General Definition of Work
Applications will be accepted for this position on a continual
basis and will be reviewed as needed. Testing will be conducted
quarterly or as needed. Candidates are encouraged to monitor their
email after applying, as all notifications regarding this position
will be sent via email.
STARTING SALARY (Based on years of service):
Rate of Pay Effective: October 17, 2020
- Police Officer Trainee - $24.26/Hourly
- 0-3 Years - $26.68/Hourly - $55,503.00/Annually
- 3 Years - $27.62/Hourly - $57,445.61/Annually
- 4 Years - $28.58/Hourly - $59,456.20/Annually
- 5 Years - $29.59/Hourly - $61,537.17/Annually
- 6 Years - $30.62/Hourly - $63,690.97/Annually
- 7+ Years - $31.69/Hourly - $65,920.15/Annually
- Employee is considered a trainee if hired as an out-of-state
lateral officer and will remain a trainee until AZPOST
Certification is received. Once AZPOST Certification is received,
rate of pay will change to reflect years of service as outlined
- Signing Bonus - $5,000 (upon successful completion of the Field
- Relocation Expense Reimbursement - Up to $1,000 with
- Specialized Certification Award at the Chief's discretion - up
to $2,000 (upon successful completion of the Field Training
UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT:
Officers are supplied with the following uniforms which are dry
cleaned at the expense of the department:
- One (1) Class A Uniform
- One (1) Class B Uniform
- Three (3) Class C Uniforms
- Two (2) Class D Uniforms
- Level III body armor
The following equipment is supplied:
- Sig Sauer P320 9mm
- Patrol Rifle with optics
- Body Camera
- Taser X2
- Handcuffs, expandable baton, OC spray and full duty belt
- Duty bag, including equipment, fingerprint kit, traffic
- PPE Kit
The department utilizes Ford Explorer Police Interceptors that
are equipped with the following:
- Dell mobile data computer
Special Note: Requires non-standard or rotating shift work to
include days, nights, weekends, and holidays. Incumbent works
outdoors and is exposed to extreme temperatures. Must be certified
as a Peace Officer in Arizona, or another state or federal
In order to be considered for employment with Lake Havasu City,
applicants must submit an online application at www.lhcaz.gov.
- PRE-APPROVED TESTING PROCESS - BY INVITATION ONLY*
Qualified applicants will receive separate testing notification
via email and must be available to participate on the date/time
scheduled; no make-up tests will be given. Testing will consist of
the following components:
- Physical agility testing: 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 in order to move forward and accumulate a
minimum combined score of 384 points.
- Writing assignment: Topic to be announced at the test. This
component will be approximately 45 minutes.
- Oral Board Interview: Those who successful 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.
Arizona POST Certified Officer Applicants
In order to apply as an AZPOST certified lateral Police Officer,
candidates must have successfully completed an Arizona POST
approved Police Officer Academy and currently possess an active
AZPOST Peace Officer Certification. Applicants currently certified
by AZPOST will not be required to attend the academy.
Out-of-State Lateral Officer Applicants
Out-of-State lateral Police Officers must have successfully
completed a sworn Police Officer Academy and currently possess an
active Peace Officer Certification. Out-of-State Lateral Officers
may be able to gain AZPOST Certification through the waiver
process, and if successfully completed, will not be required to
attend the academy. For more information regarding the waiver
process, visit the Arizona Peace Officer Standard and Training
Board website at http://www.azpost.state.az.us/.
Out-of-State lateral Police Officers will be hired as a "Police
Officer Trainee" and will remain a "Trainee" until AZPOST Peace
Officer Certification is received.
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,
fingerprint identification including FBI criminal history,
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.
Incumbent is responsible for enforcing federal, state, and local
laws and ordinances. Duties may include: patrolling assigned area
in a marked patrol car, directing traffic for special events and
emergency situations, making a police presence known, enforcing
vehicle and traffic laws, conducting accident investigations,
detecting and preventing criminal activity, transporting prisoners,
taking reports, collecting and preserving evidence, apprehending
criminals and offenders, answering and responding to radio calls
for assistance, assisting other law enforcement agencies and the
fire department, conducting V.I.N. inspections, acting as the
jailer, and collecting intelligence information.
Education & Experience:
High School Diploma or General Education Development (G.E.D.),
preferably supplemented by coursework in criminal justice, and/or
military service experience; or, an equivalent combination of
education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the
essential duties of the job such as those listed below.
Licensing & Training:
- Valid Arizona Driver's License of appropriate class.
- United States Citizenship.
- Ability to pass a background investigation.
- National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) training, based on
Police Officer - AZ State certification as a Police Officer
Police Officer/Trainee - Out-of-State certification as a Police
Officer with the ability to obtain AZ State certification through
the Waiver Process.
These duties are a representative sample; position assignments
may vary. The job description does not constitute an employment
agreement between the employee and the City and is subject to
change as needs and job requirements change.
- Performs crime prevention and police service activities to
include: enforcing federal, state, and local laws and ordinances;
responding to all calls; enforcing vehicle, traffic, and parking
regulations; patrolling assigned beat in order to ensure a high
visibility police presence; apprehending criminal offenders;
conducting property checks on vacant homes and closed businesses;
directing traffic for special events and emergency situations;
assisting lost/stranded citizens; relieving the Dispatchers;
committing mental patients; providing CPR; and, conducting V.I.N.
- Conducts investigations and interviews with suspects, victims,
and witnesses; provides counseling and offers referrals; acts as a
- Collects intelligence information.
- Maintains regular attendance.
- Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.
- Federal, state, local and vehicle laws and ordinances.
- Laws of arrest.
- Police procedures.
- Crime prevention techniques.
- Criminal behavior.
- Emergency response techniques.
- Health and Safety codes.
- Radio communication and procedures.
- Writing technical reports.
- Handling people in all types of situations.
- Responding to emergencies.
- Using force to stop or prevent equal or greater force.
- Administering first aid.
- Gathering information and evidence.
- Using equipment such as two-way radios, police vehicles and
- Using office equipment such as phones, copiers, and fax
- Using computers and related software applications.
- Communication and interpersonal skills as applied to
interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc.
sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work
Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing,
stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing,
walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling,
talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.
Incumbent may be subject to work space restrictions, intense
noises, travel and deadly weapons.
Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of one hundred sixty-five
(165) pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of fifty (50)
pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of twenty (20) pounds
of force constantly to move objects.
Hearing ability: sufficient to communicate effectively with
others in person, by telephone and over radio equipment.
Speaking ability: sufficient to communicate effectively with
others in person, by telephone and over radio equipment.
Visual ability: sufficient to operate police vehicles by both
day and night; observe criminal actions/traffic violations taking
place; read and write reports, correspondence, instructions,