Criteria For Becoming a Law Enforcement Officer

Criteria for Becoming A Law Enforcement Officer

The basic law enforcement training lasts approximately 30 weeks and is based on a 40-hour week. Your time at the Academy is paid. The Academy classes are held at the Training Divisions in Carson City or Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment
  • Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of appointment

The Department of Public Safety has a moral and ethical obligation to select only the most qualified applicants for our law enforcement positions. Background investigations ensure that we select only those individuals of impeccable moral character and uncompromising integrity. You will not be appointed if any of the following applies to you:

  • Convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude.  For purposes of the application, moral turpitude refers to any conduct that is believed to be contrary to the community standards of honesty, justice, or good moral values. Also, a conviction includes probation, community supervision, or deferred adjudication.   
  • Resigned in lieu of termination or been terminated from any civil service employment for substantiated misconduct involving dishonesty. Note: For the purposes of the application, dishonesty includes untruthfulness; deception; misrepresentation; falsification; and dishonesty by admission or omission.
  • Have been notified that you failed a Department of Public Safety background process within the past 18 months or twice ever  
  • Convicted of a felony in the State of Nevada or convicted of a crime in another state which would be a felony if committed in Nevada  
  • Convicted of any offense involving the unlawful use, sale or possession of drugs, narcotics or illegal substances including marijuana  
  • Convicted of one D.U.I. within the last five years, or two D.U.I. convictions in a lifetime
  • Documented history of physical violence 
  • Used Schedule 1 controlled substances, excluding marijuana, within three years of the date of application including prescription drugs not prescribed to you.


You must be able to obtain a valid Nevada Class C driver's license and must have the ability to obtain both a radio operator's certificate and a radar operator's certificate.