UPD Police Officers perform a wide variety of police functions, including but not limited to: Crime repression, crime prevention, protection of personal liberties, and serve the citizens of Holladay, Kearns, Magna, Midvale, Millcreek, and unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County. Officers work a variety of hours including day, afternoon, or graveyard shifts, holidays, and weekends


UPD Pays on a bi-weekly pay cycle with 26 pay periods per year.

Experienced law enforcement officers (Laterals) will receive one-year credit for each year of completed service in a category one LEO capacity for purposes of pay.

Completed Years of Service UPD Equivalent Beginning Salary
0 completed years $30.27 per hour or $62,961 annually
1 completed year $31.10 per hour or $64,688 annually
2 completed years $32.84 per hour or $68,307 annually
3 completed years $33.74 per hour or $70,179 annually
4 completed years $35.62 per hour or $74,089 annually
5 completed years $36.60 per hour or $76,128 annually
6 completed years $38.64 per hour or $80,371 annually
7 completed years $39.71 per hour or $82,596 annually
8 completed years $41.92 per hour or $87,193 annually
9 completed years $43.07 per hour or $89,585 annually
10 completed years $45.47 per hour or $94,577 annually
11 completed years $46.72 per hour or $97,177 annually


  • Health Insurance: Providers are through Public Employees Health Plan (PEHP) (IMC and Uof U health plans)
  • Dental Insurance: Provider is Educators Mutual Insurance (EMI)
  • Life Insurance & LTD: Provider is Public Employees Health Plan (PEHP)

Vacation, Holiday & Sick Leave Accruals

  • Vacation / Holiday: Year 1 thru 8 = 192 hours annually (344 hour annual carryover maximum)
    Year 9 thru 16 = 240 hours annually (344 hour annual carryover maximum)
    Year 17 and above = 288 hours annually (344 hour annual carryover maximum)
  • Sick leave: 96 hours annually (unlimited accrual / no maximum)


  • Retirement: Utah Retirement Systems Public Safety Retirement (URS)
  • 401(k): UPD puts 6.2% of your pay into a 401(k) for each member, no matching contribution required
  • Tier II 401(k) contribution: UPD contributes up to an additional 5% into a 401(k) to help make up the difference between the Tier I and Tier II URS retirement plans. (**no match required)
Status URS Tier 1 UPD Contribution URS Tier 2 UPD Contribution 401k Contribution for Tier 2 (Difference rounded down to lowest whole #)
Sworn 32.20% 21.72% 5%

Tuition Reimbursement:

  • Upon successful completion of probation any classes taken from that point forward may have 100% of tuition costs reimbursed upon successful completion of the class(s) up to the annual maximum.
  • Must pass each class with a “C” grade or better
  • Annual Maximum reimbursement of $5,250 or a total of $21,000 per degree

Education Incentive Pay:

  • Master’s Degree = $75.00 per month
  • Bachelor’s Degree = $50.00 per month
  • Associates Degree = $25.00 per month

Take Home Vehicle:

  • Sworn members are assigned a “take home vehicle” which may be used for commuting to/from work or other authorized activity within 35 miles of the center of Salt Lake County (defined as 4748 S. 440 W.) No additional fee is charged for the use of the “take home vehicle.”
  • Members are allowed “reasonable personal use” of their take home vehicle within Salt Lake County. (*supplemental insurance coverage is required)
  • Members who reside outside of Salt Lake County are not authorized for off duty personal use.


After your initial 2.5years of service in a patrol assignment you will be eligible to submit a transfer request to any patrol precinct or specialty assignment with the UPD. The UPD is comprised of the following 6 patrol precincts:

  • Kearns Precinct 38 Officers & Detectives
  • Magna Precinct 35 Officers & Detectives
  • Midvale Precinct 47 Officers & Detectives
  • Millcreek Precinct 46 Officers & Detectives
  • Holladay Precinct 24 Officers & Detectives

Each patrol precinct houses an investigative squad which contains:

  • Property Crimes Detectives
  • Community Oriented Policing Detectives
  • School Resource Officers
  • Traffic Officers

In addition to the patrol precincts the UPD has several specialized divisions including: Special Operations

  • Canyon Patrol 19 Officers
  • K9 5 Officers
  • SWAT (4 Full-Time Officers, 40 Secondary Assignments

Investigations Division:

  • Violent Crimes Unit 9 Detectives
  • Major Crimes Unit 6 Detectives
  • Special Victims Unit 10 Detectives
  • Narcotics Unit /DEA/JTTF 2 Detectives
  • Metro Gang Unit 5 Detectives
  • Narcotics Diversion Unit 6 Detectives

Professional Standards

  • Training Officer 2 Officers

Technical Services

  • Fleet Coordinator 1 Officer

Testing Process

Application Evaluation

Each application will be evaluated for minimum eligibility requirements to include:

  • US Citizen
  • 21 years of age
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Valid Utah Driver’s License
  • No disqualifying criminal history or drug use
Physical Fitness exam (No Waivers) (Entry Level Police Officer Applicants Only)
  • Vertical jump (15 inches)
  • Pushups (16 Reps – Maximum repetitions with no time constraint and no rest period)
  • Sit ups (25 Reps – One minute)
  • 1.5 mile run (15.37)
Oral Interviews

Applicants will be asked to respond to a series of scenario and behavioral questions designed to assess their ability to be successful in their position.


As openings become available, applicants, based on final ranking, will be invited to the remainder of the hiring process which includes a thorough and extensive background investigation. The investigation includes, but is not limited to, past work history, a criminal history check, a credit history check, and a polygraph examination (Non-Lateral Candidates only).

National Peace Officer Selection Test (NPOST)

General Information

In January 1997, the POST Council directed the POST staff to develop a process that would assure that individuals entering Law Enforcement have adequate reading, writing, and mathematical skills. Therefore, upon the direction of POST Council, and effective January 1997, anyone applying for the academy must pass an entrance exam.

Out of State Canidates must come to Utah to take the N.P.O.S.T. at one of the test sites and turn in their scores, as well. The Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake does not offer this test. The N.P.O.S.T. consists of four timed sections: math, reading comprehension, grammar and incident report writing.

The math component consists of 20 questions, which are to be completed in 20 minutes. This section does not have any scientific math questions (algebraic or geometry); the questions consist of general math and financial math equations.

The reading comprehension section consists of 25 questions, which are to be completed in 25 minutes. This section requires the candidate to read a series of short essays and then choose the best answer(s) based on the information contained in the short essays.

The grammar section consists of 20 questions, which are to be completed in 15 minutes. This section requires the candidate read several sentences and paragraphs, all of which contain misspelled words and improper punctuation. The candidate is required to identify the misspelled words and improper punctuation.

The incident report writing section consists of 10 questions, which are to be completed in 15 minutes. The candidates are tested on their ability to write a clear and concise report based on facts they are given. Grammar and punctuation are tested in this section as well.

Since the N.P.O.S.T. is not administered all day, every day, all candidates are urged to call the testing center they will be taking the test at, in advance, to verify the dates and times the test will be administered.

Where can I take the Utah National Peace Officer Selection Test (Utah N.P.O.S.T.)?

The entrance exam is administered by the agencies listed below. Scoring is provided through Standard & Associates, Inc., in order to maintain the integrity of the exam and allow POST a means to verify the completion of the testing requirement.

The exam may be taken at any of the following testing sites. A fee may be assessed and government or state picture identification is necessary. (Photo ID) Below are the approved testing sites:

Wendy Glover
1301 North 600 West Logan, UT 84321
Phone: (435) 750-3188
Fax: (435) 750-3046
Testing: April – October -Contact Wendy for specific dates and an appointment for testing.

Cathrin Alei
451 East 400 North Price, UT 84501
Phone: (435) 613-5325

Shirley Clark
639 West 100 South Blanding, UT 84511
Phone: (435) 678-8171

Julie Wood, Assessment Technician
Marie Sherwood, Assessment Clerk
550 East 300 South Kaysville, UT 84037
Phone: (801) 593-2361 or (801) 593-2336
Testing: Monday 7:45 to 2:30, Tuesday 7:45 to 4:30 & Thursday 7:45 to 11:30
On a walk-in basis during testing hours.
Fee $30 Requires Picture I.D. is REQUIRED

Shannon Pulley
North Plaza Building, 1000 E. 100 S., St. George, UT (East entrance)

Phone: (435) 652-7667
Fax: (435) 656-4016
Testing: Please call for an appointment. Cost: $50
For testing center closed dates please go to- dixie.edu/testing

Rosie Summerhays
1575 South State Street, Room 2-153, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Phone: (801) 957-3257 (automated line)
Phone (801) 957-3267 (testing center)
Fax: (801) 997-3332
Testing: Every Tuesday and Wednesday (except Federal/State holidays or college closures) starting at 5:45pm.
Fee: $30. Must have current government-issued photo ID. For more information, please visit us atwww.slcc.edu/sat/testing-services/post.aspx ** Please pay on the first floor at the ID Center or Info Center, then come up to the 2nd floor to room 2-153 to test before 5:40 p.m. on scheduled days **

9750 South 300 West, MFEC Room#238, Sandy, UT 84070
Proctor Station (801) 957-5221
Testing: 24 hours in-advance scheduling. Monday – Friday 7:00am – 1:30pm & first Saturday of the month 8:00am – 12:00pm.
Please pay at cashiering office at the Miller Conference Center prior to testing.

Tony Salso, Testing Coordinator
Phone: (435) 865-8113
351 West University Blvd., ELC110, Cedar City, UT 84720
POST testing is administered on the 4th Tuesday of the month, except for holidays. Other testing times can be arranged.
Please email for a testing appointment- salsoa@suu.edu

Wayne Embelton
1100 E Lagoon Street (124-5) Roosevelt, UT 84066
Phone: (435) 722-4523
Fax: (435) 722-5804
Testing: Contact testing center for appointment.
Open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Phone: (801) 863-8269
Fax: (801) 764-7076
Call for appointment to test.

1112 University Circle Ogden, UT 84408-1112
Phone: (801) 626-6803
Fax: (801) 626-7812
Testing: Wednesdays at 2:00 & 6:00 Call for specific information.

Since the Utah N.P.O.S.T. is not administered each day, candidates are urged to call the testing center they would like to take the test at, in advance, to schedule a test date and time.

The Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake does not offer the Utah N.P.O.S.T.

Is there a study guide available for the Utah N.P.O.S.T.?

Yes. A study guide for the Utah N.P.O.S.T. is available for purchase for approximately $6.00 at the following Salt Lake Community College Bookstores.

  • Jordan Campus Bookstore: (801) 957-2620
  • Redwood Campus Bookstore: (801) 957-4045
  • Sandy Campus Bookstore: (801) 957-3726
  • South City Campus Bookstore: (801) 957-3329

All candidates are urged to call the bookstore they would like to purchase a study guide at, in advance, to verify they have the guide in stock and available for purchase.

How and when will I receive my NPOST results?

Each testing center has to send each National Police Officer Selection Test by mail to Stanards and Associates, Inc. (NPOST creator) for scoring. The incident report writing section of the test is scored by hand. Stanard and Associates, Inc. scores the test. Once scored the testing facility is contacted with the results at which time they will mail or email you a copy. Each testing facility may have a standard process on how they distribute test results. It may take approximately 4 weeks to receive your test results.

Can my NPOST results be expedited to meet your application deadline?

It all depends on when your testing facility receives the results. Generally, it takes three (3) weeks to receive your results. You are encouraged to contact your testing center directly to determine the status of when you should anticipate your results.

Can I retake the Utah NPOST if I do not pass or would like to try for a better score?

Yes. There are there alternate versions of the NPOST test: A, B, and C. You may not retake the same version of the test until sixty days have lapsed. In addition, you may only test twice on the same version within a 12-month period. If you wish to retest sooner, you are eligible to take one of the two remaining versions of the exam (Example: You attempt and fail exam A, you can attempt to pass exams B or C within the sixty-day timeframe). You may retest at any time after your original test on an alternate version. Please note that the same retest guidelines apply to each version of the examination – sixty days before retesting on the same version and only twice per calendar year on the same version.

If I retake the exam and get a lower score which scores may I use?

You may submit your results with your best score. We do not need to use your most recent score.

I am an out-of-state candidate do I need to come to Utah to take the NPOST?

Yes. Unfortunately, we do not allow this exam to be proctored or administered in another state.

I am an out-of-state candidate and have current or prior law enforcement experience. Am I required to take the NPOST?

No. Lateral candidates from out of state do not have to take or provide the NPOST test results, as long as they qualify as a Lateral Police Officer with 1 year of full time experience as a police officer.

I noticed how you mentioned the NPOST results never expire. Where can I get a copy of my results if I no longer have them on file?

You may contact the testing facility where you originally completed the exam to see if they may assist you. Should they not have them on file you may contact Stanard and Associates, Inc. at (800) 367-6919.