
    Rate
    Bi-Weekly
    Equivalent
     Rate %
    Entry $17.65 $1,411.74 $18.09 $1,447.03 $18.53  $1,482.32  60
    1* $19.12 $1,529.38 $19.60 $1,567.62 $20.07  $1,605.85  65
    2 $20.59 $1,647.03 $21.10 $1,688.20 $21.62  $1,729.38  70
    4 $23.53 $1,882.32 $24.12 $1,929.37 $24.71  $1,976.43  80
    6 $26.47 $2,117.61 $27.13 $2,170.55 $27.79  $2,223.49  90
    8 $29.41 $2,352.90 $30.15 $2,411.72 $30.88  $2,470.54  100
     * or completion of probation, whichever occurs later

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Must I already be certified to be considered for the position of Salt Lake City Police Officer?

    No.

  • What are my chances of getting hired as a Salt Lake City Police Officer?

    Your chances of becoming a Police Officer will depend upon the number of openings that occur and the number of candidates competing for the position.  It is difficult to determine exactly how many positions will be filled during the life of the register.  Such factors as budget, retirements and other unforeseen circumstances make estimates difficult.

  • How is each candidate ranked on the Salt Lake City Civil Service Police Officer Eligibility Register?

    Salt Lake City Police Department Police Officer candidates are ranked on the Civil Service Police Officer Eligibility Register as follows:

    • 20% – Utah National Police Officer Selection (N.P.O.S.T.) Scores
    • 80% – Written Examination
  • What is it like working for the Salt Lake City Police Department?

    Salt Lake City Police Department’s Style of Policing:

    The Salt Lake City Police Department is committed to Community Oriented Policing (COP), or as it is sometimes referred to: Problem Oriented Policing (POP). These styles of policing move the focus of policing from responding and reporting criminal acts to one of responding to criminal or civil problems, analyzing the causes of those problems, and then implementing a plan of action to eliminate the roots of the problem, thus eliminating the need for a continued response from officers of our department to that problem. This process requires the officers of the SLCPD to become familiar with the other agencies within the City that can be utilized to resolve the criminal or civil problem the officer is attempting to resolve.

    Due to the style of policing incorporated by the Salt Lake City Police Department, we are looking for those individuals who possess analytical skills. We need individuals who have a desire to formulate and implement plans of action in response to problems—both criminal and civil—within the boundaries of Salt Lake City.

    What is employment with the SLCPD like?

    The Salt Lake City Police Department is the largest department within the State of Utah, and one of the larger agencies located in the western United States. Due to the size of the Department (432 sworn officers), employees are afforded numerous opportunities to work in specialized assignments; these same opportunities do not exist in smaller agencies.

    During the course of a career, employees with the Salt Lake City Police Department will have the opportunity to work in a patrol division and on one of the four bike patrol squads. There are also opportunities to work SWAT, Traffic Enforcement (either on motors or in accident cars) and K-9. Additionally, the Department has an extensive investigative bureau that allows officers to work assignments in homicide, robbery, larceny/burglary, auto theft, financial crimes, and homeland security, as well as undercover in vice and narcotics. It is this ability to work many and varied assignments that provides our officers with the skills and knowledge to be some of the best law enforcement officers in the nation.

    Most officers on the Department work four 10-hour shifts per week. If the officer is working a uniformed assignment, he/she will bid for the shift they will work, as well as their days off, by their seniority on the department. Thusly, the newer the officer is to the department, the less likely they are to have weekends off or a day-shift assignment; officers working investigative assignments generally work a day-shift assignment and have weekends off.

    The SLCPD has two gyms located within its buildings, as well as locker and shower facilities. Officers are afforded a one-hour lunch break for each shift they work. Many of the officers use that one-hour lunch to work out.

    The SLCPD has an indoor shooting range located within the Pioneer Precinct, which is available to the employees all year long; there is an outdoor range, as well, that incorporates a rifle range.

    Currently, each officer has the option of participating in the “take-home-car-program.” There are restrictions as to the distance one can live from the City and still have a take-home vehicle; there is a fee associated with this program the officer must be willing to pay in order to have the take-home vehicle; the fee is based on how many miles the officer lives from the City.

    Reasons to choose to live and work in Salt Lake City?

    Salt Lake City is the capital city for the State of Utah, and it is the largest city located in Salt Lake County. Salt Lake City has become a large metropolitan city with a population of 181,743; Salt Lake County has a population of 1.2 million. Despite the size of this metropolis, the area holds the distinction of having the nation’s highest literacy rate; the fourth-highest percentage of high school graduates; and, the 11th-highest percentage of college graduates. The area has the distinction of having the seventh-lowest rate of violent crime in the nation, and has the third-longest life expectancy in the nation.

    For the year 2006, Utah’s household income ranked ninth in the nation at $55,619 per household, while the average home price in Salt Lake City was at $284,756.

    Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas offer numerous opportunities for entertainment. The area has several theaters that offer a full season of live theater. The Salt Lake area is host to a professional basketball team, the Utah Jazz, which consistently makes the playoffs; an indoor arena football team, the Blaze; as well as a triple-A baseball team, the Bees; and a minor league hockey team, the Grizzlies. Additionally, there are numerous shopping centers, theaters and restaurants to serve all of your needs.

    Salt Lake City hosts a nationally recognized arts festival every June, and our neighbor to the east, Park City, hosts a renowned arts festival every summer. Park City also plays host to Robert Redford’s world renowned “Sundance Film Festival” each winter.

    For the outdoor-loving individual: the Wasatch Mountains are a mere 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City and host to several ski areas. Area residents can take a 30-minute drive and be skiing in the best snow in the world. The area’s ski resorts receive more than 400 inches of snow annually. Additionally, the state of Utah has some of the most striking National Parks in Zion and Bryce canyons, as well as endless boating on Lake Powell.

  • What happens if I am hired?

    The Police Academy begins the first day on the job.  The Police Academy runs 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, and lasts approximately 20 weeks.  Each recruit is monitored and evaluated closely during this period.  Recruits should plan to study three hours each night, and they must pass required written and skills-based evaluations.  Recruits are required to maintain a heavy physical fitness schedule, which includes daily physical training, as well as drills, on most days.  Recruits are paid their police officer salary while attending the academy.

  • Is there a probationary period?

    Applicants who are hired are placed on probation for twelve (12) months.  New employees who voluntarily resign during their probationary period may be required to reimburse their employer for the full cost of issued uniforms and equipment.  You may be required to pass a physical examination on an annual basis and participate in programs to maintain your physical fitness after being hired.

  • What can I expect during the Salt Lake City Police Department Academy?

    Prior to July 2006, all applicants who were hired for the position of police officer with Salt Lake City and had yet to complete the Utah State Police Academy, spent the first 18 weeks of their employment at the Utah State Police Academy.

    Upon successful completion of the State Academy, the recruit returned to the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Training Division to spend an additional eight to 10 weeks in further, more specific training geared toward equipping each recruit with the skills they would need to function as a competent solo officer for the City of Salt Lake.

    In an effort to shorten the time each new recruit spent in training between the two academies, the Salt Lake City Police Department petitioned the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council asking for permission to provide all of the POST required training to our recruits at the City’s training facility. POST granted permission for this request, and since July 2006 all new police officers for the City of Salt Lake are trained at the Salt Lake Police Pioneer Precinct. The curriculum covers all of the mandates set forth by POST, and it covers the training necessary to function as a police officer for the City of Salt Lake. Since the training is now combined, the amount of time each recruit must spend in training has been reduced from 28 weeks to 21 weeks. This reduction in training time saves the citizens of Salt Lake City tens of thousands of dollars yearly; however, it does not reduce the amount of quality training each recruit receives. Since the Salt Lake City Police Department started hosting the full academy, each class of recruits has graduated with a class average of 90% or better on all of the tests they were required to take.

    Currently, all Utah POST-certified officers who desire employment with Salt Lake City must attend the academy in full.

    While attending the Academy you should expect the following:

    The Salt Lake City Police Academy runs for 20 to 21 weeks, depending on class size, holidays and training requirements. During that time each recruit will receive approximately 832 hours of instruction to include but not limited to: Constitutional Law, State Law, City Law, use of force, defensive tactics and handcuffing skills, emergency vehicle operation, police weapons and tatics training. Additionally, each recruit will be exposed to the effects of the “pepper spray” and the conducted electrical device (commonly called a TASER) they will carry while working.

    The academic requirements for the Salt Lake City Police Academy are very strict. Each recruit must maintain an average of 80 percent or better on all tests and quizzes during the academy. If a recruit fails three tests, he/she will be dismissed from training and separated from employment.

    Before graduation, the recruit must pass the Utah POST “Special Functions Officer” and “Law Enforcement Officer” tests. These tests are comprehensive and cover material learned during the academy.

    Each recruit is strongly urged to enter the academy in top physical condition. The recruit will run three times a week with the length of the runs increasing up to five miles. Additionally, the recruit will participate in rigorous cross training.

    Once the recruit has successfully completed all aspects of the academy, he/she will enter the Field Training (FTO) Program. This program is 14 weeks in duration, and the recruit will work with a minimum of four different training officers during that time. During FTO, the recruit will be evaluated daily in 37 different aspects of the job. At the successful conclusion of the FTO Program, the recruit is certified as a solo patrol officer and is assigned to a patrol division to begin their career with the Salt Lake City Police Department.