The "Mission of the Investigations Division" is to identify, document and collect all evidence and information at crime scenes for identifying, apprehending and convicting the guilty and to exonerate the innocent.
The St. George Police Department Investigations Division consists of one Captain, one Lieutenant, three Sergeants, and twenty Detectives. Additionally there are five civilian employees. These detectives are experienced and highly trained investigators whose sole job is to investigate and solve a wide range of crimes. They have specialized knowledge, skills and resources enabling them to solve cases such as forgeries, frauds, thefts, robberies, rapes, drug activity, gang crimes, sex crimes, child and adult abuse, homicide and other suspicious deaths. Detectives are trained in processing for fingerprints, photography and all aspects of crime scene investigation.
In many cases, the patrol officer who took the initial report will be able to investigate this case and bring it to a resolution. If the offense is serious or the office was unable to complete the case on during his shift, it may be assigned to a detective for follow up. In some cases, there may not be enough evidence to conclusively point to a suspect. In all cases, the St. George Police Department Investigations Division is here to serve the citizens our community.
For more information about Victim Services and the Drug Task Force, please select the appropriate tab on the web page.
If you need to report a crime, please call (435) 627-4300.
The St. George Police Department periodically needs new officers to fill new positions or those positions left empty by retiring officers. We publish these openings with the local newspaper THE DAILY SPECTRUM. Notices of intent to hire are also sent to POST (Police Officers Standards and Training) and Weber State University. At times we may also list with newspapers in northern Utah. The St. George Police Department does not accept resumes or applications until official notice of hiring has been published.
Applicants need to meet the following basic requirements:
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Must be a United States Citizen
- Must have high school graduation (or GED equivalent)
- Must possess a valid Utah Driver License upon appointment
- Must be of good moral character
- Must not have any domestic violence convictions
When an officer position needs to be filled, those interested need to apply with the proper application which can be obtained from the department, the city office (or the city website) or Work Force Services. There are several steps that each applicant needs to pass before being considered for employment.
Physical Fitness Test (consisting of the following):
- 35 Sit ups in one minute
- 25 Push ups, no time limit, resting in the up position only
- Mile and a half run in under 15:30
- Vertical Leap of 16 inches
- Bench press 75% of your body weight
- Written Test (Designed to test judgement and decision making abilities)
- Oral Interview
- Background Check
- Computerized Voice Stress Analyzer evaluation (CVSA)
- Psychological testing
- Medical Exam
- Drug Test
- St. George Police Department Field Training Program
The hiring process is as follows:
Those who fill out an application will be notified of the physical testing date. Those who meet the minimum physical requirements will be given a written test consisting of questions designed to test judgement and decision making skills. Those who pass the written test will be given an oral interview. The applicants successfully passing the oral interviews will be ranked in order of preference. The top applicants will be given a conditional letter of intent to employ along with an informational packet. This
packet will be filled out and returned so that an extensive background check can be completed. Those passing the background checks and CVSA will be sent for psychological evaluation, the medical exam and the drug testing.
Those passing these steps who are not POST certified will be sent to the Police Academy and then begin their Field Training and assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) for a period of time. Those who are already POST certified will be directly assigned to an FTO for training and local application of the skills learned at the academy.
POST Certification or Waiver
Although not a pre-requisite to employment with St. George Police Department, many applicants request information about becoming POST certified prior to applying. Applicants from another state must meet POST requirements. This will include successfully passing the Utah POST Waiver Exam. This exam must be scheduled through this department and is at the expense of the applicant. You may contact POST for application to the police academy at:
Basic Training Unit
4525 S 2700 W
Salt Lake City, Utah 84119
or visit their web site.