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Sandy City Police Department Careers

The Sandy Police Department consists of 121 sworn officers and 36 civilian employees. The department proudly serves a population of approximately 98,000. The City of Sandy is 22.3 square miles and is located on the southeast end of Salt Lake County.

Our police department operates a patrol division, investigations division, and administrative division. In addition to the basic duties of each of these divisions our department has several specialty units and collateral assignments. These units and assignments include Motors, Community Response Team, Family Crimes, Accident Reconstruction, School Resource, SWAT, K-9, Hostage Negotiations, Bicycles Patrol, Metro-Gangs, and Metro-Narcotics.

The police department is constantly looking for qualified, motivated, idealistic candidates to maintain the high quality of law enforcement service that the department strives to provide to the citizens of Sandy.

Investigation Divison

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Patrol Division

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Pay Scale and Benefits

About the Police Officer Position

The police officer position has a salary range of $46,363 to $73,320 per year and includes benefits such as:

  • Health & Dental Insurance: The City pays 100% of the premiums.
  • Life Insurance: Group term life insurance is provided for all regular employees. The amount of coverage varies from $25,000 to $50,000 depending on job classification.
  • Paid Time Off: Officers receive 174 hours per year during year 1-5 increasing to 216 per year during year 6-10 and 260 hours per year after 11+ years.
  • Holidays: Officers receive 11 paid holidays.
  • Long Term Disability Insurance: Coverage is available for employees. The amount of benefit is 66 2/3% of salary.
  • Wellness Program: The City offers a wellness program to help employees gain knowledge, skills, and motivation to improve the quality of their lives and well-being. Employees have access to a cardio and weight room at City Hall and receive a free family membership to the Alta Canyon Sports Center and discounted golf passes to River Oaks Golf Course. Other benefits include health screenings, flu shots and partial reimbursements for gym membership fees, sporting and fitness program costs, and weight loss program sign-up fees.
  • Employee Assistance Program: A counseling and consultation service is provided to help employees and eligible family members with a wide range of personal issues.
  • Flexible Spending Reimbursement Accounts: Available to help employees save taxes on medical expenses and dependent care expenses.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Full-time employees may receive tuition assistance for approved work-related courses. Repayment of up to $1500 per year tuition reimbursement.
  • Retirement: Sandy City contributes into the Utah State Retirement System and into a 401(k) account for employees. Employees may also choose to participate in a 457, Roth IRA or Roth 401(k).
  • Take Home Car: Your assigned car may be taken home if you reside in Salt Lake County or within 35 miles of Sandy City Hall.


Utah State Statute (P.O.S.T.) requires that a peace officer:

  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment as a peace officer.
  • May not have been convicted of an offense involving dishonesty, unlawful sexual conduct, physical violence, and/or domestic violence.
  • May not have been convicted of the unlawful use, sale, or possession of a controlled substance prior to five years from the date of conviction or last usage.
  • May not have been convicted of a crime for which the applicant could have been punished by imprisonment in a federal penitentiary of this or another state.
  • Must be a high school graduate.
  • Must demonstrate good moral character as determined by a background investigation.
  • Must be free of any physical, emotional, or mental conditions that might affect adversely the performance of duty as a peace officer.
  • Must type at least 30 words per minute (typing test required).

In addition to P.O.S.T. requirements, Sandy City requires applicants to:

  • Complete a Sandy City application for employment
  • Pass the Utah P.O.S.T. entrance exam with 80% overall score or be Utah P.O.S.T. certified
  • Have never been convicted of a felony
  • Possess a valid Utah Driver's License
  • Pass physical fitness standards
  • Complete Sandy City Police Department addendum for Police Officer / Auxiliary Officer form (see Police Officer addendum)

Entry Level Officers

SUMMARY: Under general supervision of a Police Sergeant, provides a range of routine and emergency police services, enforces criminal laws and county and city ordinances.

*As of March 2019 the Sandy City Police Officer position starts at $21.85/Auxiliary Officer positions start at $17.25 (plus benefits)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Must pass N.P.O.S.T. exam with a score of 80% or better overall. Requires a valid Utah Driver's License; must meet all mandatory certifications annually. A one-year probationary period is a prerequisite to this position. Knowledge of criminal and traffic laws; rules of proper verbal and written communication; ethical principles; principles of self-defense. Great responsibility for the care, condition, and use of materials, equipment, money, and tools; great responsibility for decisions that affect the lives and well-being of others; use of sound judgment when deciding when to take police action and what situations warrant an arrest.

Note: Candidates not qualifying during any phase of testing, excluding the psychological test phase, may reapply and test for a position during any new hiring process. Candidates not passing the psychological phase of testing, will not be allowed to retake the psychological test for a minimum two-year time period from the original job posting date.

Lateral Officers

Sandy City Police Department offers Lateral Entry Program for qualifying applicants. Lateral Officers may be given year-for-year credit towards salary and vacation accrual. To qualify for the Sandy Police Department Lateral Entry Program, an applicant must meet the following:
In-State and Out-of-State Candidates:

  • A candidate must have a current Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification as a Law Enforcement Officer. Out-of-state applicants must successfully pass Utah POST Waiver exam prior to employment
  • Candidates would be required to meet all minimum requirements to become a Sandy City Police Officer.
  • Candidates must fill out an employment application for the Sandy Police Department, resume, addendum form, and attach a copy of their Utah P.O.S.T. certification. Out-of-state applicants must attach a copy of their current state P.O.S.T. certification.
  • Candidates must successfully complete all stages of the Sandy Police Officer Testing Process. The testing stages include the following: Screening of Personal History Statement, Typing Test (30 W.P.M.), Physical Agility Test, Interview, Background Investigation, Psychological Examination and Evaluation, Chief’s Interview, Medical Examination, and Chemical Screen.

Note: Candidates not qualifying during any phase of testing, excluding the psychological test phase, may reapply and test for a position during any new hiring process. Candidates not passing the psychological phase of testing, will not be allowed to retake the psychological test for a minimum two-year time period from the original job posting date.

Join The Winning Team

To be notified when the next police officer testing process will begin, or if you are interested in civilian positions with the police department, please call the Sandy City Personnel Division at (801) 568-7151 or fill out the online job interest card. By filling out the job interest card, you are not applying for a position, but will be notified when the department begins a new hiring process.

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