Lateral Police Officer

September 1, 2023
Reno, NV
Job Type



Reno Police Department is Hiring Now!

The City of Reno is seeking current law enforcement officers looking to join the Reno Police Department team!

This open competitive opportunity is for qualified law enforcement officers who are interested in continuing their careers in public safety with an organization dedicated to providing quality service to the community.

The City of Reno and the Reno Police Department are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to everyone. This commitment is an integral part of all our efforts to ensure we have a diverse and representative workforce that serves our community.

Reno Police Department is currently filling multiple Lateral Police Officer positions. The hiring process will begin immediately upon acceptance of your application.

Examples of Essential Functions
Upon successful completion of the Reno Police Lateral Academy, Police Officers are placed into the Police Training Officer (PTO) Program.

  • Patrols an assigned area on foot, in a patrol car, on a motorcycle or other means of transportation; checks stores, businesses, houses, and other premises for burglary, and other disturbances; investigates any suspicious conditions.
  • Makes arrests for violation of laws or ordinances; escorts prisoners to incarceration; and may register and book prisoners.
  • Prepares record of arrest and submits detailed reports of investigation made; responds to complaints; controls crowds; cooperates with other law enforcement officers.
  • Enforces traffic and parking regulations; directs traffic; investigates traffic accidents and obtains information incidental to the event; as assigned, serves as an escort; transfers prisoners; administers first aid in emergency situations.
  • Maintains relations with community through periodic meetings; may assist in the supervision and training of new recruits.
  • Assists the public by locating lost children and pets; assists motorists with stolen vehicles; observes traffic hazards and makes recommendations for their correction.
  • Keeps records and makes reports; assists superiors in their work and may act for them in their absence.
  • Attends training courses and instructional meetings; may be called on at any time for emergency duties; may assist other emergency personnel as needed.
  • Makes initial and supplementary investigation of crimes in areas such as personal violence, theft, checks intelligence, juvenile, and others; investigates cases involving missing persons, lost children, and runaways; interviews witnesses and complainants.
  • Collects material evidence and does crime scene work; takes photographs; performs surveillance of persons and places; apprehends, interviews, and arrests suspects; prepares and submits reports; testifies at hearings and in court; assists other jurisdictions and agencies.
  • Participates in undercover investigation of narcotics, gambling, subversive activities, vice, racial disturbances, and other activities, violations, and crimes.
  • Makes investigations to determine whether juvenile offenders should be returned to the custody of the home, given a formal hearing, referred to a social agency or to juvenile court; works with social agencies, schools, and groups.
  • Gives speeches, lectures, and demonstrations; keeps records and logs; acts as training officer for recruit police personnel in the basic patrol and/or traffic function and the training of confirmed police officers in areas deemed necessary by police administration.
  • Completes performance evaluation of recruit police officers assigned on a regular basis; performs other related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must meet all requirements at the time of application.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent.


  • Two years of patrol experience (may include probationary time) OR
  • Successful completion of the Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy (NNLEA)

License and Certificate:

  • Possess and maintain the equivalent to a valid Nevada Class C driver's license at the time of application and at time of hire.
  • Possession of a Nevada POST Category 1 Certificate, or an out-of-state POST Category 1 Certificate which has reciprocity with Nevada. Basic Certificate must be in good standing.

*If seeking reciprocity, employment as a Peace Officer (ex. Patrol Officer, street cop, etc.) in a reciprocity state or approved federal program as an equivalent to a Nevada Category 1 Peace Officer must be within the last 60 months (Detention and Corrections of any kind does not qualify for reciprocity)

Other Requirements:

  • Must be 21 years of age at time of appointment
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must pass the Nevada POST Physical Fitness Test, per NAC 289.
  • Non NV POST holders must pass the online Reciprocity course, per NAC 289.
  • Non NV POST holders must pass the Nevada State Certification exam, per NAC 289.

Candidates WILL NOT be considered who resigned in lieu of termination or been terminated from any civil service employment for substantiated misconduct involving dishonesty, and has not been reinstated as a result of a judicial action or any available appeal or remedy relating to the resignation or termination, including, without limitation, any civil service appeal, direct administrative appeal, or collective bargaining remedy. For purposes of this paragraph, "dishonesty" includes untruthfulness, deception, misrepresentation, falsification, and dishonesty by admission or omission (NAC 289.110 (4) (d)).

Nevada POST will verify and confirm all eligibility requirements have been met. If all eligibility requirements have not been met, then you will be required to attend a basic academy.

**Bilingual Candidates are Strongly Encouraged to Apply**

Supplemental Information
To Apply:
Submit your completed application and all additional information/documentation requested online at prior to the close of this recruitment. If a computer or mobile device is not available to you, suggested locations to complete an online application submittal include: the City of Reno City Hall 2nd floor computer kiosk or 5th floor Civil Service Offices, any locations of Nevada Job Connect or any local library or educational facility.

If you are having difficulty logging into your profile, please call the applicant support line at 855-524-5627.

Examination Process:
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and pass the examination for this position to be eligible for hire. The examination will consists of a Training and Experience evaluation (T&E) weighted at 100%.

T&E Evaluation Details:
The T&E evaluation consists of a Supplemental Questionnaire. The questions may be viewed online under the tab marked "QUESTIONS" on the job announcement page. The T&E must be submitted online at the time of application.

  • Responses to your T&E questions should be consistent with the information given in your application details.
  • Answers are subject to verification
  • Failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score; therefore, it is advantageous for you to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question.
  • Resumes or questionnaires uploaded as attachments to the application will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question online.
  • "See Resume" or "See above," etc., are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • Changes or corrections to your responses cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • TIP: It may be more efficient to develop your responses in a word processing document and then paste them into the online questionnaire to be submitted

Applicants are notified by email of their examination results. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications will also be notified.

Testing Accommodation:
If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability and will be requesting an accommodation, that request must be made to the Chief Examiner no later than the closing date of this announcement.

Appointment and Certification:
Appointments to positions in the City's Civil Service system are made on the basis of examination. Scores resulting from a competitive examination are used in determining a person's rank on an eligible register. The department may hire any of the persons referred. The names of those persons not hired may be considered when the next vacancy occurs, for as long as that register is viable.

Veteran Preference (In the Event of Tie Scores):
In the event of tie scores resulting from final rating an eligible will be awarded veteran's preference and provided a rank preference if one (1) of the eligibles has submitted proof of honorable discharge from the military service. In the case where two (2) or more of the eligibles who have received the same score and have been awarded veteran's preference, the ranking shall be determined by a random assignment by computer. A candidate who desires to claim veteran's preference must, at the time of application, submit documentation of honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces. This preference will only be administered in the event of tie scores. Documentation must be submitted at the time of application.

Questions and Updates:
Questions about the information on this announcement and updates to application information should be directed to Civil Service at (775) 334-2223 or

The City of Reno is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment, hiring, assignment, training, compensation, promotion, retention, and disciplinary decisions will be made without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, political affiliation, membership in an employee association, or any other protected class status applicable under federal or state law or City Charter.


Please Note: The following benefits are subject to change at any time.

  • Thirteen(13) paid holidays including the floating/birthday to be taken during the fiscal year upon approval
  • 4% salary increase effective January 2023
  • 4.5% salary increase effective July 2023
  • Vacation Accrual is as follows:
    ~Less than 5 years = 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period
    ~5 years but less than 10 = 5 hours per bi-weekly pay period
    ~10 years but less than 15 = 6 hours per bi-weekly pay period
    ~15 years but less than 20 = 7 hours per bi-weekly pay period
    ~20 years or more = 8 hours per bi-weekly pay period
    Sick Leave Accrual = 5hours per bi-weekly pay period
  • City paid employee's retirement contribution into PERS
  • Deferred Compensation match of up to $20 per pay period effective July 2023
  • Longevity Pay as a Police Officer starts at 5 years - .5% for each year of service up to a maximum of 12.5%
  • City paid 100% cost for employees medical insurance premium; 50% of dependant medical insurance premium also paid by the City
  • City paid term life insurance policy equal to one (1) year annual base wage
  • Uniform allowance of $1200 per year. Initial uniforms, leather gear and weapons are furnished by the Department at no expense to the employee.
  • Shift differential
  • Special assignment pay
  • Educational incentive

Please use this Health and Welfare Benefit Link to learn more about the City of Reno's great employee benefit plans and wellness programs.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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