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. Do I have to have a degree to apply? Is military service or past law enforcement experience accepted in lieu of the degree?
A. Our minimum education standard is currently an Associate Degree or the equivalent completed credits from an accredited college or university. This standard is applied universally to all applicants regardless of military service or past law enforcement experience and no waivers are given.

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 there a written test, or do you use the National Testing Network? 
A. Since the addition of the college education requirement, there is no written test and we are no longer using the National Testing Network for Police Officer or Corrections Officer positions.

Q. When are interviews? When is the fitness test?
A. Preliminary Interviews and the Physical Fitness Test will be done within the same day. Applications will be screened for minimum requirements and groups of applicants will be notified of interview scheduling as they are processed. This will occur on an ongoing basis throughout the year and generally about once per month. There may be more applicants with submitted applications than can be processed in each group and they will be notified and interviewed on a first submitted, first served basis
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. I was arrested in the past, can I still apply? 
A. We encourage interested persons to complete the application and supplemental questionnaire so that their individual circumstances can be screened and evaluated.

Q. What will my schedule be for the academy?
A. The normal hours of the Academy are 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Thursday for approximately 25 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.