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How to Become a Police Officer in Las Vegas Nevada

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 1

Las Vegas is a great place to become a law enforcement officer. You can work for a variety of local police forced including the Las Vegas Police Department, the North Las Vegas Police Department, as well as the Clark County Sheriff's office.

The first thing you need to do is get some paperwork in order. If you have a bad criminal past or some other negative marks on your record then you can rule out becoming a cop in Las Vegas.

If you are an experienced law enforcement office, certified for by Nevada POST, and have worked as a certified law enforcement officer for at least a year then you may qualify to be hired as a lateral candidate.

A person hired by the Las Vegas Police department as a lateral candidate is not required to attend the Las Vegas Police Academy. You can also qualify to become a lateral candidate hire with the Las Vegas Police force even if you are not POST certified in Nevada. As long as you have POST certification from your state and have worked as a police officer for at least one continuous year then you are eligible to become a lateral candidate hire with the Las Vegas Police department.

The bad part about becoming a lateral candidate is that it won't happen. The Las Vegas Police Department has quit hiring officers as Lateral Candidates. The Las Vegas Police department prefers to train their law enforcement officers from scratch. They have found that it is easier to train someone to follow their techniques and methods when they attend the Police academy.

If you want to become a cop in Las Vegas for the Las Vegas Police Department then you will need to attend the Las Vegas Police Academy.

Once you are selected as a new hire by the Las Vegas Police Department then you will report to the Southern Desert Regional Police Academy (SDRPA). Unlike some other Police Academies around the Country, recruits in the SDRPA academy do not live on campus. You stay living at your own home with your family.

You will attend the SDRPA Monday through Thursday for 22 weeks. If you successfully complete the SDRPA training then you will become a licensed police officer.

Your salary will be very nice for a law enforcement officer. The North Las Vegas Police Department, which is separate from the Las Vegas Police department, says that most of their police officers earn between $54,684 to $81,123.

You can also make bonuses depending on which shift you work. If you want to learn more about the process of becoming a police officer in Las Vegas then you can visit the North Las Vegas Police department recruiting information.

If you do not qualify to become a police officer in Las Vegas then you could look into becoming a slot attendant in Las Vegas. Slot techs can make as much, and sometimes more than a police officer depending upon your experience. Entry level wages for slot attendants are pretty good and there are many places to get trained as a Slot tech in Las Vegas.


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Dec 3, 2010 10:34am
EllenAlanna
Interesting and direct in advice.
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