Why work for the Salt Lake City Police Department
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SLCPD Accepts Laterals and New Recruits
Get Paid While Attending the In-House Academy
Now accepting applications
for police officers
All interested candidates must complete and submit an online application and a copy of their resume to be eligible. It is best to have your Utah National Police Officer Selection Test (Utah NPOST) scores back at the time of applying but they are not due until the day of the final interview. Please note it could take up to six weeks to receive your test results in the mail.
If a candidate does not have computer access, he/she may go to SLC Human Resources located in the City and County Building at 451 South State Street, Suite 115, Salt Lake City, for assistance. Applications turned in after the designated application deadline will not be accepted.
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.
We have many career opportunities within the department. Police officers have the ability to work several different specialized assignments during their career. They have the opportunity of moving within the department while learning new skills on the job.A few specialty squads are:
Narcotics Task Force
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
6 to 24 months
|More than 24 months||
Police Officers covered by Plan “B” hired during the plan year will receive personal leave on a prorated basis.
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.
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
4 through 6
7 through 9
10 through 12
13 through 15
16 through 19
20 or more
|A – Days||B – Afternoons||C – Graveyards|
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One for One Lateral Entry Program
Overtime for Special Events
Court Appearance Compensation
Take Home Automobile
12 Paid Holidays per Year
Retirement and Pension Plans
Indoor and Outdoor Firing Range
Shift Differential Pay
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 a current Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification as a Law Enforcement Officer. Out-of-state applicants must successfully pass Utah POST Waiver Process.
- 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 Category I Certificate.
- Candidates must complete a Lateral Entry Application (provided prior to hire).
- 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: Physical Agility Test, Written Communication Exercise, Written Examination, Oral Board Interview, Background Investigation, Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA), Psychological Evaluation and Examination, Interview with the Chief, Physical Examination and Drug 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, vacation and personal leave time 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 or abbreviated Salt Lake City Police Academy, as requested. The Police Academy would begin the first day on the job and is typically held Monday through Friday (40 hrs per week). Candidates are paid their lateral entry salary while attending the Police Academy.
|Honorable Discharge Status||5% added on top of final score|
|Disabled Veteran Status||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.
The minimum requirements to become a Salt Lake City Police Officer are as follows:
- Graduation from high school or possession of GED certificate.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen on/by the date of the first examination.
- Must be at least 21 years of age by the date of hire.
- Successful completion of Civil Service examination process which may include physical agility test, written examination, oral board interviews, background investigation, computer voice stress analysis, psychological examination and evaluation, interview, and medical examination and drug screen.
- Successful completion of Utah N.P.O.S.T. exam prior to the day of the final interview.
- Graduation from Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy within six (6) months of hire.
- Considerable human relations and communications skills.
- Ability to work independently, make critical decisions, and use initiative and common sense.
- Must have valid Utah Driver License or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.
Testing and Selection Process
The testing and selection process for this position consists of the following phases:
All candidates must turn in a copy of their Utah National Police Officer Selection Test (Utah NPOST) scores at the time of the Physical Agility Test. It is best to have your scores back at the time of applying but they are not due until the day of the final interview. Candidates must have received an overall score of 70% on each of the four components of the exam. Please note it could take up to six weeks to receive your test results in the mail.
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.
It is recommended that the candidate should abstain from smoking or eating for a minimum of two hours preceding the test on the day of. 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.
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.
Minimum requirement for jump 14.5 inches
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.
Minimum requirement for push-ups 14
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.
Minimum requirement for sit-ups 23
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.
Minimum time requirement for 1.5 mile run 16:11
Frequently Asked Questions
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
- 40% – Written Examination
- 40% – Oral Board Interview
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.
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.