Police Officer – POST

City of Sparks, NV
Sparks Police Department

$30.77 – $41.37 Hourly

Job Information

Are you looking for a meaningful career that has a positive impact on the community? If you answered yes, come join the Sparks Police Department! We proudly display “Where Community Comes First” on the police vehicles, a motto developed by our front lines. While carrying out the vision to implement innovative strategies to prevent crime, promote excellence in leadership and serve the community, you will also receive a generous and competitive salary, benefit package, tuition reimbursement, bilingual pay (when applicable) and retirement plan. People who come to Sparks stay in Sparks. It’s more than a job – it’s a career that offers special assignments, continuing education and promotional opportunities.

Learn to perform a variety of peace officer duties involving the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and ordinances, criminal investigation, crime prevention and suppression, case preparation and testimony. Provide information and assistance to the public. This is the first working level class in law enforcement expected to perform all duties required to effectively respond to and resolve the normal scope of peace officer situations.


  • Patrol assigned areas to ensure the security of life and property. Observe situations and deter crime by providing high visibility. Provide information to the public concerning methods for improved security. Provide multi-jurisdictional aid and support, and participate in searches.
  • Respond to suspicious activities and answer emergency calls for service. Enforce local, state and federal laws and ordinances. Issue verbal warnings and citations. Pursue and apprehend suspects and request assistance as required; transport prisoners.
  • Investigate juvenile and designated adult criminal activity and incidents as the assigned detective. Interview victims, complainants, witnesses and suspects.
  • Coordinate crime scene control and investigation. Conduct interviews, interrogations and identify witnesses. Process crime scene and evidence collection. Store and maintain evidence and property including narcotics. Maintain photo lab. Send evidence to other law enforcement agencies as required. Provide evidence and testimony in court.
  • Conduct auctions for unclaimed property. Provide for the destruction of evidence including narcotics as required.
  • Restore order, protect life and property and maintain the peace at public gatherings and in conflict situations.
  • Prepare and document cases, complete reports and records and prepare and maintain logs and records.
  • Investigate traffic accidents and provide traffic and crowd control as necessary. Participate in special details and assignments. Organize and coordinate special assignments such as crime prevention programs in the schools and the community.
  • Provide emergency aid and assistance to incapacitated persons and request additional response.


Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications to continue in the recruitment process:

Candidates must meet all federal, state and local requirements for the position of Police Officer. The City of Sparks receives federal grants and must adhere to federal regulations. As marijuana is illegal at the federal level, eligible candidates must not have used marijuana in the last 12 months.

Nevada Law requires the following for a candidate to be a Police Officer:

  • Must be 21 years old at time of application
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen at time of application
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony in Nevada or convicted of any offense which would be a felony if committed in Nevada
  • Other requirements as outlined in regulation and law. See NAC 289.110 and NRS 289.510 for more information about state requirements.

Education and Experience:
High School Diploma or equivalent

Licenses and Certifications:
Must possess at time of application and maintain throughout employment, the equivalent to a valid Nevada Class C driver’s license.

Must possess at time of application and maintain throughout employment, a Nevada P.O.S.T Category 1 certificate, an out-of-state, Nevada reciprocity eligible P.O.S.T. Category 1 Certificate; OR Successfully Passed a Nevada P.O.S.T. Category I Academy in the last 18 months.