Police Officer Recruitment

August 14 - September 7, 2018

The Unified Police Department is pleased to announce the opening of a lateral Police Officer Recruitment. Click the link below for frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lateral Police Officer

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • No Felony Convictions
  • No DUI Convictions in the past two (2) years
  • No illegal drug use in past five (5) years
  • No Marijuana use in the past two (2) years
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Utah driver’s license or ability to obtain a valid Utah driver’s license by time of hire
  • Minimum of 1-year work experience as a certified Law Enforcement Officer (LEO Status), within the last 3 years
  • Passing NPOST score of 85% or better
  • No NPOST Requirement
  • No PT Test Requirement

Exam Content

The lateral examination process consists of an application review, oral interview(s), background investigation and background board interview. The timeline for this process is as follows.


Timeline (Dates subject to change depending on number of applicants)

  • August 14 - September 7, 2018: Application period
  • September 17 and September 21, 2018: Sheriff/Chief Interviews/Command Staff
  • September 24, 2018: Publish Register
  • October 16, 2018: Certified Register
  • October 16, 2018: Conditional Offers / LESI / Background Investigations
  • November 12-13, 2018: Background Interviews
  • November 16, 2018: Sheriff final interviews
  • November 19,, 2018: Final Offers
  • November 19-30, 2018: Drug Screening / Medical Exams
  • December 10, 2018: Hire/Start Date

Out of State Candidate Timeline

Oral Interviews will be conducted at the same time September 17 and September 21, 2018 at the canidate's conveyance.


Credit For Law Enforcement Experience

Candidates with full-time paid Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) experience shall receive service credit for pay for all qualifying experience at the rate of one for one, rounded to the nearest whole month. Partial months of service exceeding 15 days will be rounded up to a full month. This calculation will additionally be based on where current UPD LEO’s are paid on the Merit Pay Plan with equivalent years of service. This credit is for pay purposes only. See FAQ document for an explanation of calculation.


Testing Process Weights

Testing Process Weights Weight (based on 100 points possible)
1. Oral Interviews 100%
2. Preference (Maximum of 10 points possible)
a. Military Veteran or Spouse
b. Disabled Veteran or Spouse

5% of total possible score (Extra Credit)
10% of total possible score (Extra Credit)
3. Preference (Maximum of 5 points possible)
a. Bachelor's Degree
b. Associate's Degree

5% of total possible score (Extra Credit)
2.5% of total possible score (Extra Credit)
4. Preference (Maximum of 5 points possible)
a. Employee of the Office of the Sheriff

5% of total possible score (Extra Credit)

**A minimum score of 70% is required to make the final roster**
**The register may remain valid for up to two years, per POMC policy 2150**
**The maximum combined preference points are 5 or 10 if disabled veteran, per POMC 2130**


Application Documents

Lateral-Police Officer Employment Application

2018 Lateral UPD Recruitment Plan

Approved Merit Commission 2018 Recruitment Plan


The Unified Police Department is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.