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City of Reno, NV Police Officer in Reno, Nevada

Police Officer



Class Title

Police Officer

Class Code



$57,903.83 - $79,349.38 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

To enforce laws and ordinances; maintain order, prevent crime, and make arrests; upon assignment, may train officers and conduct police investigations; and perform related work as required.


Upon successful completion of the Law Enforcement Academy, Police Recruits are sworn in and promoted to Police Officer and placed into the Police Training Officer (PTO) Program. A person possessing law enforcement experience from Nevada or another state may be hired as a lateral and required to complete the necessary training.

The Reno Police Department employs the best of our community. Successful candidates demonstrate the ability to live and work within our Reno Police Department CORE values. These CORE values are the heart of our Department: SERVICE, INTEGRITY, RESPECT, and FAIRNESS.

Our Department is dedicated to providing SERVICE to our community. We proactively respond to the changing needs of the community and Department through open communication, accountability, and professionalism. Employees must have INTEGRITY, providing service that demonstrates honesty, professionalism and dedication in all actions. Employees will treat others with RESPECT, treating everyone with dignity empathy, and FAIRNESS, demonstrating consistent, ethical and impartial treatment for everyone.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Patrols an assigned area on foot, in a patrol car, on a motorcycle or other means of transportation; checks stores, businesses, houses, and other premises for burglary, and other disturbances; investigates any suspicious conditions.

Makes arrests for violation of laws or ordinances; escorts prisoners to incarceration; and may register and book prisoners.

Prepares record of arrest and submits detailed reports of investigation made; responds to complaints;

controls crowds; cooperates with other law enforcement officers.

Enforces traffic and parking regulations; directs traffic; investigates traffic accidents and obtains information incidental to the event; as assigned, serves as an escort; transfers prisoners; administers first aid in emergency situations.

Maintains relations with community through periodic meetings; may assist in the supervision and training of new recruits.

Assists the public by locating lost children and pets; assists motorists with stolen vehicles; observes traffic hazards and makes recommendations for their correction.

Keeps records and makes reports; assists superiors in their work and may act for them in their absence.

Attends training courses and instructional meetings; may be called on at any time for emergency duties; may assist other emergency personnel as needed.

Makes initial and supplementary investigation of crimes in areas such as personal violence, theft, checks intelligence, juvenile, and others; investigates cases involving missing persons, lost children, and runaways; interviews witnesses and complainants.

Collects material evidence and does crime scene work; takes photographs; performs surveillance of persons and places; apprehends, interviews, and arrests suspects; prepares and submits reports; testifies at hearings and in court; assists other jurisdictions and agencies.

Participates in undercover investigation of narcotics, gambling, subversive activities, vice, racial disturbances, and other activities, violations, and crimes.

Makes investigations to determine whether juvenile offenders should be returned to the custody of the home, given a formal hearing, referred to a social agency or to juvenile court; works with social agencies, schools, and groups.

Gives speeches, lectures, and demonstrations; keeps records and logs; acts as training officer for recruit police personnel in the basic patrol and/or traffic function and the training of confirmed police officers in areas deemed necessary by police administration.

Completes performance evaluation of recruit police officers assigned on a regular basis; performs other related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Ability to:

Deal effectively and courteously with others,

Observe situations analytically and objectively.

Record observations clearly and completely.

React quickly and calmly in emergencies.

Express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing,

Enforce laws, ordinances, and regulations with firmness, tact, and impartiality.

Develop skills in the use and care of firearms and meet minimum testing levels.

Develop additional skills in the operation of motor vehicles.

Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Meet the essential functions of the job classification to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Pass all written examinations required to meet Nevada POST requirements.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Training and Experience::

Successful completion of training as a Police Recruit. A person possessing law enforcement experience from Nevada or another state may be hired as a lateral and required to complete necessary training.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid driver's license issued by the State of Nevada.

Within 12 months of being sworn as a Police Officer with the City of Reno the employee must obtain and maintain a valid Nevada Peace Officer's Standards & Training (POST) certification in compliance with the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 289.550.

Supplemental Information



Last Update: 9/2018

JD 11/2018


Please Note: The following benefits are subject to change at any time.

Twelve (12) paid holidays

Vacation Accrual is as follows:

Less than 5 years = 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period

5 years but less than 10 = 5 hours per bi-weekly pay period

10 years but less than 15 = 6 hours per bi-weekly pay period

15 years but less than 20 = 7 hours per bi-weekly pay period

20 years or more = 8 hours per bi-weekly pay period

Sick Leave Accrual = 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period

City paid employee's retirement contribution into PERS

Longevity Pay as a Police Officer starts at 5 years - .5% for each year of service up to a maximum of 12.5%

City paid 100% cost for employees medical insurance premium; 50% of dependant medical insurance premium also paid by the City

City paid term life insurance policy equal to one (1) year annual base wage

Uniform allowance of $1200 per year. Initial uniforms, leather gear and weapons are furnished by the Department at no expense to the employee.

Shift differential

Special assignment pay

Educational incentive