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Law Enforcement Careers in Utah

In Utah, law enforcement careers are found at the local (municipal), county (sheriff) and state (highway patrol) levels. Each law enforcement agency has its own minimum standards that one must meet in order to be considered for employment. Law enforcement careers in Utah may be the most challenging, rewarding, physically demanding positions that are available in the state. The protection of citizens at the local, county and state levels is the number one priority of law enforcement officers working in Utah.

Police Officer Jobs and Training in Utah

Police officers at the local level are called Peace Officers in Utah. The Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Act sets minimum requirements of all peace officers in Utah. Municipalities may establish standards beyond these, but all potential Utah police officers/peace officers must meet the minimum standards. Police officer jobs in Utah may be most prevalent in its biggest cities, such as:

  • West Jordan Police Department, West Jordan
  • Provo City Police Department, Provo
  • West Valley City Police Department, West Valley
  • Salt Lake City Police Department, Salt Lake City

Police officer jobs in Utah that may be available at municipal police departments are:

  • Police officer
  • Peace officer

Deputy Sheriff Jobs and Training in Utah

Sheriff’s offices in Utah are found within the state’s counties. Deputy Sheriff jobs in Utah may be available in:

  • Weber County-Ogden
  • Wayne County-Loa
  • Washington County-Hurricane
  • Wasatch County-Heber City
  • Utah County-Spanish Fork and Provo
  • Uintah County-Vernal
  • Tooele County-Tooele
  • Summit County – Park City
  • Sevier County – Richfield
  • Sanpete County – Manti
  • San Juan County-Monticello
  • Rich County – Randolph
  • Piute County – Junction
  • Morgan County – Morgan
  • Millard County – Fillmore
  • Kane County- Kanab
  • Juab County – Nephi
  • Iron County-Cedar City
  • Grand County-Moab
  • Garfield County-Panguitch
  • Emery County-Castle Dale
  • Duchesne County-Duchesne
  • Davis County-Farmington
  • Daggett County – Manila
  • Carbon County – Price
  • Cache County – Logan
  • Box Elder County – Brigham City
  • Beaver County – Beaver

Deputy Sheriff jobs in Utah counties may include:

  • Protective services officer
  • Sheriff
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Corrections officer

Qualifications for Becoming a Police Officer or Deputy Sheriff in Utah

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a high school diploma/GED
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Complete a law enforcement certification program (under an agency such as  Utah Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy and the Utah Law Enforcement Academy at Weber State University )
  • Score at least a 70 on the National Peace Officers Selection Test (NPOST) (this test is required for all county/sheriff jobs in Utah)

State Trooper Jobs and Training With the Highway Patrol in Utah

Utah’s Highway Patrol is made up of state troopers who help to keep the state’s citizens safe. Specialty units of the Utah Highway Patrol include SWAT, Executive Protection, Capitol Security, and K-9 Troopers. Offices in which state trooper jobs with the highway patrol in Utah may be available include:

  • Headquarters/Administrative Office – Salt Lake City
  • Other offices:
    • Wendover – Section 8
    • Vernal-Section 5 – Uintah, Daggett & Duchesne Counties
    • Sandy – Training Office
    • Tooele – Section 8, Tooele County
    • St. George/Hurricane – Section 12 – Washington & Kane Counties
    • Murray – Supply Office
    • Salt Lake Field Operations– Section 4, Salt Lake County
    • Roosevelt – Section 5
    • Richfield-Section 10 – Western Wayne, Piute, Sevier & Sanpete Counties
    • Price-Section 9 – Green River Area, Eastern Garfield, Wayne, Eastern, Emery & Carbon Counties
    • Orem – Section 6, Utah County
    • Ogden-Section 2, Morgan & Weber Counties
    • Nephi-Section 14
    • Motor Carrier-Vehicle Safety Division, Salt Lake City
    • Monticello-Section 13
    • Moab-Section 13, San Juan & Grand Counties
    • Logan-Section 1
    • Law Enforcement Data Center- Murray
    • Kanab-Section 12
    • Heber-Section 7, Rich, Summit & Wasatch Counties
    • Green River – Section 9
    • Fillmore-Section  14, Millard & Juab Counties
    • Farmington-Section 3, Davis County
    • DUI Squad,K-9 & SERT (Special Emergency Response Team) – Murray
    • Dignitary Protection Uniform Division – Salt Lake City
    • Salt Lake Community College-Taylorsville
    • Cedar City-Section 11, Garfield, Iron & Beaver Counties
    • Brigham City-Section 1, Cache & Box Elder Counties
    • Beaver-Section 11

Qualifications for Becoming a State Trooper in Utah

Applications to become a State Trooper in Utah are not accepted unless the state has a need. Prospective state troopers may visit statejobspostings.utah.gov to sign up to be notified when applications are being accepted. Minimum qualifications include:

Utah Law Enforcement Salaries

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, an occupational guide released by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, reported that in 2010 the median Utah law enforcement salaries were:

  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: $44,280
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $56,710
  • Supervisors of Police and Detectives: $64,100

Salaries among Detectives and Criminal Investigators throughout Utah

Area name
Annual mean wage
Ogden-Clearfield UT
Provo-Orem UT
Salt Lake City UT

Police Officer and Sheriff Salary in Utah

At the Salt Lake City Police Department, entry-level officers are paid at 3 different levels depending upon the shift that they work:

  • Day shift: $35,616
  • Afternoon shift: $36,499.20
  • Graveyard shift: $37,401.60

After that, police officers are paid by years of service and respective shift:

Years of Service
Day Shift
Graveyard Shift

Similarly, the West Valley Police Department offers entry-level police officers a beginning salary of $38,367 with step pay increases thereafter.

Salaries among Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers throughout Utah

Area name
Annual mean wage
Logan UT-ID
Ogden-Clearfield UT
Provo-Orem UT
St. George UT
Salt Lake City UT
Northern Utah nonmetropolitan area
West Central Utah nonmetropolitan area
South Western Utah nonmetropolitan area
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area

State Trooper Salary in Utah

According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, Utah Highway Patrol, the state trooper salary in Utah begins at $35,392. The maximum salary for state troopers is $52,977. Below are some additional benefits available to state troopers in Utah:

  • Educational assistance up to $2,500 per year for approved education expenses
  • Uniform allowance of $520 per year

Salaries among Police Supervisors and Detectives throughout Utah

Area name
Annual mean wage
Ogden-Clearfield UT
Provo-Orem UT
St. George UT
Salt Lake City UT
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area

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