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Employment Opportunities

Police Officer Testing – May 2020

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$21.35/hr
  • Posted Date:02/24/2020


Provo City is recruiting for entry-level police officers and strongly encourages civic-minded individuals interested in supporting their community to apply.

Please note change: Applicants no longer have a one year testing restriction. Applicants may test with the Provo Police Department as often as desired. 

Salary: $21.35 per hour. Payment will be made by direct deposit. 

Minimum Requirements: Equivalent to a high school diploma, 21 years of age, citizen of the United States, and Law Enforcement Officer Certification through POST (Utah State Peace Officer Standards and Training) during the one year new hire probationary period. Employees of this class are subject to sufficient residency requirements as stated in Provo City Policies and Procedures and should reside within a designated fifteen mile radius of the department’s primary operations facility. An official map that specifies the residency border will be maintained by the department. Exceptions will be reviewed by the Chief and compliance within the designated radius will be verified by the Chief prior to hire, promotion, or change of residency.   

Benefits: Position includes a full benefits package, including: medical, dental, life, AD&D, and LTD insurance plans, retirement plans, employee assistance and wellness programs, and sick, vacation, and holiday leaves. Optional plans available include: health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, vision insurance, legal assistance, home and auto insurance, ID theft protection, supplemental medical insurance, and deferred compensation (401k, 457 & IRA) plans. Equipment, uniform, and uniform cleaning are furnished. 

Career Progression Opportunities: [NOTE: This is a four-tier open career series. Candidates are normally appointed at the entry level of the series but can be placed higher in the career series based on qualifications at the discretion of the Chief. Candidates appointed directly at higher than entry level must satisfactorily demonstrate the required proficiencies during the probationary period.] Police Officer II: Two years of law enforcement experience equivalent to the level of a Provo City Police Officer I. Senior Police Officer: Three years of experience as a Provo City Police Officer II OR five years of comparable experience as a law enforcement officer. In addition, incumbent must have completed POST Advanced Officer Training or the Provo Police Department Advanced Officer course and have experience in a special team assignment.  Master Police Officer: Ten years of experience as a Provo City Police Officer of which five full time years must have been as a Senior Police Officer with no significant disciplinary and/or productivity issues in the previous 12-month period. In addition, incumbent must have completed one of the following: POST Mid-Management Certificate, IACP Leadership in Police Organizations Program or two Launching Learning Revolution Training segments with written exams (80% score or higher).  

Essential Duties: This is a public safety position with the Provo City Police Department. The appointed employee will be required to perform the following duties: enforce all laws of the State of Utah and/or the City of Provo and Utah County; patrol assigned areas to discover, control, and prevent violations of the law; respond to calls, emergencies, and alarms; deliver emergency messages; mediate civil complaints; gather intelligence; serve warrants and subpoenas; educate the public in prevention of all crimes; actively seek out and detect all criminal activity; investigate complaints, traffic accidents, and crimes by interviewing complainants, suspects, witnesses and victims; prepare, compose, and submit reports of a quality to be used in a court of law or as a basis for further investigation or intelligence gathering; testify in court or at hearings when subpoenaed; arrest suspects by proper and approved methods; subdue, overcome, and control persons by using reasonable force; maintain security of and escort prisoners from crime scenes to jail, court, or other assigned areas; handle inquiries or complaints; interview prisoners; render first aid when necessary; assist the public, control crowds, and intervene in crises; perform other related duties as required. 

Note: Candidates are no longer required to be Law Enforcement or Special Function certified or currently enrolled in any level (Special Function or Law Enforcement) of a state recognized law enforcement academy at time of hire. Provo City will sponsor non-certified candidates through the Utah POST Academy upon hire. Candidates must meet the minimum requirements for the position and preference will be given to individuals with a bachelor’s degree. A preliminary qualifying test may be included before the examination and may set a minimum qualifying standard to identify and advance the most suitable candidates.

Licenses: Applicants must possess a valid, lawful driver's license and must obtain a Utah driver's license at time of appointment. Candidates may be disqualified on the basis of an unacceptable driving record as reflected by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. Driving records will be evaluated on a case by case basis. 

Testing Process: The testing process will begin with a physical test, which includes flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, and strength testing. Candidates must pass each section of the physical test. If an applicant has taken the physical test being administered in the current exam process (Modified Cooper Standard–POST Exit Requirements) within the last three months, the previous certified score may be accepted and the candidate excused from that portion of the exam. Candidates who pass the physical test will advance that afternoon to a general aptitude written exam with law enforcement application. All sections of the written exam must be passed with 70% or higher for the applicant to be considered further. If an applicant has taken the written test being administered in the current exam process (National Police Officer Selection Test) within the last six months, the previous certified score may be accepted and the candidate excused from that portion of the exam. All certified scores for previously taken written and physical tests must be submitted at the time of application. Candidates passing the written test will be notified and scheduled for oral interviews. Following the oral interview, candidates will be ranked on an eligibility list based on their overall score. This list may be modified periodically by integration of candidates certified through other testing processes as allowed by the Civil Service Commission. 

Hiring: Appointments are made from the eligibility list established by this process. When a vacancy occurs, top candidates are referred to the Chief for selection consideration. Appointment is conditional upon successful completion of a psychological examination, physical examination, audiogram, drug screen, and background reference check. Applicants will also be required to take a polygraph examination. Note: In compliance with an amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968, individuals who have been convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” will not be eligible for employment as a police officer unless the conviction has been expunged, set aside, pardoned, or the person has had his or her civil rights restored (if the law of the applicable jurisdiction provides for the loss of civil rights under such an offense).                                                                                                               

To Apply: Apply online at or at the Provo City Division of Human Resources located at 351 West Center, Provo, UT.

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