Police Officer – POST

Sparks, NV
Sparks Police Department

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. Apply here to start the process.

Salary: $27.95 – $36.39 Hourly
$2,236.00 – $2,911.20 Biweekly
$58,136.00 – $75,691.20 Annually


  • 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.
  • Provide information, direction and other services and assistance to the public. Participate in community events and present to small or large groups. Engage in community policing efforts, use crime analysis data and other interventions to reduce and prevent crime.
  • Direct the activities of police support personnel in field situations.


Marijuana is illegal at the federal level. The City of Sparks receives federal grants. Must not have used marijuana in the last 18 months.

Nevada Law requires the following for a candidate to be a Police Officer:
• Must be 21 years old at the time of appointment
• Must be a U.S. Citizen
• 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.
Candidates must meet all federal, state and local requirements for the position of Police Officer.

Education and Experience:
• High School Diploma or equivalent
• Possess and maintain the equivalent to a valid Nevada Class C driver's license at the time of the Civil Service testing and at time of hire.
• Possession of a Nevada P.O.S.T Category 1 certificate, an out-of-state P.O.S.T. Category 1 Certificate which has reciprocity from Nevada; OR Successfully Passed a Nevada P.O.S.T. Category I Academy in the last 18 months.
• Paid or volunteer experience in law enforcement setting is desirable.

Other Requirements:
Must be 21 years of age by your Civil Service testing date, a citizen of the USA and be free from police record, excepting minor misdeameanor traffic violations. Candidate(s) selected for a vacancy will be required to complete a controlled substance screening, polygraph, psychological, medical exams and detailed background investigation. Applicants must be eligble per NAC 289.110.