HPD Hiring Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I apply for a position with the Police Department?
A. All current postings can be found on our website. On the front page of the website, you will see a link to “Employment”. From the “Employment” page, click on the link to Public Career Opportunities to see the current postings.

Q. Am I able to be notified when a posting opens?
A. To receive an email when other positions you are interested in are posted and accepting applications, fill out a Job Interest Cards and follow the instructions to complete your request.

Q. Are lateral transfers available if I currently work as a Police or Corrections officer?
A. We do not have a lateral transfer program. All candidates must successfully complete all steps of the hiring process. Those candidates who are not Nevada Post Certified must attend an academy. The Chief of Police determines if candidates with Nevada Post Certification have to attend the academy or not.

Q. Are there any preferences for hiring given for military service?
A. All candidates are required to meet the same hiring standards. We do not use preference points.
Q. Is it okay if I have tattoos?
A. Tattoos must be able to be covered while working. Tattoos or brands that are on the head, face, neck, throat, or hands, which would not be covered by a long-sleeved, collared uniform shirt are prohibited. Covering tattoos with bandages or tape is not allowable.

Q. What will my schedule be for the academy?
A. The normal hours of the Academy are 7:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday-Thursday for approximately 22 weeks. Of course, these times are subject to change to accommodate specialized training.

Q. Is there an age limit for applying?
A. You must be 21 years old or older when submitting the online application. There is no maximum age cut-off.
Q. Are there any physical requirements to be an officer?
A. Applicants should be aware of the physical nature of the job duties and the probability that officers must occasionally subdue and overcome the physical resistance of combatant suspects in the process of making arrests. Other physical duties include pursuing fleeing suspects, performing rescue operations in emergencies, performing CPR and first aid in medical emergencies until advanced medical assistance arrives, and navigating obstacles and varied terrain while in the performance of duties and response to calls for service. Links to the Physical Fitness Test in the section of this website for Hiring and Selection Process.

Q. What documents will I need during the Background Investigation phase of the hiring process?
Birth Certificate; current Driver's License; Social Security Card; Court documentation of any legal name changes; copy of driving history/abstract from each state you have been licensed to drive; copy of marriage license for each marriage; copy of divorce decree(s) if applicable; copy of high school diploma, college certificates or degrees; sealed transcripts (unopened/sealed envelope directly from academic institution) for each educational institution attended; copy of DD214 if prior military service; copy of personnel file/internal affairs file/evaluations from previous law enforcement agencies if previously employed in law enforcement; P.O.S.T. certificates from other states (if applicable); and names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth of spouse and/or cohabitant you have a child in common with.