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Becoming a Police Officer in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), the largest law enforcement agency in Nevada and the one of the largest police agencies in the United States, consists of 2,743 police officers and 786 corrections officers. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department serves both Clark County and the City of Las Vegas.

This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to become a police officer in Las Vegas:

  1. Meet Minimum Employment Requirements
  2. Apply for Employment
  3. Attend Police Recruit Seminar
  4. Complete the Personal History Questionnaire Screener
  5. Take the Written Examination
  6. Take the Physical Fitness Test
  7. Meet with the Oral Board
  8. Receive Conditional Offer of Employment and Undergo Thorough Background Investigation and Interview
  9. Undergo Remaining Employment Testing
  10. Meet with the Employment Selection Committee for a Final Review
  11. Take the POST Physical Fitness Test
  12. Attend the Police Academy


Step 1. Meet Employment Requirements

Individuals interested in becoming a police officer in Las Vegas should first ensure they meet minimum employment requirements. In particular, the LVMPD requires that candidates for Las Vegas police jobs must:

  1. Possess a high school diploma or GED
  2. Have no felony convictions
  3. Have no more than one DUI
  4. Have no domestic violence convictions
  5. Be a United States citizen
  6. Have no visible tattoos, branding or jewelry on duty
  7. Be at least 21 years of age
  8. Must have 20/20 vision (corrected or uncorrected)

Step 2. Apply for Employment

If you are interested in attaining Las Vegas police jobs, you may contact an LVMPD recruiter (702-828-5787), who can provide you with the information you need to apply for employment. You may also search for open employment periods for police officer recruits through LVMPD’s Job Search page.

The LVMPD holds a number of recruitment and informational events throughout the year for individuals with interest in becoming a police officer in Las Vegas. Therefore, it is always best to check the LVMPD website for upcoming events.

Step 3. Attend Police Recruit Seminar

Upon completion of the pre-screening process by the LVMPD, all candidates for Las Vegas police jobs must attend a police recruitment seminar, which serves to pre-screen candidates. You will be contacted by a Department representative (through email), who will provide you with upcoming police recruit seminars.

The police recruit seminar, which is a full-day event, is designed to simulate a typical day in the police academy. As such, you will be expected to participate in physical training and academic instruction.

Step 4. Complete the Personal History Questionnaire Screener

All qualified candidates, upon completion of the mandatory police recruit seminar, will be scheduled for the personal history questionnaire screener (PHQ), during which you must answer questions about your personal history and life experiences. You will only qualify to continue with the employment process if you pass the PHQ. You will be scored immediately and notified of your pass/fail status upon completion of the PHQ.

Step 5. Take the Written Examination

The written exam is scored immediately and is calculated as a percentage. This percentage will be included in your overall test score.

Step 6. Take the Physical Fitness Test

You will then be required to complete the physical fitness test. You must pass this test to continue on with the employment testing process. You can review the LVMPD’s physical fitness standards by reading the LVMPD Study Guide.

Step 7. Meet with the Oral Board

The Oral Board interview, which is the last phase of the selection process, is designed to evaluate your ability to perform your job as an LVMP police officer.  Your oral board interview will be measured, scored, and added to your written test score. You may view an oral board interview video to better understand what to expect during your oral interview.

Upon completion of all oral board interviews, the Civil Service Board will create an eligibility list of potential candidates for Las Vegas police jobs.

Step 8. Receive Conditional Offer of Employment and Undergo Thorough Background Investigation and Interview

Upon completion and approval of the eligibility list, all candidates will be contacted and a thorough background investigation will begin and a background investigation interview will be conducted.

Step 9. Undergo Remaining Employment Testing

While the background investigation is underway, all candidates will be required to complete employment testing, which includes:

  • Written psychological evaluation
  • Polygraph examination
  • Oral psychological interview
  • Medical examination
  • Drug screen

Step 10. Meet with the Employment Selection Committee for a Final Review

The final step of the selection process involves meeting with the Employment Selection Committee, at which time you will be presented with the results from your testing and background investigation.

Step 11. Take the POST Physical Fitness Test

All new recruits must take and pass the POST Physical Fitness Test at least 30 days before starting the Police Academy or within 14 days after the start of the Academy. The offer of employment is contingent upon passing the POST Fitness Test.

Step 12. Attend the Police Academy

Police Academy training, which lasts about 24 weeks, is mandatory for all new LVMPD police recruits.  Police Academy training is followed by the Field Training Evaluation Program, which is 19 weeks in length.

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