Are you looking for a meaningful career that has a positive impact on the community? If you answered yes, come join the Sparks Police Department! We proudly display “Where Community Comes First” on the police vehicles, a motto developed by our front lines. While carrying out the vision to implement innovative strategies to prevent crime, promote excellence in leadership and serve the community, you will also receive a generous and competitive salary, benefit package, tuition reimbursement, bilingual pay (when applicable) and retirement plan. People who come to Sparks stay in Sparks. It’s more than a job – it’s a career that offers special assignments, continuing education and promotional opportunities. Apply here to start the process.
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Police applicants are required to complete a Civil Service Exam. The Exam is composed of three different sections: a physical abilities exam, a written exam and an oral board exam. To practice, see the guide below:
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This is a CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT, meaning that applications are accepted year round. You may submit one application in a 365 day period.
Civil Service Examination Candidates who meet minimum qualifications will receive an e-mail invitation to schedule their Civil Service Exam. The first test day includes the physical abilities test and written test. Candidates who successfully pass the physical and written will be invited to the third section, the Oral Board, at a later date via email.
2022 POLICE OFFICER RECRUIT TEST DATES
WINTER 2022: Saturday, January 8, 2022
SPRING 2022: Saturday, April 9, 2022
SUMMER 2022: Saturday, July 9, 2022
FALL 2022: Saturday, September 17, 2022
For all test dates, applications must be received by Noon (PST) on the Monday before the test date to be considered for that test. Please note that there is a capacity limit per test date, apply as soon as possible in order to have the best chance to schedule your preferred test date as scheduling is on a first come basis. Applying by the deadline for the next test date does not guarantee you a spot to test if capacity has been reached.
Candidates who pass the exam will be placed on an eligibility that will be good for up to one year. The department will call candidates from that list as vacancies arise. Those candidates that successfully complete the interview step will move onto the background step.
The background process constitutes a comprehensive investigation in which the department runs a State of Nevada and national fingerprint check as well as a Wants/Warrants check to confirm the candidate has no felony or gross misdemeanor arrests without disposition, no felony or gross misdemeanor convictions or to confirm that the applicant is not a fugitive from justice.
Candidates hired as Police Officer Recruit are sent as a paid employee to a regional Nevada Police Academy. Upon successful completion, Police Office Recruits are sworn in as Police Officers.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Human Resources at (775) 353-2345. The City of Sparks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications to continue in the recruitment process:
Marijuana is illegal at the federal level. The City of Sparks receives federal grants. Must not have used marijuana in the last 18 months.
Nevada Law requires the following for a candidate to be a Police Officer:
Candidates must meet all federal, state and local requirements for the position of Police Officer.
Education and Experience:
High School Diploma or equivalent
and at least one of the following four options:
Option One: Equivalent to twenty-four semester units of college level coursework
Option Two: Equivalent to 36 months of full time employment in the last 7 years in one of the following types of employment:
Option Three: U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard/Air Guard and U.S. Coast Guard service may be accepted in lieu of the 24-semester units; please attach a copy of your DD-214, Member 4 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to the application.
If you have not yet received the DD-214 provide written verification from your commanding officer citing current active duty status, years of service, pay grade/rank, military occupational specialty/rating, expected date of discharge/retirement including dates of terminal leave and anticipated condition of discharge.
Prior to an offer of employment, Human Resources will require a certified copy of the DD-214.
Reserve and National Guard personnel should provide written verification from candidate's commanding officer citing current Reserve/Guard status, years of service, pay grade/rank, military occupational specialty/rating and expected continuation of Reserve/Guard duty (list beginning/ending dates of current enlistment/obligated service).
Character of military service is considered on a case-by-case basis.
Option Four: Possession of the equivalent to a P.O.S.T. Category 1 Certificate;
Licenses and Certificates:
Must possess and maintain the equivalent to a valid Nevada Class C driver's license at the time of civil service testing and at time of hire.
Must obtain basic Nevada P.O.S.T. Category I certification and firearms qualification within six months of hire.
EXAMPLE OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION
Learn to perform a variety of peace officer duties involving the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and ordinances, criminal investigation, crime prevention and suppression, case preparation and testimony; provide information and assistance to the public; this is the first working level class in law enforcement expected to perform all duties required to effectively respond to and resolve the normal scope of peace officer situations
This class is entry level. Candidates are expected to attend the Nevada Police Academy and participate in on-the-job training.
Patrol assigned areas to ensure the security of life and property. Observe situations and deter crime by providing high visibility. Provide information to the public concerning methods for improved security. Provide multi-jurisdictional aid and support, and participate in searches.
Respond to suspicious activities and answer emergency calls for service. Enforce local, state and federal laws and ordinances. Issue verbal warnings and citations. Pursue and apprehend suspects and request assistance as required. Transport prisoners.
Investigate juvenile and designated adult criminal activity and incidents as the assigned detective. Interview victims, complainants, witnesses and suspects.
Coordinate crime scene control and investigation. Conduct interviews, interrogations and identify witnesses. Process crime scene and evidence collection. Store and maintain evidence and property including narcotics. Maintain photo lab. Send evidence to other law enforcement agencies as required. Provide evidence and testimony in court.
Conduct auctions for unclaimed property. Provide for the destruction of evidence including narcotics as required.
Restore order, protect life and property and maintain the peace at public gatherings and in conflict situations.
Prepare and document cases, complete reports and records and prepare and maintain logs and records.
Investigate traffic accidents and provide traffic and crowd control as necessary. Participate in special details and assignments. Organize and coordinate special assignments such as crime prevention programs in the schools and the community.
Provide emergency aid and assistance to incapacitated persons and request additional response.
Provide information, direction and other services and assistance to the public. Participate in community events and present to small or large groups. Engage in community policing efforts, use crime analysis data and other interventions to reduce and prevent crime.
Direct the activities of police support personnel in field situations.
Perform other duties which may be assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Requires ability to work in a typical office setting and use standard office equipment. Duties require the ability to meet and maintain P.O.S.T. standards and psychological guidelines.
SUPPLEMENTAL JOB POSTING INFORMATION
SUPPLEMENTAL JOB POSTING INFORMATION
Human Resources will require prior to the first examination for the position, necessary documentary evidence be submitted for fitness of any qualification. Any requirement not met for the advertised position prior to the first examination for that position, will be cause for Human Resources to decline to examine, certify or hire the applicant.
Human Resources will be contacting you at various stages of the recruitment process via email only, even if you have chosen U.S. mail for prior application processes or for applications with other agencies. Please make sure your email address is accurate. To receive TEXT message reminders of upcoming testing, enable TEXT messaging in your application before you hit submit.
Human Resources will make efforts to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled candidates in the selection and hiring process. If you have special needs, please notify the Human Resources office when you turn in your application or at least three (3) business days prior to the examination/interview by calling (775) 353-2345 or e-mailing email@example.com.
The City of Sparks hires and promotes candidates based on a competitive merit selection process, which may include any or all of the following: screening for minimum qualifications, written examinations, supplemental training and experience questionnaires, assessment centers, interviews (oral or written), physical tests or any combination which the Sparks Civil Service Commission may order.
Scoring in the top ten (10) in any part of the selection process merely advances the applicant to a higher round of examination, which may consist of additional interviews and other evaluations. Scoring in the top ten (10) gives no right to be selected for the position. The City of Sparks reserves the right to select applicants who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications for the position.