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Your Police, Our Community



Your Police, Our Community
Your Police, Our Community
Police Recruiting
The next Reno PD
City of Reno Benefits

General City of Reno employee benefits: (All employees receive depending on contracts)

  • Pension Plan
  • Fully paid life insurance
  • Fully Paid health insurance with low family rates
  • Vision and Dental coverage
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid Holidays
  • Military Leave
  • Promotional opportunities
  • Other benefits depending on contracts
  • Educational Incentive pay
  • Special Assignment pay

All Police Department Positions involve shift, weekend and holiday work


Promotional Opportunities Available:

  • Police Officer
  • Sergeant
  • Lieutenant
  • Deputy Chief

Police Officer Assignments available:

  • Patrol officer
  • K-9 Officer
  • Bike Patrol
  • Traffic Motor
  • HELP Officer
  • Detective
  • Training Officer
  • Research and Planning
  • Intelligence
  • Training Academy
  • Accident Investigations
  • SWAT
  • Gang Unit
  • Drug Investigations
  • Many other assignments

Age:Must be 21 years of age before graduating the academy (tentatively 12/5/2023).

Citizenship Required: Yes

High School Grad/GED: Yes

Valid NEVADA Driver's License: Yes

Hiring Process: Candidates must take and pass the National Testing Network Law Enforcement test and then submit a completed application at www.reno.gov/jobs. Accepted candidates will be required to take and pass the NV POST Physical Fitness Test prior to being eligible for hire.

Based on Nevada Administrative Code Section 289.110.

No person may be appointed to perform the duties of a peace officer unless he/she:

  • Has undergone a complete and documented investigation of his/her background which verifies that he/she has good moral character and meets the minimum standards established by the Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training (POST);
  • Is a citizen of the United States;
  • Is at least 21 years of age at the time of his/her appointment;
  • Has successfully completed the 12th grade or has been certified by an appropriate authority as having an equivalent education; and
  • Has undergone a medical examination performed by a licensed physician who confirms in writing that no physical condition exists that would adversely affect his/her performance of the duties of a peace officer. The employing agency shall inform the examining physician of the specific functions required by the position to be filled.

A person may not be appointed to perform the duties of a peace officer if he/she has:

  • Been convicted of a felony in this State or of any offense which would be a felony if committed in this State;
  • Been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude or the unlawful use, sale, or possession of a controlled substance; or
  • A documented history of physical violence.
Other Considerations

Police Officers are the most visible service providers in their community and are expected to present a professional image and to inspire public confidence. The City of Reno seeks Police Recruit candidates that exhibit certain critical character/behavior traits, some of which are listed below:

  • Honesty
  • Compassion
  • Commitment
  • Integrity
  • Courtesy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Initiative
  • Judgment
  • Dependability
  • Intelligence
  • Maturity
  • Tact/Diplomacy

You must seriously consider your own reasons for becoming a police officer. Not everyone is an appropriate candidate for this career. Frequently, officers go from long periods of relative inactivity to sudden situations that cause significant physical and emotional stress. You will be placed in situations that will test your judgement, including the use of deadly force.

Often, officers are exposed to situations that can lead to corrupt, unlawful behavior. We seek only those people whose personal histories reflect honesty, reliability, and responsible financial management. Public confidence depends on every officer possessing and exhibiting unquestionable integrity. As part of the hiring process, all candidates are required to go through a thorough background investigation. Details of this investigation will be discussed further, but include investigation into:

  • Drug use
  • Drinking and driving
  • Domestic violence
  • Arrests and/or convictions
  • Unreported criminal behavior
  • Previous employment
  • Military history
  • Driving history
  • Financial history
  • Truthfulness issues
  • Online and/or social media presence
  • Tattoos, branding, or jewelry that would be exposed or visible on duty, and
  • Any area tending to identify the character and values of the candidate.
Physical Fitness Standards

Nevada Administrative Code Section 289.200 defines the physical fitness standards required for a Police Recruit to successfully graduate from the Law Enforcement Academy. Those same guidelines are used by the City of Reno Police Department to test applicants applying for a position as a Police Recruit. This test must be passed before a candidate can move on to additional parts of the testing process.

To pass the physical examination, a candidate must pass the following physical ability tests:

  • Complete a vertical jump of not less than 15 inches.
  • Complete the agility run in not more than 19.5 seconds.
  • Complete not less than 30 sit-ups in 1 minute.
  • Complete not less than 23 push-ups no time limit.
  • Run 300 meters in not more than 68 seconds.
  • Walk or run 1.5 miles in not more than 16 minutes and 57 seconds.

Physical fitness is not something that happens overnight. Rather it is the result of ongoing physical conditioning. There is no exception to the requirement that the physical examination must be passed. It is not uncommon for applicants to arrive to the physical test when they have not physically prepared to pass. We do offer our Run With A Recruiter program with the goal of helping applicants identify what they need to work on prior to taking the test. Please take a moment to review the schedule and join us for a session.

If you would like to see how the Physical Fitness Test is performed please visit the link below and watch the video.

NV POST Physical Fitness Test
Run with a Recruiter

Follow us on social media for more information about our run with a recruiter dates, or email recruiter@reno.gov if you have questions about future events.

If you are interested in practicing the physical fitness test, please email recruiter@reno.gov or see the schedule below.

Applicant Information Sessions
Information Sessions poster

If you are interested in a career in law enforcement, this is an opportunity for you to discover the process of applying and testing with the Reno Police Department. We are a Department who leads in community oriented policing and problem solving.

Your Police Recruiter will be there to provide you with the information you will need. Come learn about our great pay, employee benefits, work schedule, promotions and special assignments. Along with the recruiter you will have the opportunity to speak with a Backgrounds Investigator, the Polygraph Examiner and the Academy Staff. We look forward to answering your questions, and helping you make a positive career choice.

Where: Check back for new sessions.

The Reno Police Jr. Cadet Program is for young men and women interested in learning about a future career in the field of law enforcement (this is not a program for troubled kids). It is designed for students between the ages of 14 and 20, the Jr. Cadet Program offers youth the opportunity to be involved in their community while making new friends and gaining valuable knowledge. The Reno Police Jr. Cadet Program provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens and leaders of their communities and the nation. Visit the Jr. Cadet webpage for more information.