Steps To Become a Police Officer in Utah – Cop Requirements in UT

Certification to become a peace officer in Utah can be obtained only after complete basic training course at either the state’s training academy in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, or at one of five satellite academies. The state offers two choices in getting this basic training.

In the first, prospective police officers can find a job prior to training and have the jurisdiction in which he or she has been hired enroll the new officer in the Sandy, Utah, academy.

The second is for individuals who wish to be certified but who have not been hired by an agency. These individuals will have to enroll in one of the satellite academies and pay for the training themselves, then find a job. A list of Utah police agencies can be found at here.

Minimum Requirements

Which ever method is selected, prospective officers will have to meet certain minimum requirements for hiring set by the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST), which establishes standards and training requirements and which is the agency that certifies all officers (http://publicsafety.utah.gov/post/index.html). The site provides prospective officers with a full list of minimum qualifications, factors that will disqualify a candidate, and links to the satellite academies that offer training in addition to the state academy in Sandy.

Here are some of the minimum qualifications that have to be met in Utah in order to become a police officer.

The prospective officer must be a U.S. citizen at least 21 years old at the time of appointment, a high school graduate or have an equivalency certificate and free of any physical, emotional or mental conditions that could adversely affect performance of peace officer duties.

Disqualification Factors

A number of factors will prevent a candidate from becoming a police officer in the state. A less than honorable discharge from the U.S. armed forces disqualifies a candidate, as does any felony conviction that could have resulted in imprisonment in a federal or state penitentiary.

Convictions of misdemeanor crimes are not automatic disqualifiers but require a waiting period from the date of conviction, depending on the type of crime involved, before a candidate can be accepted.

For example, misdemeanor crimes concerning drugs or controlled substance have a two- to five-year waiting period, depending on the type of drug or controlled substances involved.

Misdemeanor crimes of dishonesty, unlawful sexual conduct or physical violence have a four-year waiting period. A DUI offense has a two-year waiting period and minor crimes may require a one-year wait.

Police Training Academy & Background Check

Candidates will be fingerprinted and a search made through local, state and federal data bases for any criminal history.

After being hired by a police jurisdiction, the candidate officer will be sent to training at the Sandy, UT academy, where he or she will be put through 15 weeks of training that will include, but is not limited to, training in firearms and emergency vehicle operations, canine training, defensive tactics and physical fitness. Students at satellite academies will be put through training that mirrors that of the state academy.

Average Salary For Cops in Utah

According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics (2010), a police officer in the state of Utah makes between $43,400 – $48,120 per year. However the data collected by BLS is not very accurate because it does not record overtime pay or off duty work like private security work, special assignments and etc. These factors, if included in the data, would drastically increase the average salary of a police officer in Utah.

Police Jobs in UT

There are several law enforcement job openings in Utah. 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 law enforcement agencies in the state of Utah.

  • Beaver County Sheriff’s Office
  • Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cache County Sheriff’s Office
  • Carbon County Sheriff’s Office
  • Daggett County Sheriff’s Office
  • Davis County Sheriff’s Office
  • Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office
  • Emery County Sheriff’s Office
  • Garfield County Sheriff’s Office
  • Grand County Sheriff’s Office
  • Iron County Sheriff’s Office
  • Juab County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kane County Sheriff’s Office
  • Millard County Sheriff’s Office
  • Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Piute County Sheriff’s Office
  • Rich County Sheriff’s Office
  • Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office
  • San Juan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sevier County Sheriff’s Office
  • Summit County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tooele County Sheriff’s Office
  • Uintah County Sheriff’s Office
  • Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake
  • Utah County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office
  • Washington County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wayne County Sheriff’s Office
  • Weber County Sheriff’s Office
  • American Fork City Police Department
  • Bluffdale City Police Department
  • Bountiful City Police Department
  • Cedar City Police Department
  • Centerville City Police Department
  • Clearfield City Police Department
  • Clinton City Police Department
  • Cottonwood Heights City Police Department
  • Draper City Police Department
  • Farmington City Police Department
  • Harrisville City Police Department
  • Heber City Police Department
  • Hurricane City Police Department
  • Hyrum City Police Department
  • Kanab City Police Department
  • Kaysville City Police Department
  • La Verkin City Police Department
  • Layton City Police Department
  • Lehi City Police Department
  • Lindon City Police Department
  • Logan City Police Department
  • Mapleton City Police Department
  • Midvale City Police Department
  • Moab City Police Department
  • Moroni City Police Department (Sanpete County)]
  • Murray Police Department
  • Naples Police Department
  • Nephi City Police Department
  • North Ogden City Police Department
  • North Salt Lake City Police Department
  • Ogden City Police Department
  • Orem City Department of Public Safety
  • Park City Police Department
  • Payson City Police Department
  • Perry City Police Department
  • Pleasant Grove City Police Department
  • Pleaseant View City Police Department
  • Price City Police Department
  • Provo City Police Department
  • Richfield City Police Department
  • Riverdale City Police Department
  • Roosevelt City Police Department
  • Roy City Police Department
  • Salem City Police Department
  • Salt Lake City Police Department
  • Sandy City Police Department
  • Santaquin City Police Department
  • Saratoga Springs City Police Department
  • South Jordan City Police Department
  • South Ogden City Department of Public Safety
  • South Salt Lake City Police Department
  • Spanish Fork City Police Department
  • Springville City Police Department
  • St George City Police Department
  • Sunset City Police Department
  • Syracuse City Police Department
  • Taylorsville City Police Department
  • Tremonton City Police Department
  • Tooele City Police Department