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Juneau Police Department
Entry Level Police Officer
Next Hiring Process in Juneau
March 11-13, 2015
Police Officer Pay and Benefits:
What itís like to be a JPD Police Officer:
Being a JPD Police Officer is an exciting career choice that offers individuals a chance to make a true difference for the City and Borough of Juneau. Most calls for service are handled by Patrol, which is divided into five teams that work a combination of 10 and 12 hour shifts. Staffing is geared toward peak times, which tends to be on weekend nights. Calls for service occur at a rate that allows officers to remain busy, but also has unallocated time where officers can engage in proactive policing techniques.
The CBJ has approximately 32,000 residents and is geographically isolated from other communities. The next larger communities are Anchorage at 500 miles to the Northwest, and Seattle at 900 miles to the South. As a result, JPD has to be more self-sufficient than most departments in the lower 48 states.
In addition to Patrol, officers have an excellent chance of working either a lateral assignment or being trained for a special ancillary duty. Lateral assignments include Investigations, Narcotics Enforcement, Airport Team, Down Town Walking/Bike Patrol and School Resource Officers. Ancillary duties include a SWAT Team, Crisis Negotiators, Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team, Accident Investigators, and many more.
Police Officer Hiring Process:
Each step in the hiring process needs to be completed before advancing to the next step.
Police Officer Training:
After being sworn in, newly hired officers typically receive 4-6 weeks of in-house training. This initial training covers Arrest Control Tactics, Less Lethal Systems, and Firearms Training to name a few. Initial training is designed to familiarize new officers with JPD practices before leaving for the Academy.
Entry level police officers are required to attend the State of Alaska, Department of Public Safety Training Academy held in Sitka. The Academy is 15 weeks long and runs twice a year, typically starting in February and August. The Academy is a live-in setting with dorm rooms and meals. The cost of the Academy is covered by JPD. Officers also receive a salary while attending the Academy.
After completing the Academy, officers begin Field Training. The Field Training program is 14 weeks long. Officers typically spend four weeks with three different FTOs, followed by a two week testing and evaluation phase. After completing Field Training officers are assigned to a patrol team.
Yearly training is an important aspect of maintaining skills. JPD officers are scheduled for 80 hours of annual training that covers a wide variety of topics. Officers working lateral assignments, or with specialty ancillary duties, receive additional annual training.