Drug Unit Police Officer

Fairbanks, AK
Fairbanks Police Department

Salary: $41.14 – $55.36 Hourly.

Position Summary:

Lateral Police Officers from outside Alaska must have successfully completed a state certified training academy with at least 650 hours, must have at least five year of experience from a full-service law enforcement agency, and must be now or have been certified within 5 years as a police officer in their jurisdiction to be considered for the Drug Unit position with the Fairbanks Police Department.

The Fairbanks Police Department will work with Alaska Police Standards Council and the lateral applicant in attempts to approve them for APSC certification based on their past training and experience.

Once APSC accepts an individual’s out of state certification, each individual applicant will be vetted and assessed by the Fairbanks Police Department for the proper course of training that will be required, but likely successful candidates will attend an abbreviated Police Academy to familiarize them with police work in Fairbanks.

After an abbreviated training orientation, officers will be required to attend Field Training. Field Training may be abbreviated depending on the progress of the individual officer.

Essential Functions:

  • Enforcement of all criminal and traffic laws including the identification and apprehension of violators.
  • Perform a variety of crime prevention and enforcement duties as assigned.
  • Respond to complaints and requests for police assistance and intervene in various situations as required.
  • Enforce traffic regulations, direct traffic, investigate collisions and complete detailed collision reports.
  • Conduct preliminary investigations; collect and preserve evidence.
  • Maintain records and daily reports; prepare cases for court testimony.
  • Testify in court as required.
  • Coordinate with other agencies as required.
  • Use of firearms, driving emergency vehicles, handcuffing prisoners, administering first aid, rescue operations, lifting and carrying up to 70 lbs., directing traffic, subdue prisoners, pursue suspects, walking-lateral mobility, walking over rough terrain, bending, stooping, crouching, sitting, standing, standing for long periods, kneeling, twisting, pushing, pulling, running, sense of touch, reaching, gripping hands and fingers, climbing stairs, ladders, hearing alarms and voice conversation, color identification, close and far vision, side vision-depth perception, night vision, maintaining balance, finger dexterity, speaking, physically control combative and disruptive persons.


  • Must be a citizen of the USA by date of hire.
  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  • Must be at least 21 years old by date of hire.
  • Must possess a valid State of Alaska driver’s license by date of hire.
  • Must meet Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC) and Fairbanks Police Department (FPD) standards regarding misdemeanor and/or felony convictions, traffic violations and use of controlled substances. Such as:
    • No criminal convictions after reaching the age of 18.
    • No marijuana use within the past one (1) years.
  • Must be able to obtain APSC certification within 13 months of hire (AS 18.65.240).
  • Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN) / National Crime Information Center (NCIC), certification within thirty (30) days of hire.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) background check at time of hire.