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Police Officer - Certified/lateral

Company: Lake Havasu City
Location: Lake Havasu City
Posted on: May 31, 2021

Job Description:

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 above.


  • Signing Bonus - $5,000 (upon successful completion of the Field Training Program)
  • Relocation Expense Reimbursement - Up to $1,000 with receipts
  • Specialized Certification Award at the Chief's discretion - up to $2,000 (upon successful completion of the Field Training Program)


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
  • Windbreaker
  • Raincoat
  • 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 accident kit
  • PPE Kit


The department utilizes Ford Explorer Police Interceptors that are equipped with the following:

  • Dell mobile data computer
  • Shotgun
  • Radar
  • PBT

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 agency.

In order to be considered for employment with Lake Havasu City, applicants must submit an online application at


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 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.

Class Description:

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 assignment.

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.

Essential Duties:

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. inspections.
  • Conducts investigations and interviews with suspects, victims, and witnesses; provides counseling and offers referrals; acts as a jailer.
  • Collects intelligence information.
  • Maintains regular attendance.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

Knowledge of:

  • 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.

Skill in:

  • 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 weapons.
  • Using office equipment such as phones, copiers, and fax machines.
  • 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 direction.

Physical Requirements:

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, etc.

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