Becoming a Utah Police Officer

To seek employment as a Utah police officer, one must ensure that he or she fulfills all minimum requirements prior to submitting an application (listed below). If an individual meets the requirements listed by a department, they can apply and then follow the hiring process. Utah applicants must undergo both written and physical tests and also have extensive checks done into one’s background, and one or more interviews. If an individual is offered employment as a Utah officer, they can then attend a police academy training program. Once graduated from basic training at the police academy, a Utah cadet will then undergo training on the field under the direct supervision of a training officer. Those who satisfactorily complete all of this could then become a Utah police officer.

How to Become a Utah Police Officer

Utah requirements are extremely similar to what is outlined on the homepage: the average national requirements of police officers. An individual in Utah needs to be 21 years or older when they apply and take the first test in the hiring process. They need to be a legal citizen, have a state driver’s license, and have obtained their high school diploma or GED.

Salaries for Utah Police Officer Jobs

The general yearly salary of Utah police officers is around 44,000, which is competitive to the national average. Those wishing to make more may choose to further their education or earn promotions. A detective in Utah for instance can make around 56,000 a year, and police supervisors in Utah can make 64,000 a year. All of these numbers are state averages which means in actuality an officer of these ranks may make more or less depending on their education background, level of prior experience, and the geographic location in which they work and serve. Rural officers generally make less money than urban officers.

Utah Law Enforcement School Degrees

Although it is not required by every police department in Utah, having a college degree may be a wise choice following high school if you are looking to go into a law enforcement career. The list below shows educational institutions in Utah which provide criminal justice related programs. Even if it is not required, it may set you apart from other applicants and also may ensure a higher starting pay for those with a degree. Having a more specific area of study may make you even more desirable (such as forensics).

  • DeVry University

9350 South 150th East, SUite 420, Sandy, UT 84070


  • Dixie State College of Utah

225 South University Avenue, St. George, UT 84770


  • Eagle Gate College

5588 South Green Street, Murray, UT 84123


  • Everest College

3280 W 3500 Street, West Valley City, UT 84119


  • ITT Technical Institute

920 West Levoy Drive, Murray, UT 84123


  • Provo College

1450 W 820 North, Provo, UT 84601


  • Salt Lake Community College

4600 S Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84123


  • Snow College

150 East College Ave, Ephraim, UT 84627


  • Southern Utah University

351 West University Boulevard, Cedar City, UT 84720


  • Utah State University Eastern

451 East 400 North, Price, UT 84501


  • Utah Valley University

800 West University Parkway, Orem, UT 84058


  • Weber State University

3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, UT 84408


  • Westminster College

1840 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105