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THE RENO

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Your Police, Our Community

THE RENO

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Your Police, Our Community
THE RENO
POLICE DEPARTMENT
Your Police, Our Community

Police Recruiting

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

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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
MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR APPOINTMENT

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.

Questions regarding the background process may be sent to ordunoa@reno.gov or bowdenj@reno.gov .

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:

  • Exhibit grip strength of at least 80 lbs. with the dominant hand, using a Jamar hand dynamometer;
  • Pass a bend, twist, and touch speed test requiring the completion of at least 15 cycles in 20 seconds;
  • Complete at least 32 sit-ups in 60 seconds;
  • Complete at least 24 push-ups without a set time limit;
  • Run 100 yards in 19 seconds or less; and
  • Run 1.5 miles in 15 minutes, 20 seconds or less.

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.

Run with a Recruiter
We want to help you prepare for the physical fitness test. The community response and participation to this event is amazing! This is for everyone and there is no need to RSVP Just show up and we'll work out together.
Applicant Information Sessions

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 inspector, the polygraph examiner, the Academy Staff and a representative from the Civil Service Commission. We look forward to answering your questions, and helping you make a positive career choice.


Please check back here, or stay connected to our social media pages, for future dates for this event.