Drug Task Force
"The mission of the Washington County Drug Task Force, through the combined efforts of local, state, and federal agencies, is to protect the citizens of Washington County Utah from, and educate them about, individuals involved in drug crimes. Washington County Drug Task Force will do this by identifying, developing intelligence on, investigating, arresting, sharing information about, and aiding in the prosecution of individuals involved in such crime."
A Task Force is a group of people brought together and assigned to address problems in a certain area. This group of people are considered specialist in have expertise that they can contribute to solve whatever problem the Task Force is assigned to address. The Washington County Drug Task Force is made up of individuals from multiple agencies assigned to address the problems of drugs in Washington County.
The Task Force Board of Directors is made up of representatives (usually the Agency head) of each agency involved in and contributing to the Task Force with the Chairman of the board being the Washington County Attorney.
The supervisors of the Task Force are approved by the board. There are two Sergeants that supervise the Task Force, Sergeant Jared Parry from St. George Police Department and Sergeant Jeff Bailey from Washington County Sheriff's Office.
In addition to these two Sergeants, there are 11 detectives whose main case load deals with illegal drug trafficking in Washington County. These detectives are assigned from St. George PD, Washington County SO, Washington City PD, Ivins PD, Hurricane PD, and AP&P. Some of the detectives specialize in certain areas; for example, we have one detective assigned as our K-9 handler and one assigned as a DEA Task Force Officer to handle federal drug charges.
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.