Why work for the Salt Lake City Police Department

We will serve as guardians of our community to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property, and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.
  • Career Path Incentive Pay

  • SLCPD Accepts Laterals and New Recruits

  • Get Paid While Attending the In-House Academy

Now accepting applications for police officers however we do not anticipate hiring until summer 2021

All interested candidates must complete and submit an online application and a copy of their resume to be eligible. You DO NOT need to take the NPOST test, it is no longer required.

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.



Email a recruiter with your questions concerning the hiring process.
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.

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:

Bomb Squad
K9 Squad
Detective Division
Narcotics Task Force
Homicide Unit
Gang Unit
Bike Patrol
Intelligence Division

Click here to read additional details about each unit
Personal Leave / Sick Leave

The benefit plan year of plan “B” begins in each calendar year on the first day of the pay-period that includes November 15.

Personal Leave hours may be used starting on the first day of the pay period following the pay period in which hours are granted.

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
4 through 6
7 through 9
10 through 12
13 through 15
16 through 19
20 or more
Police Officer Base Wage Schedule
A – Days B – Afternoons C – Graveyards
Years of
Entry $21.01 $1,680.08 $21.54 $1,723.20 $22.06  $1,764.80
2 $21.90 $1,752.00 $22.45 $1,796.00 $23.00  $1,840.00
4 $25.03 $2,002.40 $25.66 $2,052.80 $26.29  $2,103.20
6 $28.16 $2,252.80 $28.86 $2,308.80 $29.56  $2,364.80
8 $33.10 $2,648.00 $33.93 $2,714.40 $34.76  $2,780.80
12 $35.10 $2,808.00 $35.98 $2,878.40 $36.86  $2,948.80

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Competitive Salary
Career Path Incentive Pay
One for One Lateral Entry Program
Merit Increases
Longevity Pay
Overtime for Special Events
Court Appearance Compensation
Take Home Automobile
12 Paid Holidays per Year
Retirement and Pension Plans
Union Representation
Indoor and Outdoor Firing Range
Tuition Assistance
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: Written Communication Exercise, 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.

Our next academy class is not anticipated until sometime during the summer of 2021
Please keep an eye on this website for the most current information. Hiring needs can change rapidly, so the hiring window could change

When we begin hiring the process for new officers is broken down into seven phases.
Scroll down to see additional information about each phase.

Now accepting applications.

To Be Determined

P.T./Written - Pioneer

To Be Determined

Oral Interviews,
Ranking, and Pre-questionnaires


To Be Determined

Ranking and ESOPH-1 Week

To Be Determined

Background Investigations and Home Visits

To Be Determined

Psychological and misc.

To Be Determined

Chief's Interview and Medical screen

Lateral process is always open.

Officers are hired based on the staffing needs of the department. These needs change regularly.
Laterals do not have to take a written exam nor a physical agility test.

Now accepting applications, hiring will occur as staffing needs allow
Oral Interviews,
Ranking, and Pre-questionnaires

Background Investigations and Home Visits
Psychological and misc.
Chief's Interview and Medical Screen

The Hiring Process

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


All interested candidates must complete and submit an online application and a copy of their resume to be eligible.

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.


On the day of the physical agility test, candidates are required to present the following at check-in at the examination site:

  • Photo identification that displays date of birth (i.e. driver license, passport, or military I.D. card)
  • Release of Information Form
  • Background Personal History Questionnaire
  • DD-214 (if applicable)
  • Copy of Utah National Police Officer Selection Test (Utah NPOST) scores additional background documents

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. Physical agility examination results from any other jurisdiction cannot be substituted for Salt Lake City Police Department’s physical agility test for Police Officer.

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. The written exam scores may be used to determine a cutoff or pass rate, and the department will consider the natural break, adverse impacts and departmental need. The written exam will identify a candidate that closely matches the needs of the Department. The written exam is primarily intended as a hurdle exam to advance those candidates to the next phase of the process.

Candidates reaching this phase will be notified of the event date, time, and location.

The top ranked candidates passing a preliminary background investigation will be required to participate in the Oral Board Interview. Candidates will be asked a series of interview questions.
The top candidates after the interview will be required to undergo an extensive background investigation. The investigation may include, but is not limited to, the following:
  • employment history
  • driving history
  • arrest and conviction record
  • financial responsibility
  • Interviews with family members, neighbors, supervisors, co-workers, and friends

The top ranked candidates after the oral board interview will be invited to complete a Computer Voice Stress Analysis. This instrument is used for truth verifcation, which measures "micro tremors" 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.

The top candidates passing the 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.

The top candidates who have successfully advanced after each of the above hurdles in the recruitment process will be contacted by phone and invited to interview with the Police Chief.

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.

Candidates will be ranked according to their current and/or final score and placed on the Police Officer eligibility register.

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 present photo 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), Release of Information Form, Background Personal History Questionnaire, DD-214 (if applicable), copy of Utah National Police Officer Selection Test (Utah NPOST) scores and additional background documents to check-in at the examination site. 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 15 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. 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, there is no time limit.

Minimum requirement for push-ups 16 


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 25


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 15:37

Recruitment Forum

Within the forum, ask any questions you have about recruitment, get information about upcoming events, and communicate with your peers.

Frequently Asked Questions

1Must I already be certified to be considered for the position of Salt Lake City Police Officer?
2What 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.
3How 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 based on their

  • performance on a written test
  • performance on a reading comprehension test
  • performance on a interactive video test
  • The top candidates will be invited to an oral interview
4What 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.

5What 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.
6Is 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.
7What 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 tactics 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.