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Police Officer Trainee

Police Officer Trainee

Job Title   Police Officer-Trainee
Closing Date/Time  Continuous
Salary   See Position Description
Job Type   Classified (Full-Time with benefits)
Location   Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Department   PD Patrol

Applications will be accepted for this position on a continual basis and will be reviewed regularly. Candidates are encouraged to monitor their email and text messages after applying, as all notifications regarding this position will be sent via email or text messaging.

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Police Officer/Trainee Rate: $25.97/Hourly
Police Officer Rate following graduation from Police Academy: $28.85/Hourly
Police Officer Trainee incentives- Up to $7,000 total.

Job Description:

Performs work enforcing laws, patrolling and investigating criminal activity, ensuring safety of public by responding to incidents and calls for services, collecting evidence and testifying in court, maintaining official files and records, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the supervision of the Police Sergeant.

Performs work enforcing laws, patrolling and investigating criminal activity, ensuring safety of public by responding to incidents and calls for services, collecting evidence and testifying in court, maintaining official files and records, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the supervision of the Police Sergeant.


High School diploma or GED preferably supplemented by coursework in criminal justice, military service experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to pass an extensive background investigation.  
Possession of Peace Officer Certification issued by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AzPOST) at hire. 
May require possession of, or ability to obtain, specific licenses and/or certifications depending on departmental assignment. 
National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) training based on assignment. 
Must meet and maintain all training and education requirements for the position. 
Valid Arizona Driver License of appropriate class.


Requires non-standard or rotating shift work to include days, nights, weekends, and holidays. Incumbent works outdoors and is subject to extreme temperatures. Must be 21 years of age upon graduation from police academy, a United States Citizen and Arizona State Certified as a Police Officer, or the ability to obtain certification.

In order to be considered for employment with Lake Havasu City, applicants must submit an online application at


Additional testing will be conducted for this position. Selected qualified applicants will receive separate testing notification via email or text messaging and must be available on the date/time scheduled; no make-up tests will be given. Testing will consist of the following:
  • TBD - National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) ONLINE. Lake Havasu City Police Department has partnered with Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) to administer the POST exam. This exam will consist of Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Incident Report Writing. This component will be approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. An overall passing score of 70% is required in order to move forward. Candidates who successfully complete the POST exam will be invited to participate in the Physical agility test. Candidates may purchase at their own expense a Practice National Police Officer Selection Test and POST Study Guide at
  • TBD - Physical agility testing at WALETA - 1801 HWY 95 S. Candidates will be required to complete a 500-yard run, obstacle course, chain link fence, solid fence, and body drag. Candidates are required to successfully finish each component and accumulate sufficient points in order to move forward. Candidates who successfully complete the physical agility test will be invited to participate in the writing assignment and oral board interview.
  • TBD - Writing assignment. After successful completion of the Physical agility test, a writing assignment will given to be completed and brought to the oral board interview. This component will be approximately 45 minutes.
  • TBD - Oral Board Interview at 2360 McCulloch Blvd. N. Those who successfully 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.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required and are subject to change as needs and job requirements change. Position assignments may vary. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls from the public while enforcing federal, state and local laws and ordinances; performs crime prevention and police services.
Enforces traffic laws, both civil and criminal; monitors traffic complaint areas.
Conducts follow up investigations on active cases including tracking down suspects, interviewing witnesses and victims, retrieving surveillance video, dusting for fingerprints, collecting and booking in evidence, etc.
Performs residential and commercial security checks.
Completes necessary paperwork including crime reports, crash reports, field interviews, traffic citations, victim rights forms, witness statements, and vehicle action reports.
Makes arrests and testifies in court.
Provides animal control services as needed or required.
Operates and maintains motor vehicles or other work-related equipment requiring a valid Arizona driver license.
Some knowledge of police methods, practices, and procedures; thorough knowledge of the geography of the City and location of important buildings; some knowledge of the rules and regulations of the Police Department.
Skill in using firearms and operating a motor vehicle.
Ability to communicate ideas effectively in both oral and written formats; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear reports; ability to deal courteously, but firmly with the public; ability to analyze situations and to adapt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances; ability to establish and maintain effective relationship with associates, court personnel, medical personnel, and the general public.
This work requires the occasional exertion of over 100 pounds of force; work regularly requires speaking or hearing and using hands to finger, handle or feel and frequently standing, walking, sitting, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, reaching with hands and arms, tasting or smelling, pushing or pulling and repetitive motions; work requires close vision, distance vision, ability to adjust focus, depth perception, color perception, night vision and peripheral vision; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, using of measuring devices, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work regularly requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions, frequently requires exposure to wet, humid conditions (non-weather), exposure to extreme heat (non-weather) and exposure to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment and occasionally requires working in high, precarious places, exposure to fumes or airborne particles and exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals; work is generally in a quiet location (e.g. library, private offices).
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 post-employment medical examination after offer of employment has been made.

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Job Type : Full-Time

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