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Police Officer - Certified/Lateral

Police Officer - Certified/Lateral

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STARTING SALARY (Based on years of service):
  • Police Officer Trainee Salary Range ($25.97 - $31.92Hourly)
  • 0-3 Years - $28.85/Hourly - $60,017.19/Annually
  • 3 Years - $29.86/Hourly - $62,117.80/Annually
  • 4 Years - $30.91Hourly - $64,291.92/Annually
  • 5 Years - $31.99/Hourly - $66,542.14/Annually
  • 6 Years - $33.11/Hourly - $68,871.11Annually
  • 7+ Years - $34.27/Hourly - $71,281.60/Annually
*Employee is considered a trainee if hired as an out-of-state lateral officer and will remain a trainee until AZPOST Certification is received. Once AZPOST Certification is received, rate of pay will change to reflect years of service as outlined above.

  • Signing Bonus - $5,000 (upon successful completion of the Field Training Program)
  • Relocation Expense Reimbursement - Up to $1,000 with receipts
  • Specialized Certification Award at the Chief's discretion - up to $2,000 (upon successful completion of the Field Training Program)

Officers are supplied with the following uniforms which are dry cleaned at the expense of the department:
  • One (1) Class A Uniform Shirt
  • Three (3) Long Sleeve Class B Uniform Shirts
  • Three (3) Short Sleeve Class B Uniform Shirts
  • Three (3) pairs of Uniform Pants
  • Two (2) pairs of shorts with two (2) polo shirts for summer months
  • One (1) optional outer vest carrier
  • One (1) uniform jacket
  • Level III body armor

The following equipment is supplied:
  • Sig Sauer P320 Pro RXP 9mm with Romeo 1 Pro red dot optic
  • Patrol Rifle with red dot optic
  • Body Camera
  • Taser 
  • Handcuffs, expandable baton, OC spray and full duty belt
  • Duty bag, including equipment, fingerprint kit

The department utilizes Ford Explorer Police Interceptors that are equipped with the following:
  • Dell mobile data computer
  • Radar

Requires non-standard or rotating shift work to include days, nights, weekends, and holidays. Incumbent works outdoors and is exposed to extreme temperatures. Must be certified as a Peace Officer in Arizona, or another state or federal agency.

In order to be considered for employment with Lake Havasu City, applicants must submit an online application at
Qualified applicants will receive separate testing notification via email and must be available to participate on the date/time scheduled; no make-up tests will be given. Testing will consist of the following components:
  • Physical agility testing: Candidates will be required to complete a 500 yard run, obstacle course an obstacle course, chain link fence, solid fence, and body drag. Candidates are required to successfully finish each component in order to move forward and accumulate a minimum combined score of 384 points. 
  • Writing assignment: Topic to be announced at the successful completion of the the physical agility testing. This component will be approximately 45 minutes.
  • Oral Board Interview: Those who successful complete the Oral Board Interview will be given a background questionnaire that will be used to complete the background investigation phase of the selection process, which can take several weeks. Upon completion, candidates who are selected to move forward will be contacted at a later date to schedule a polygraph examination.

Arizona POST Certified Officer Applicants
In order to apply as an AZPOST certified lateral Police Officer, candidates must have successfully completed an Arizona POST approved Police Officer Academy and currently possess an active AZPOST Peace Officer Certification. Applicants currently certified by AZPOST will not be required to attend the academy.

Out-of-State Lateral Officer Applicants
Out-of-State lateral Police Officers  must have successfully completed a sworn Police Officer Academy and currently possess an active Peace Officer Certification. Out-of-State Lateral Officers may be able to gain AZPOST Certification through the waiver process, and if successfully completed, will not be required to attend the academy. For more information regarding the waiver process, visit the Arizona Peace Officer Standard and Training Board website at Out-of-State lateral Police Officers will be hired as a "Police Officer Trainee" and will remain a "Trainee" until AZPOST Peace Officer Certification is received.

Class Description:
Incumbent is responsible for enforcing federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.  Duties may include: patrolling assigned area in a marked patrol car, directing traffic for special events and emergency situations, making a police presence known, enforcing vehicle and traffic laws, conducting accident investigations, detecting and preventing criminal activity, transporting prisoners, taking reports, collecting and preserving evidence, apprehending criminals and offenders, answering and responding to radio calls for assistance, assisting other law enforcement agencies and the fire department, conducting V.I.N. inspections, acting as the jailer, and collecting intelligence information.

Education & Experience:
High School Diploma or General Education Development (G.E.D.), preferably supplemented by coursework in criminal justice, and/or military service experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed below.

Licensing & Training:
  • Valid Arizona Driver's License of appropriate class.
  • United States Citizenship.
  • Ability to pass a background investigation.
  • National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) training, based on assignment.
Police Officer - AZ State certification as a Police Officer
Police Officer/Trainee - Out-of-State certification as a Police Officer with the ability to obtain AZ State certification through the Waiver Process.

Applicants for employment opportunities should be aware of the Lake Havasu City policies concerning the use of drugs and alcohol. These policies have not been altered by the passage of Proposition 207. The use of recreational marijuana is a violation of the City's Drug Free Workplace Policy. All positions within the City are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test. A positive result for drugs tested under the policy, including recreational marijuana, may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment.  

The City reserves the right to consider only the most highly qualified applicants. The succeeding examination processes may be required: training and experience, testing, panel interview, employment eligibility verification (EEV) requirements, personnel evaluation profile (PEP), polygraph test, background investigation and alcohol/drug screening test. Appointment subject to successful background investigation and City paid postemployment.
medical examination after offer of employment has been made.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : High School

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