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Juneau Police Department

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Sgt. Chris Burke Dpt Chief Ed Mercer Ofc Stever Scherrer
Sgt. Chris Burke Chief Ed Mercer Ofc. Steve Scherrer

Sergeant Burke, Chief Mercer, and Officer Scherrer are all successful JPD officers that started their careers with other agencies.  Do you have the training and experience to join these fine officers in serving the citizens and visitors of Alaska's Capital City?


Lateral Police Officer


The Lateral Hiring Process is on going.

Please contact JPD at (907) 500-0676 for details.

Police Officer Pay and Benefits:

  1. Starting pay $31.83 - $35.80 per hour based on experience.
    1. 2 years - $31.83 per hour
    2. 3 years - $32.95 per hour
    3. 4 years - $34.08 per hour
    4. 5 years - $35.28 per hour
    5. 6 years or more - $36.52 per hour
  2. Yearly Base Starting Range $66,198 to $75,958
  3. Shift Differential, Holiday Pay, and Overtime eligible
  4. Family Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance
  5. Paid Leave and 12 paid holidays
  6. State of Alaska Retirement, PERS Tier 4

Lateral Officer Hiring Requirements:

To qualify as a lateral applicant, officers must be able to meet the following selections criteria:

Alaska Lateral Applicants:

  1. Serve within any police/law enforcement agency within the State.
  2. Cumulative related service in Alaska must include a minimum of two years of uniformed patrol as a commissioned law enforcement officer (DPS Academy Certified)
  3. And, validated evidence of successful completion of a related training academy certified by the appropriate state, federal or local regulatory or oversight agency.

Outside Lateral Applicants:

  1. Service in a city of at least 5,000 population, as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Or, service in a city that is part of a Metropolitan Area with at least 25,000 population as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
  2. Cumulative related service must include a minimum of two years of uniformed patrol duty as a commissioned law enforcement officer,
  3. And, validated evidence of successful completion of a related training academy certified by the appropriate state, federal or local regulatory or oversight agency.

"Good Standing” - A current or former Police Officer who may be employed or re-employed to a full service Police Department. This includes currently employed Police Officers who are able to discharge all their duties without any administrative, mental, or disciplinary hindrance. In addition, before retirement, was authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of any person for, any violation of law, and had statutory powers of arrest. This does not include Police Officers who resigned in lieu of discipline or that may have led to discipline.

NOTE: Military Police, Detention/Correction Officer, Reserve Officer, Park Ranger/Park Police, Capital Police, Detention/Jail/Court Security Sheriff’s Deputy or Marshall, Special District Police, Railroad Police, Village Public Safety Officer, and federal law enforcement personnel will NOT be considered as previous related experience.

Lateral Officer Hiring Process:

The lateral officer hiring process differs from the entry level process in two ways. First, lateral officers do not take the initial officer testing through Public Safety Testing. Lateral officers submit a resume and application as the first step. If the lateral applicant meets the lateral requirements, they are invited to proceed with the testing process.

Second, the remaining steps of the testing process are the same, but the timeline is accelerated. This is due to the fact that lateral officers do not have to attend the full Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy.

Each step in the hiring process needs to be completed before advancing to the next step.


  1. Submit an application and resume to the CBJ.
  2. Physical Test. See Fitness Standards page for details.
  3. Oral Boards. Complete set questions by a panel of three JPD supervisors.
  4. Complete the Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) and Suitability Assessment Rating (SAR) paperwork.
  5. Pass a detailed background investigation. A typical background takes approximately four weeks to complete.
  6. Polygraph examination.
  7. Complete final psychological paperwork and interview with psychologist.

Lateral Officer Training:

After being sworn in, newly hired lateral officers receive in-house training to prepare them for field training. This process varies but it typically takes 4-6 weeks. Initial training covers topics of Arrest Control Tactics, Less Lethal Systems, Firearms Training, Laws of Arrest, and Search and Seizure to name a few. Initial training is designed to prepare the lateral officer for field training.

The Field Training program is 14 weeks long. Officers typically spend four weeks with three different FTOs, followed by a two week plain clothes 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.

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