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.
This is a CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT, meaning that applications are
accepted year round. You may put in one application in a 365 day
The City of Sparks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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
POLICE OFFICER RECRUIT TEST DATES:
WINTER 2021: Saturday, January 16, 2021
SPRING 2021: Saturday, March 13, 2021
SUMMER 2021: Saturday, June 12, 2021
FALL 2021: Saturday, August 14, 2021
For all test dates, applications must be received by Noon (PST)
on the Monday before the test date to be considered for that
Candidates who meet minimum qualifications will receive an
e-mail invitation to schedule their test. The test day includes a
physical abilities and a written test. Plan to spend 4-8 hours
Not sure if you have what it takes? There are resources for
* Prepare for the Physical Abilities Exam by understanding
exactly what is on the test. NV POST offers physical fitness
programs developed for candidates to assess and improve fitness
levels in preparation for the test and academy :
Prepare for the Written Exam: Purchase a low cost study guide or
sample test here: hpps://www.ApplyToServe.com/Study/ OR contact
your local community college or library for test preparation
assistance and aides. * Oral Board Exam: We want to get to know you
and why you are looking for this opportunity. Practice and prepare
to answer interview style questions about yourself.
* Fill out the online application completely. * The
Qualifications section below is your cheat sheet to understand what
the recruiter is looking for on your application. Use this to your
advantage. * One step is eliminated for you! Do not attach resumes
or cover letters. The City of Sparks is not collecting or reviewing
these items with the application. * NEW! Don't forget to enable
TEXT messaging in your application before you hit submit! This
feature will allow the recruiter to send you reminders as your test
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Human Resources at (775) 353-2345.
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
Nevada Law requires the following for a candidate to be a Police
* Must be 21 years old at the time of appointment * Must be a
U.S. Citizen * High school diploma or equivalent * Must not have
been convicted of a felony in Nevada or convicted of any offense
which would be a felony if committed in Nevada * Other requirements
as outlined in regulation and law. See NAC 289.110 and NRS 289.510
for more information about state requirements.
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
Option Two: Equivalent to 36 months of full time employment in
the last 7 years in one of the following types of employment:
* Criminal justice, law enforcement, law or related work *
Public safety * Direct and regular public/community contact
involving dispute resolution * Security * Work with community
initiatives * Work with children/adults with special needs, or
closely related work * Helpful Tip - Make sure your application
describes your job duties in detail so that the recruiter can
determine if your work history meets these minimum
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
Character of military service is considered on a case-by-case
Option Four: Possession of the equivalent to a P.O.S.T. Category
* Helpful tip - if you are a lateral candidate, please apply for
the Police Officer posting. How do you know which to apply for? *
Apply for Police Officer Recruit if you need to attend a NV Police
Academy to be eligible to work as a Police Officer in Nevada *
Apply for the Police Officer (lateral) posting if you have a NV
POST Category I Certificate, and you are still eliglble to work as
a Police Officer in Nevada OR if you have an out-of-state POST
Category I Certificate or equivalent and meet the standards for
reciprocity in Nevada to work as a Police Officer without requiring
NV Police Academy. Here is a link to the NV POST website outlining
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
Must obtain basic Nevada P.O.S.T. Category I certification and
firearms qualification within six months of hire.
Civil Service Testing:
This is a continuous recruitment. Qualified applicants will be
invited to a Civil Service Written Examination and a Physical
Abilities Examination. The testing is limited to the first
one-hundred (100) qualified applicants to sign up for the testing
period. The top sixty (60) candidates from each test period who
pass these two exams will be invited to a third Civil Service test,
the Oral Board Examination. Candidates may apply once in a 365 day
period to test.
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
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
Direct the activities of police support personnel in field
Perform other duties which may be assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
* Criminal and civil law and rules of evidence * Applicable
laws, rules and regulations, general orders, policies and
procedures * Investigation and identification techniques and
equipment * Law enforcement terminology, procedures, concepts and
report formats * Policing trends national, state and local * Safety
practices and precautions * Safe use and proper care of firearms *
First aid methods and procedures * Observe and accurately recall
places, names, descriptive characteristics and facts of incidents *
Remain calm and take appropriate action in difficult situations *
Deal effectively with people under hostile and emergency situations
* Read, interpret and apply complex laws, procedures and policies *
Make rapid, sound independent judgments within legal and procedural
guidelines * Prepare clear and concise reports, records and other
written materials * Understand and follow oral and written
directions * Operate photographic, crime lab and police equipment *
Establish and maintain effective working relationships * Cultural
awareness and sensitivity * Mental health and disability awareness
* Negotiation and de-escalation * Mediation * Problem solving *
Control dangerous animals * Communicate effectively with juveniles
* Train others in work procedures * Computer applications and
software related to the work including Microsoft Office * Establish
and maintain effective relationships with those contacted during
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
* This is a Civil Service position and is Non-Exempt under FLSA
guidelines * Required to be called back, held over, work off-hours,
nights, weekends and holiday shifts * Required to work during
emergency circumstances or inclement weather conditions * This
position reports to a Police Sergeant * Supervision exercised:
Direct the activities of police support personnel in field
situations * May be required to pass a pre-placement drug screen
and background investigation
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
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.