OVERVIEW OF THE FIVE (5) EMPLOYMENT STAGES for Police/Corrections Recruits
- STAGE ONE: Recruiting locally and out-of-state, along with pre-screening applicants for employment.
- STAGE TWO: Evaluating each applicant's qualifications and suitability for employment through the selection process, which includes application screening and Police Recruit candidates’ attendance at a mandatory seminar.
- STAGE THREE: Investigating each candidate's character, history, and overall suitability to ensure they meet the LVMPD's hiring standards.
- STAGE FOUR: Reviewing candidates' entire package, selecting the most qualified, and preparing each for employment.
- STAGE FIVE: Successful completion of the Police Officers Standards & Training (POST) Physical Fitness Test prior to the start of the Academy.
The following further explains the activities of each stage.
STAGE ONE: Recruitment and Pre-Screening
With the assistance of the community, the LVMPD encourages applicants to prepare for a career in law enforcement. Recruiters hold symposiums, visit special interest groups, conduct employment seminars, and meet one-on-one with potential applicants. Men and women interested in law enforcement are encouraged to contact a Recruiter who will explain their career options and answer questions.
STAGE TWO: Selection Process
The selection process consists of: Application screening, mandatory seminar (for Police/Corrections Recruit candidates), the mini personal history questionnaire (PHQ) screener, the written examination, the physical fitness test and the oral board interview. It is imperative that candidates are on time for all stages of the selection process; otherwise, they may be disqualified. The LVMPD Late Policy is strictly enforced. Candidates are asked to arrive for their appointments a minimum of thirty minutes early. Truthfulness and timeliness are imperative for all stages of the selection process. The following testing processes may vary, depending on the position.
Submitted applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not each applicant meets the minimum qualifications. Applicants will be notified by e-mail of their status. Those applicants who qualify to continue in the selection process will be given information on the next process.
Mini Personal History Questionnaire Screener (PHQ):
Those individuals qualified to participate in the selection process will be given a hyperlink to take the Mini PHQ Screener online. This Screener asks questions about each candidate's personal history and life experiences. It preliminarily determines whether or not candidates meet the minimum hiring standards to continue in the selection process for Police or Corrections Recruit. The Screener is scored immediately after all candidates have completed it, and is a pass/fail exam.
Candidates that meet the minimum qualifications for Police Recruit will be contacted via email, as their applications are received and screened, to be scheduled for their Written Examination. The Written Examination measures areas which have been determined to be important for success as a Recruit and Officer. The specific areas measured on the Written Exam will be included in the job posting for that position. The Exam is scored immediately after all candidates have completed it. It is weighted as a percentage of the candidate's overall test score and, helps determine a candidate's overall ranking for the position.
Physical Fitness Test:
Click here to view the Fitness Standards and Descriptions for Police and Corrections Recruit. Applicants who successfully pass the Fitness Test will participate in the Mandatory Seminar.
Candidates will also be required to successfully pass a second fitness test prior to going into an Academy, and to maintain and exceed those standards once in the Academy.
The mandatory seminar is designed to simulate one day in the Police/Corrections Recruit Academy. Candidates will participate in physical fitness training, academic instruction, and the overall Academy environment. These seminars will be approximately four (4) hours in length. Candidates must complete the entire seminar to be eligible to continue in the remainder of the selection process.
Oral Board Interview:
The last part of the selection process is the Oral Board Interview which is designed to evaluate areas critical to the success of a Recruit and Officer, such as verbal skills. The specific areas measured on the Oral Board Interview will be included in the job posting for that position. The board consists of three LVMPD employees who assess each candidate based upon their responses to each question asked of them. The Oral Board Interview is also weighted and is a percentage of each candidate's overall test score. A video of a sample Oral Board Interview is can be viewed at www.protectthecity.com.
Eligibility List and Civil Service Board Approval:
Those candidates who successfully complete each of the above-listed tests are rank ordered by test scores on an eligibility list to be approved by the Civil Service Board.
For those candidates living out-of-state, the STAGE TWO selection process will be completed in as few visits to the Las Vegas area as possible.
STAGE THREE: Life History Investigation (Background)
Once the Civil Service eligibility list has been established, Internal Standards and Analysis Section (ISAS) Detectives begin the comprehensive background process and notify the top candidates that they are potential candidates for employment. Each top candidate receives a conditional offer of employment. Candidates are expected to provide truthful, comprehensive, and consistent information throughout the investigative process.
A thorough background investigation is completed on each candidate to ensure the candidate meets the LVMPD's strict hiring standards. The STAGE THREE background process includes: 1) an interview and investigation, 2) a written psychological evaluation, 3) an oral psychological interview, 4) a polygraph examination and 5) a medical examination.
Click here to view the Hiring Standards.
Each candidate is assigned to a detective. Their function is to review each candidate's Personal History Statement/Polygraph Booklet that the candidates are given at the conclusion of STAGE TWO and explore more in-depth life history information. The investigator reviews the information about the candidate, conducts site inspections, and coordinates decisions with the psychologist and polygraph examiner. Candidates who arrive at their interview without requested documentation or complete packets are subject to disqualification from the process. Any discrepancies between documents will be closely scrutinized. The interview lasts approximately 2-3 hours.
Written and Oral Psychological Evaluation:
The LVMPD has contracted psychological services to ensure the candidate is prepared to meet the conditions often faced by police and correction officers. The candidate must demonstrate a level of maturity and stability that will allow him/her to be successful and safe on the job. Each candidate completes an extensive written psychological evaluation that is administered by the contracted psychological service provider. The written psychological evaluation is not scored until the candidate receives a conditional offer of employment with the LVMPD. It consists of 1,170 questions and takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete. The candidate also meets face-to-face with the contracted psychological service provider for an oral interview/psychological evaluation.
Qualified polygraph examiners evaluate each candidate's information to ensure it is truthful. Once again, candidates are expected to provide truthful and consistent information. Failure to do so will disqualify the candidate from the hiring process.
The LVMPD has contracted for medical examination and drug testing services. Each candidate completes the medical examination and must pass the drug test before beginning employment. Medical examinations are given to ensure a candidate is able to perform the essential functions of the position. As an equal opportunity employer, the LVMPD is committed to the laws and regulations governing employment, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. Candidates will not be eliminated based on the medical examination unless they cannot perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Click here to view the Medical/Vision/Hearing Standards.
For those candidates living out-of-state, the STAGE THREE investigative process will be completed in a single visit to the Las Vegas area, except for the medical exam and drug test which are done closer to hiring.
STAGE FOUR: Final Review and Employment
Selection Committee Meeting:
The Selection Committee consists of the Patrol Division Commanders (for police recruits), the Detention Services Division Commander (for corrections recruits), the Director of the Office of Human Resources, the Internal Affairs Bureau Commander and the Professional Standards Division Commander. During the meeting, the candidate's life history, polygraph, and psychological evaluation are presented and reviewed by the committee.
STAGE FIVE: PRE-ACADEMY PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING
Due to recent changes in Nevada Administrative Code 289.300, Police/Corrections Recruits are now required to pass the POST Physical Fitness Test within 30 days prior to the Academy starting or within 14 days after the start of the Academy. Candidates are given a conditional offer of employment which states the offer of employment is contingent upon the candidate passing a medical exam and the POST Fitness Test.
This will serve as notice that you will be required to pass the POST Fitness Test the day before your in-processing, which will be scheduled approximately 14 days prior to the start of the Academy, or the job offer will be rescinded. After passing the test, you will then be in-processed.
Click here to view the Fitness Standards.
POLICE ACADEMY TRAINING
The Police Academy is scheduled as needed and lasts approximately 24 weeks. Recruits receive 960 hours of training and instruction. There are a total of 16 units and of those, a total of 13 are instructional units.
Topics covered include:
- Criminal, constitutional and civil law
- Firearms training
- Criminal investigations
- Report writing
- Patrol procedures
- Traffic enforcement
- Police administration
- Police professionalism and ethics
- Human relations and diversity
- Vehicle operations
- Defensive tactics
- Physical conditioning
The Police Recruits must pass all tests, including:
- Written tests for each instructional unit
- Practical problems for each instructional unit
- Firearms training
- Defensive tactics
- Fitness training
- Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC)
The Academy setting has proven to be a challenging and a rewarding experience for the police recruits.
POLICE FIELD TRAINING EVALUATION PROGRAM
Once the Recruits have successfully completed the Academy, they graduate and receive their commission and the title of "Police Officer I." They then enter the Field Training Evaluation Program (FTEP). The goal of this program is to prepare new officers to perform as patrol officers in a competent, safe, and productive manner under the dynamic and sometimes, uncontrolled conditions of the street.
This program is approximately 19 weeks in length. The new officers ride and work with up to nine different field training officers while they are being trained and evaluated in the program.
CORRECTIONS ACADEMY TRAINING
The Corrections Academy consists of approximately 18 to 20 weeks of training and a total of 640 hours of training and instruction. The Corrections Academy is followed by a field training program that lasts approximately 10 weeks.
Topics covered include:
- Officer Professionalism
- Behavioral Studies
- Health and Fitness
- Facility Operations
- Legal Issues
- Law Enforcement Applications
- Investigative Procedures
- Officer Safety
- Communications for Law Enforcement
The Corrections Recruits must pass all tests, including:
- Weekly written tests
- Mid-term and final exams
- Room Search Practical
- Firearms Proficiency
- Defensive tactics
- Physical Conditioning
- Report Writing
If you wish to take on a challenging yet rewarding career, the LVMPD looks forward to having you as a member of its team. For additional questions, recruiters may be contacted at (702) 828-5787.