The traffic unit is comprised of 4 motorcycle officers and 2 traffic enforcement cars. This unit was expanded to include the 2 cars that handle traffic accidents in the city to assist the patrol officers so they may work more effectively in their areas.
The bicycle patrol unit was formed in the summer of 1997 with the purpose in mind of addressing all "quality of life" issues throughout the City of St. George. The unit has become the spearhead of the department's COP efforts and works tirelessly to make sure that your public places-parks, trails, schools, shopping centers etc. remain free from crime and disorder. No matter what the task at hand may be, the bicycle patrol officers hold true to a preventive "No Broken Windows" enforcement philosophy.
School Resource Officers
The St. George Police Department has partnered with the Washington County School District and the City's of Ivins, Santa Clara and Washington to provide our secondary schools with police officers on a full time basis. This idea has grown from three officers in the local High Schools to include an officer in each middle school-8th and 9th grade-and intermediate school-6th and 7th grade- as well as an officer in Millcreek Alternative High School. Our officers are on campus during school hours and are regularly in attendance as sporting events and dances to provide a safe environment for our children. The school resource officers work diligently to prevent crime and disorder at our schools and provide students with a positive exposure to law enforcement. From time to time officers are used to teach portions of a government or civics class.
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.