DPS Officer 1

Job Location(s) US-NV
Posted Date 8 months ago(1/6/2021 11:19 AM)
Recruitment Number
# of Openings
Closing Date
Law Enforcement
USD $53,598.96/Yr.
USD $79,719.84/Yr.



Due to COVID-19 all testing are subject to change so please check emails or contact your Recruiter to confirm your test date.  Also, DPS is strongly encourages all new hires to be vaccinated prior to being hired.   


PLEASE READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION (PRINT FOR YOUR RECORDS). E-mail is the preferred method of communicating with applicants so all communication will be through email. Therefore, applicants must provide valid e-mail addresses and are encouraged to check spam or junk mail folders to ensure you are not missing any communication/invitation from DPS.  You must be a US Citizen and 21 years to be hired as a DPS Officer. Also, we need you to complete the ICIMS application with education and employment history (2 years minimum).  Please make sure you accurately fill out each section or your application will be deemed incomplete.


For questions regarding this recruitment please contact Kara Carmonne at 775-684-4475 or at kcarmonne@dps.state.nv.us or Jose Villa at 702-486-3046 or at jvilla@dps.state.nv.us.  Please email regarding new test dates or confirmation.

You will be tested (weather permitted) in Las Vegas or Carson City for the physical agility examination  and written exam so please indicate your preferred test location in your application. Las Vegas testing will be on 1/23/21, 2/6/21, 2/27/21, 05/22/21, 05/29/21, 06/05/21, 06/12/21, 06/19/21, 06/26/21, 07/10/21, 07/17/21, 07/24/21, 08/7/21, 08/14/21, 08/21/21, 8/27/21 (National Guard Candidates), 9/4/21, 9/18/21, 9/25/21 and other dates TBD (updated periodically). Carson City testing will held on 1/20, 1/22, 2/5, 2/10, 2/12, 2/19, 3/5, 3/26, 4/16, 4/23, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11, 7/9, 7/16, 8/6, 8/20, 9/10, 9/17, 10/15, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, and other dates TBD (updated periodically).  Also, test dates are subject to change (rain or snow for example).  Applicants who pass the agility examination and written exam will proceed to the background phase.  NOTE- THIS RECRUITMENT MAY CLOSE WITHOUT NOTICE WHEN ENOUGH APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED. 


DPS Officers perform a variety of law enforcement and public safety functions within the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Assignments vary widely and incumbents are assigned to various divisions within the department including the Nevada Highway Patrol, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Investigations, Parole & Probation, and Capitol Police. All positions in this series are trained peace officers in accordance with requirements established by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). Allocation of positions to various levels within the series is based on the nature and complexity of the assignment; the depth of knowledge in specialized areas of law enforcement and public safety; supervisory responsibility; and level of independence.


Obtain and verify facts and statements regarding incidents; weigh facts impartially and accurately; conduct interviews and collect evidence and information as required in the course of law enforcement and administrative and regulatory activities; recognize, develop and secure evidence for orderly presentation in a court of law and/or Parole Board; prepare cases for court and testify as required.  Obtain and serve legal documents such as subpoenas, affidavits, and arrest, search and administrative warrants; perform extraditions as assigned; write routine and specialized reports; document work activities and maintain related records.


Operate and maintain a variety of public safety equipment including tools, weapons, protective gear and vehicles applicable to the specific assignment. Respond to emergency situations, accidents, incidents and crime scenes; develop a logical course of action; identify hazards and provide assistance and protection as required and trained. Conduct surveillance activities utilizing appropriate equipment and techniques applicable to the assignment.  Work cooperatively with staff in other public safety agencies, government officials, judicial system staff and the general public; refer victims and witnesses to community services and resources as appropriate; make presentations to community groups to provide information and raise awareness of public safety issues, problems and services. Provide guidance and informal training to peers and subordinate staff as needed; and provide input in the development of laws, regulations, and procedures.



Incumbents at this level are trained to perform law enforcement duties in a law enforcement academy. The instruction and training is provided in a formal classroom setting and in practical field exercises. Academy staff review and evaluate each cadet’s class participation, coursework, assignments, and written performance examinations. Upon successful graduation from the academy, incumbents either:

1) Work under supervision as a trainee within the Divisions of Highway Patrol, Parole & Probation, Investigations, or the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Incumbents receive training in the duties described in the series concept and may progress to the next level upon meeting minimum qualifications and with approval of the appointing authority; or

2) Work under general supervision in the Capitol Police Division at the journey level. Incumbents perform foot and vehicular patrol of State owned and leased property; check for unsecured doors and windows, vandalism, water leaks, and safety hazards; administer first aid in emergencies and/or call emergency personnel; patrol the Governor’s Mansion and adjacent grounds and investigate suspicious circumstances or persons in the area. Additionally, some positions are assigned to a 24-hour desk operation where they receive and relay information to on-duty officers; maintain a daily incident log; operate a two-way radio base station; answer incoming calls to the Governor’s Mansion and screen for

threatening, obscene or harassing callers; and provide the public with general information and assistance in locating public buildings. For positions assigned to the Capital Police Division, there is no automatic progression to DPS Officer II.




Graduation from high school or equivalent education and two years of military service or public contact experience which included problem solving and applying policies to specific situations; OR Associate of Arts degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, psychology, social work, fire science, or related field and one year of experience as described above; OR Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, psychology, sociology, social work, public administration, or related field; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.


The Examination

1)A POST Category I Pre- Screening Physical Agility exam which consists of a vertical jump of 11.5 inches, Agility Run in 23.4 seconds; 24 sit-ups in 1 minute; 18 push-ups (not timed); a 300 meter-run in 82 seconds; and a 1.5 mile run in 20 minutes and 20 seconds.

2) National Testing Network (Law Enforcement - Frontline National) - Invitation only email the Recruiter.

Please see link below (testing will be conducted after the physical fitness exam)


3) Polygraph

4) Extensive background investigation.

5) Drug test

6) Physical examination

7) Psychological test

If you are hired as a DPS Officer when you get to the academy you will need to pass a POST Category 1 Physical Agility test which consists of a vertical jump of 14 inches, Agility Run in 19.5 seconds; 30 sit-ups in 1 minute; 23 push-ups (not timed); a 300 meter-run in 68 seconds; and a 1.5 mile run in 16 minutes and 57 seconds. 

Please watch video for more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSIr9CNkJV0

*Proper athletic attire such as shorts, shirts and athletic shoes are MANDATORY (jeans are not allowed).

Research Divisions and/or informational videos - DPS.NV.GOV has the following videos (under media) or cut and paste links:

Parole & Probation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmQWKBX8TJU

Highway Patrol - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MOjfA7cua0

Capitol Police - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWN1Ukwd1dk

More videos and information at Nevadadpscareers.com

Note: This position is subject to call-out and call back.



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