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City of Reno, NV Police Recruit in Reno, Nevada

Police Recruit



Class Title

Police Recruit

Class Code



$55,016.00 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

In a training status to learn how to enforce laws and ordinances, maintain order, prevent crime, make arrests and how to conduct police investigations; and perform related work as required.


Police Recruits must complete the Law Enforcement Academy and show their ability to perform the required work. Upon successful completion of the academy Police Recruits are sworn in and promoted to Police Officer.

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.

Attends the Law Enforcement Academy ("Academy") designated by the Police Department.

Conforms to the rules of conduct as outlined in the Academy's Recruit Manual, Department Policy and City of Reno Policy.

Completes written reports and makes oral presentations as required by the Academy.

Participates in the Academy training, and completes and passes all academic tests as prescribed by the Academy, to include any quizzes, mid-term and final exams.

Participates in physical fitness training and passes the physical fitness standards test as prescribed by the Academy and the Nevada Peace Officers Standards and Training rules.

Participates in Defensive Tactics training and obtains a passing score on the final proficiency test.

Participates in Firearms training and obtains a passing qualification score for each firearm.

Participates in the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course training and obtains a passing score on the final proficiency test.

Completes First Aid and CPR training and obtains a passing score on a final written exam.

Participates in Force on Force training and obtains a passing score on the final proficiency test.

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,

Develop skills to 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 in routine and emergency situations and training.

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 physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Pass all examinations required during the Law Enforcement Academy and meet Nevada Commission on P.O.S.T. 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:


Graduation from high school or GED.


Three years of work experience involving public contact.

License or Certificate:

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

Supplemental Information


Last Update: 9/14/09

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