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Work for us Wednesday: If you've got what it takes, Unified Police Dept. has several openings

Posted at 8:49 AM, Sep 02, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — It is Work for us Wednesday.

Each week we highlight job opportunities across the state to help Utahns get back to work and rebound from impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Unified Police Department is looking to hire.

UPD is hoping to find 10 to 20 new police officers who care about the community.

Here are the requirements:

  • You must be at least 21 years old, a US citizen and have a high school diploma.
  • No felony convictions or recent DUI or illegal drug use convictions.
  • Candidates need to pass a physical fitness test.
  • Pass an extensive background check.

The application process can take about three months, because it’s not your usual background check.

Investigators will reach out to friends, family and neighbors as well as check social media to find candidates with high moral character and integrity.

UPD Sgt. Melody Cutler admits it’s not an easy job, but says it's a rewarding one.

“I’ve been asked ‘why do you do this job? How could you do this job?’ and the way I look at it is the saying that we’ve all heard is, ‘be the change,” Sgt. Cutler said. “If you feel like law enforcement can do better and you can help do better, then be the change. Come join us and be part of the solution.”

As for the benefits, UPD’s starting salary is between $22 and $34 an hour, and the department boasts a 16-percent 401-k contribution.

Sgt. Cutler said entry-level officers will get paid while they go through the police academy, and there’s room to grow into a specialized position – like K-9 or investigations.

UPD will also accept officers from other departments and agencies who might enjoy patrolling a bigger area.

The window to apply to UPD closes on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

You can also check for jobs posted by Utah Workforce Service here.

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