You do not need to live in the City of La Vista to be an officer at LVPD. You can live anywhere in the surrounding area.
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Qualified applicants will have a high school diploma or GED; some college preferred. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by graduation from the Police Academy, possess a valid driver’s license by hire date, a U.S citizen, no felony convictions, or a dishonorable discharge from military service.
Applications can be obtained online at cityoflavista.org, click on jobs.
The hiring process time frame varies but could take up to six months. The hiring process is as follows:
Step 1: Online Application
Step 2: Personal History Statement
Step 3: Physical Fitness and Written Test
Step 4: Background Investigation
Step 5: Police Panel Interview
Step 6: Civil Service Interview
Step 7: Conditional Offer which includes Polygraph, Psychological, and Medical Evaluation
The LVPD utilizes the Cooper Institute Fitness Test for law enforcement. The assessment measures health related components to fitness. The testing standards are age and gender specific. The LVPD minimum standard for successful completion of the Physical Agility Test is a 40% level, with a required finish in all events. The Five Foot Agility Wall Climb and Dummy Drag are pass/fail and not included in the Cooper Test scoring. Cooper Standards Course: To pass, you must successfully get over the Five Foot Wall, complete the Dummy Drag in the allotted time, and score at least 40% in the Cooper activities, with at least one point in each. Go to the “Selection Process” tab for more information.
Five Foot Agility Wall Climb
1 Minute Sit-Up
1 Minute Push-Up
300 Meter Run
1.5 Mile Run
Officers work 12-hour, day or nighttime shifts with a three-day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) weekend every other weekend. Officers bid a year in advance for their shifts.
Applicants will be offered the minimum base salary of $60,133 and with experience will earn increases to a maximum base salary of $85,738.
The Sarpy Douglas Law Enforcement Academy is a 20-week program held in the Sarpy County area. The SDLEA runs Monday through Friday. It consists of classroom work, firearms, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operation, and physical fitness training.
Recruit and lateral officers are required to successfully complete the Field Training Program. The training period for lateral officers may be modified depending on their demonstrated performance and level of experience. Upon successful graduation of the Police Academy, recruits will complete the entire Field Training and Evaluation Program. The FTO Program is divided into four phases covering a period of 16-weeks.