Police Officer - Trainee

Police Department: Non-Certified Police Officer


$36,457.40 Per Year


Full City Benefits Package

The City of St. George covers 100% of the premiums for the High Deductible health plan for full-time employees and their qualified dependents. New hires also receive 2 weeks of vacation time during their first year of employment, one of which is available to the employee the first day of employment. To find out more about our benefits package, please click the link below:

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Job Description

Salary Range

Police Officer Trainee:  $36,457.40/year until certified, then PO I upon certification (PO I Salary Range: $41,666/year).


Please note: Qualified candidates must provide passing NPOST scores with the employment application or on the testing date to continue through the testing process.


Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25th. A Fitness evaluation will be held on the morning of October 8th, 2019. Interviews will be conducted starting October 8th and continue each day until completed. Applicants will be contacted by the Police Department Administrative Assistant with detailed instructions if your application is accepted.


While in attendance, prior to, and during the Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy Police Officer Trainees must:

- Attend academy classes.

- Participate in fitness training and testing.

- Pass all evaluations and examinations required to obtain Police Officer Certification.

- Be involved in training and/or performing any of the following functions under the supervision of a certified St. George Police Officer.


This posting is only for applicants who have not obtained, or have an expired, police officer certification and need to attend Utah Police Officer Standards and Training. Applicants who are currently certified officers in Utah, or can challenge Utah POST through waiver, should complete the Police Officer Level I, II, or III application.


NOTE: The Police Officer Trainee position requires a 2-year training contract of employment with the City of St. George Police Department.


Position Summary

Performs a variety of highly trained law enforcement procedures for the City of St. George to protect and maintain the well being of the general population of the City. 


Essential Functions (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics.  The list of tasks is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)

1.            Effects an arrest within training guidelines and department policy using that amount of force which is reasonable and necessary in accordance with policy and law.

2.            Prepares investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.

3.            Exercises independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree.

4.            Operates a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic, and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, high winds, rain, ice, and snow.

5.            Communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.

6.            Gathers information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informers.

7.            Pursues fleeing suspects and performs rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting a law enforcement patrol vehicle; lifting, carrying, and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling oneself up over obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches, and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces; and using body force to gain entrance through barriers.

8.            Loads, unloads, aims, and fires, from a variety of body positions, a handgun, shotgun, and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed per certification standards.

9.            Performs searches of people, vehicles, buildings, and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people, and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.

10.        Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.

11.        Engages in law enforcement patrol functions, including such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol, and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure.

12.        Effectively communicates with people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes, and advising of rights and processes.

13.        Demonstrates communication skills in court and other formal settings.

14.        Detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.

15.        Endures verbal and mental abuse when confronted with hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.

16.        Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters, including directing traffic for long periods of time; administering emergency medical aid; lifting, dragging, and carrying people away from dangerous situations; and securing and evacuating people from particular areas.

17.        Processes and transports prisoners and committed mental patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.

18.        Puts on and operates a gas mask in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed.

19.        Extinguishes small fires by using extinguisher and other appropriate means.

20.        Reads and comprehends legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits, and warrants.

21.        Serves as an agent of the court in serving warrants, subpoenas, summonses, etc.

22.        Processes arrested suspects, including taking their photographs and obtaining a legible set of inked fingerprint impressions.

23.        Performs duties that actively prevent or detect crime and enforce criminal statutes or ordinances.

24.        Responds to situations involving threats to public safety and making emergency decisions affecting the lives and health of others.

25.        Performs duties that consist of providing community protection.

26.        Performs other related tasks as required.


Typical Physical/Mental Demands/Working Conditions

Moderately heavy physical activity.  Required to push, pull, or lift heavy weights.  Difficult working positions, including standing, walking, or sitting uncomfortably for extended periods. Exposure to elements such as heat, cold, dampness, fumes, noise, dust, or grease.  Risk to life or of bodily injury is moderate under normal conditions. Intermittent exposure to infectious disease, disturbed individuals, emotionally unbalanced individuals, etc. Exposure to stressful situations is of considerable magnitude as a result of human behavior.  May be required to work without sleep for extended periods during prolonged emergency situations. Subjected to traffic hazards during emergency responses through heavy traffic.

Minimum Qualifications


1.         Must be a United States Citizen.

2.         Must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.

3.         Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

4.         Must have no felony or domestic violence convictions.

5.         Must pass and maintain department physical fitness standards. 

6.         Prior to hiring, must successfully complete the National Police Officer Selection Examination or requirements established by the City and the City’s Police Department.  This may include written and oral examination, physical examination, background investigations, computer voice stress and/or polygraph examination, drug test, psychological evaluation, and physical fitness test. 

7.         Must become Certified as a Law Enforcement Officer by the Utah Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) as defined in Section 53-13 of the Utah Code Annotated 1953 within six (6) months of hire. 

8.         Must possess a valid driver license.  A valid Utah Driver License must be obtained within 60 days of hire and be maintained throughout employment.

9.         Consideration will be given for Law Enforcement Officer experience, military service, Police Officer certification, and any completed college degree.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


•         Some knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment.

•         Working knowledge of criminal, traffic, and juvenile codes for the State of Utah.

•         Working knowledge of the Utah judicial system and civil procedures, testifying, and courtroom demeanor.

•         Working knowledge of laws governing arrest, search, and seizure.

•         Basic criminal investigative techniques, including crime scene preservation, diagramming, interviewing and interrogation, photography, etc.

•         Basic traffic accident investigation, police radio codes and procedures, report writing, grammar, and punctuation.

•         Computer literate and working knowledge of the City’s Police Department police computer data reporting system.

•         Working knowledge of the City’s Police Department policies and procedures.


•         Emergency vehicle operation and procedures.

•         Pursuit driving techniques.

•         Proficiency in firearms, defensive tactics, and handcuffing.

Ability to:

•         Pursue, subdue, and apprehend a hostile and combative subject.

•         Observe situations, record them, and react quickly and calmly.

•         Act with tact and impartiality.

•         Deal effectively and courteously with fellow officers and the general public.

•         Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

•         Work independently.

•         Exhibit imagination, initiative, and problem solving capability in coping with a variety of law enforcement situations.

•         React to change productively.

•         Work in a paramilitary organization that relies on policies and procedures to govern the behavior of personnel.

•         Exercise good judgment and maintain self-control during periods of extreme stress.

•         Effectively prepare reports for agency and court use.

•         Establish and maintain effective working relations with elected officials, department heads, coworkers, and officials and employees of other jurisdictions.

To Apply

Submit a completed City of St. George Employment Application online at careers.sgcity.org. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. This Position closes 09/25/2019 05:00 PM. Refer questions to Human Resources at 435-627-4670. Pre-employment drug screening and criminal background screen are required. EOE. We make reasonable efforts to provide reasonable accommodation to disabled candidates.