Entry Level Police Officer

Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City Police Department

Salt Lake City PD Recruiting

The official job description for the position is as follows:

Incumbents perform duties that consist primarily of actively preventing or detecting crime, providing security, community protection, and enforcement of criminal statutes or ordinances. Responds to situations involving threats to public safety and makes emergency decisions affecting the lives and health of others, including in circumstances and at times when personal life or personal safety may be at risk.


  • Suppresses crime through identification and apprehension of criminals and recovery of stolen property.
  • Regulates non-criminal conduct, such as traffic control, crowd control, and social relations.
  • Compiles and prepares required information and evidence to assist in prosecution of criminal cases. Testifies as a witness and renders credible testimonies in a court of law.
  • Reports to scene of accidents and investigates causes and results of accidents.
  • Responds to robbery and burglary alarms and other misdemeanor and felony crimes, which may necessitate the exertion of extraordinary physical effort and the use of initiative and common sense.
  • Secures the scene of crime, conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, obtains witnesses, and makes arrests.
  • Makes investigations of vice and narcotics activities, identifies and recovers stolen property, investigates reports of stolen automobiles and property stolen from automobiles, conducts investigations of homicides and thefts, conducts special investigations for other law enforcement agencies, investigates all complaints on checks and forgeries, investigates complaints of crimes committed by juveniles. May work undercover in performing these functions to obtain evidence to be used in the arrest and conviction of guilty parties.
  • Maintains knowledge of criminal and civil law, and police techniques and tactics.
  • Attends regular training classes in police methods.
  • Provides peripheral services such as giving information, directions, advice and general assistance to the public whenever necessary.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Graduation from the Utah Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) Academy with P.O.S.T. certification as a Law Enforcement Officer is required within one (1) year of hire.
  • Must be either a U.S. Citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States who has been in the United States legally for the five years immediately before the day on which the application is made; and has legal authorization to work in the United States as of the date of the first examination.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of certification as a law enforcement officer.
  • Considerable human relations skills and communications skills.
  • Ability to work independently, make critical decisions, and use initiative and common sense.
  • Must be able to render credible testimony in a court of law.
  • Must have valid state driver’s license or Utah driving privilege card (or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment).


  • Moderately heavy physical activity. Required to push, pull or lift medium heavy weights. Difficult working positions. Must stand, walk or sit uncomfortably for extended periods. Moderate exposure to elements such as heat, cold, dampness, fumes, noise, dust or grease. Exposure to hostile, life-threatening situations. May be required to use physical force to include deadly force in course of assigned duties.
  • Considerable exposure to stressful situations as a result of human behavior. In field operations, exposure to stress as well as occupational hazards is of considerable magnitude.
  • Required to work irregular hours in addition to regularly scheduled shift on an as needed basis.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.


Entry – $29.26/hr.
2 year – $31.20/hr.
4 year – $33.14/hr.
6 year – $37.70/hr.
8 year – $40.22/hr.
12 year – $45.27/hr.

Department: Police
Full Time/Part Time: Full time
Scheduled Hours: 40