Police Officer

Valdez, AK
Valdez Police Department

The Valdez Police Department is accepting applications for Police Officer. The position will remain open until filled, with an initial review date of January 17th, 2022.

The mission of the Valdez Police Department is to provide excellent service and protection through leadership and partnership with the community. We recognize that each Officer is instrumental in achieving our goals and remain steadfast in our commitment to pursuing the best applicants to join our team. The Valdez Police Department is proud of our positive relationship with the community and actively work to maintain and improve it. Applicants should embody our core values of INTEGRITY, PROFESSIONALISM, RESPECT, and VALOR.

Surrounded by the beautiful Chugach mountains, Valdez offers world class fishing and skiing, hiking, ice climbing, snow machining, and a myriad of other recreational options. Mountains and coastal living meet in Valdez with easy access to the mountains of Thompson Pass and the pristine waters of Prince William Sound. Valdez is home to about 4,000 permanent residents with a year-round tourism industry and a substantial population increase in the summer months due to seasonal workers and tourism. Come live where you work, and play where you live.

The Valdez Police Department provides the primary law enforcement response for the 270 square miles within the City of Valdez, including the Alyeska Marine Terminal (the terminus of the Trans Alaska Pipeline). The department consists of 12 sworn officers, including the Chief of Police. Patrol teams work 12-hour days under the highly regarded week on / week off schedule. Officers are assigned take home vehicles during their tour of duty.

The Valdez Police Department is committed to providing its members with top notch training and equipment necessary to perform its mission. The department is well-funded and supported by the City Manager and City Council. We have a robust training budget that enables officers to grow professionally throughout their career and explore opportunities that do not exist at other departments our size – such as an FBI-certified bomb squad.


$73,470.00 – $100,289.00 Annually




• Enforces local, state and Federal laws and Municipal Codes.
• Patrols the City to respond to citizens' requests for assistance, enforce traffic regulations, detect crime, apprehend violators, and ensure public safety.
• Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service; interrogates and communicates with victims, witnesses and suspects in cases; identifies and collects evidence; completes detailed reports and required paperwork; performs follow-up investigations as required.
• Responds to motor vehicle accidents, citizen complaints, public and domestic disturbances, and life threatening emergencies.
• Makes arrests and transports prisoners.
• Maintains vehicle and equipment according to Department standards.
• Represents the Police Department at court hearings; prepares reports requested and subpoenaed by the courts; and testifies in court cases.
• Presents education and information programs through community and school awareness projects; teaches and counsels those within the community on law enforcement activities, programs and referral resources.
• Assists and interacts with other Police personnel, City departments, outside organizations and businesses, and Federal, state and local law enforcement organizations in order to accomplish tasks.
• Collects information and compiles data for reports.
• Maintains the integrity, professionalism, philosophies, attitudes, and values of the Police Department by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Desired Skills:

Knowledge of:
• State, City and Federal statutes, rules, codes, ordinances and regulations.
• Police Department policies and procedures, rules of evidence, current law enforcement management principles, and criminal and traffic codes.
• criminal justice and court systems, procedures and protocols in the State of Alaska.
• investigative and interrogative procedures, and techniques for observation of critical details.
• emergency first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

Skill in:
• safely using and maintaining a variety of firearms and special law enforcement equipment.
• exercising controlled discretion in communicating with criminal suspects and mediating difficult situations.
• operating motor vehicles during emergency, high-risk situations.
• maintaining cooperative working relationships with law enforcement agencies and other participants in the criminal justice process.


Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be certified as a Police Officer by the State of Alaska Police Standards Council, and possess State of Alaska Driver's license, and clear criminal record. Additional special assignments may require two (2) years sworn law enforcement experience. Depending on the needs of the City, additional licenses, certifications and/or training may be required.