Steps to Become a Nevada Police Officer – Requirements to Become a Cop
All peace officers in Nevada must be certified by the Nevada Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training (POST), the state agency that establishes the minimum requirements for statewide law enforcement positions. The agency has an excellent web site http://post.state.nv.us with an extensive FAQ section that provides answers to just about any question a candidate may have about becoming an officer in the state.
Requirements And Qualifications
To begin with, no candidate can be certified without having successfully completed a basic training program at one of the state’s many training academies and having a job with a police agency. There are, of course, many additional requirements and minimum standards to meet.
Every candidate will have to undergo a complete background investigation to verify that he or she has good moral character and meets the minimum standards established by the commission. Those minimum standards require candidates to be U.S. citizens at least 21 years old at the time of appointment to a law enforcement position.
All candidates must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent GED certificate, and all candidates will undergo a medical examination by a licensed physician who will be looking for any physical condition that would adversely affect performance of the duties of a peace officer.
Police Officer Disqualifying Factors
POST regulations also stipulate t hat no person may be appointed a peace officer if they have been convicted of a felony in Nevada, or been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude, or the unlawful use, sale or possession of a controlled substance. A documented history physical violence also disqualifies a candidate from certification.
Nevada Police Academy Requirements
Once a candidate has verified he or she meets the minimum standards, they can enroll in an academy. There are a number of basic training academies in Nevada. Only candidates who have already been hired by a police agency can attend the Nevada Law Enforcement Academy in Carson City but there are many other basic training academies in the states that prospective officers can attend without being hired first. A listing of these can be found here at http://post.state.nv.us/FAQs/statewide_academies_listing.pdf.
Candidates without police jobs should contact these institutions directly to find out the procedure for enrolling. Upon graduation, candidate will have 24 months to obtain a job. After 24 months the training is expired and candidates will have to complete another course if they have not found a position in that time.
The basic training course will consist of a minimum of 80 hours of course work. Every candidate will have to complete a training program for the detection and investigation of and response to cases of sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of children under 18.
Additional Steps: Fitness Test
In addition to the academic and training requirements students at the academies will have to pass, Nevada has established a minimum set of physical fitness standards that must be achieved. They are a vertical jump of not less than 14 inches, not less than 15 sit-ups in one minute, completing not less than 18 push-ups, running 300 meters in 77 seconds.
Police Officer Salary – Average Cop Pay in Nevada
According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics (2010), a police officer in the state of Nevada makes between $60,660 – $79,300 per year. However the data collected by BLS aren’t very accurate because it does not record overtime pay or off duty work. These two factors, if included in the data, would increase the average salary of a police officer in NV.
Police Officer Jobs in NV
There are several law enforcement job openings in Nevada. Simply visit our Career Job Opening or go to the official website of the agency you are interested in to complete an application of employment. Below is a list of all the law enforcement agencies in the state of Nevada.
- Carson City Sheriff’s Office
- Churchill County Sheriff’s Office
- Clark County Constable
- Clark County Sheriff’s Department (until June 30, 1973)
- Clark County Park Police
- Douglas County Sheriff’s Department
- Elko County Sheriff’s Office
- Esmeralda County Sheriff’s Office
- Eureka County Sheriff’s Office
- Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office
- Mineral County Sheriff’s Office
- Lander County Sheriff’s Office
- Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
- Lyon County Sheriff’s Office
- Nye County Sheriff’s Office
- Pershing County Sheriff’s Office
- Storey County Sheriff’s Office
- Washoe County Sheriff’s Office
- White Pine Sheriff’s Department
- Clark County School District Police Department
- College of Southern Nevada Police Department
- Truckee Meadows Community College Police Department
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas Police Services
- University of Nevada, Reno Police Department
- Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
- Boulder City Constable
- Boulder City Police Department
- Carlin Police Department
- Elko Police Department
- Ely Police Department
- Fallon Police Department
- Fernley Police Department
- Henderson Police Department
- City of Las Vegas Court Marshals
- City of Las Vegas Deputy City Marshals
- Lovelock Police Department
- Mesquite Constable
- Mesquite Police Department
- North Las Vegas Constable
- North Las Vegas Police Department
- Reno Police Department
- Sparks Police Department
- Tonopah Police Department
- West Wendover Police Department
- Winnemucca Police Department
- Yerington Police Department