Becoming a Police Officer in Juneau, Alaska

The Juneau Police Department received nearly 35,000 calls for service in 2010 and had a clearance rate higher than the national average in every category. This is extremely impressive for a department of its size.

The steps that follow describe what it takes to become a police officer in Juneau, Alaska.

  1. Meet the Basic Qualifications
  2. Submit Your Application
  3. Written and Physical Agility Examinations
  4. Background Check and Polygraph Examination
  5. Medical and Psychological Evaluation
  6. Placement on an Eligibility List
  7. Attend Police Academy for Training

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Step 1. Meet the Basic Qualifications for Juneau Police Officer Candidacy

There are certain requirements that you must meet to be considered for jobs as a police officer in Juneau:

  • You must be at least 21 years old at the time you are appointed.
  • You must have a valid driver’s license in Alaska by the time of your appointment.
  • You must have either a high school diploma or a GED.
  • You must be either a U.S. citizen or a resident alien with the authorization to be employed in the U.S.
  • You must not have the following convictions:
    • Misdemeanor:  moral turpitude or dishonesty
    • Felony
    • DUI:  2 within the past 10 years
  • You must not have used marijuana within the past year.
  • You must not have illegally sold, transported, or manufactured a controlled substance within the past 10 years.

Step 2. Submit Your Application

The Juneau Police Department is continually recruiting applicants.  You must apply online and choose the date of your tests.

Step 3. Written and Physical Agility Examinations

You will have to take both written and physical examinations to determine whether you meet a baseline to become a police officer in Juneau.

Step 4. Background Check and Polygraph Examination

Once you have scored well on your written and physical tests, the department will thoroughly vet your background.  Your records will be thoroughly reviewed, and an investigator will check to make sure that you do not have a criminal background.  As a part of this process, your fingerprints will be taken.  You will then be given a polygraph examination about your background.

Step 5. Medical and Psychological Evaluation

After you have passed your background check and polygraph examination, you will be examined by a doctor to ensure that you do not have any medical conditions that would prevent you from becoming a police officer in Juneau.

Once you have been cleared by a doctor, you will be examined by a psychologist.

Step 6. Placement on an Eligibility List

After you have successfully passed your psychological examination, you will be placed on a list of people eligible to be hired as a police officer in Juneau.  This list is good for at least a year and may be extended to two by the Chief of Police.

Step 7. Attend Police Academy for Training

Once you have been notified that you have been chosen to proceed with employment as a police officer in Juneau, you will receive basic training at the Department of Public Safety Academy in Sitka.

Your schedule will start with physical conditioning at 5:10 AM and continue into the evening with time for study and additional training until 10 PM weekdays.  On the weekends, you will undergo testing and instruction in driving.

The salary range of a newly hired police officer in Juneau will range from $28.12 to $30.14 an hour, depending on your background and experience.

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