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Fairbanks Police Department - Entry Level Police Officer
Last updated on February 13, 2023
PST Partner Agency since April 21, 2020
Testing Deadline: December 31, 2023.
BACKGROUND PROCESS INFORMATION:
The Fairbanks Police Department background process is comprehensive. Those applicants selected to go into the background process are expected to be active participants. The portions of the background process that require applicant participation include:
- Applicant interview
- Written psychological test
- Interview with a Psychologist
- Physical Examination performed by an authorized medical provider
- Urineanalysis-Drug Screen
JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY:
The Recruit Police Officer position is responsible for the protection of life and property through enforcing statutes and laws; rendering emergency assistance to the public in a wide variety of situations; patrolling residential, rural, and business areas of the City; performing standard crime and accident prevention duties; apprehending criminals; serving arrest warrants; issuing citations for violations of City ordinances and State statutes; identifying and recovering stolen property; investigating traffic accidents and crimes; and deciding whether to arrest or not, as well as when to use force or firearms.
Shift assignments, which rotate, normally consist of patrol or traffic activities in a designated area of the City in a patrol car, other designated vehicles, or on foot. The work involves an element of personal danger, and employees must exercise individual judgment and discretion in meeting emergencies and enforcing ordinances and laws.
Experienced officers may be assigned to special duties with the Drug Investigation Unit, provide field training to new police officers, or occasionally perform duties at a higher level classification for training purposes. During probation, new officers are expected to apply formal classroom and on-the-job training experiences to actual work situations. As experience and training are gained, the degree of direct supervision will decrease.
Assignments and general or special instructions are received from a superior officer, who reviews work occasionally while it is being performed or through records, personal inspection, and discussions.
Recruit Police Officers will be required to attend a law enforcement academy in Anchorage or Sitka.
Candidates will be required to take the Physical Assessment Test (PAT) within 90 days of taking the written test. You will be invited to take the PAT with Fairbanks PD or this may be completed remotely if you score high enough on your written test. More information on the PAT requirements can be found here: https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/information-center/test-requirements-law-enforcement-officer-physical-ak
There are five events that test an applicant’s level of physical fitness.
The minimum acceptable standard for each event is as follows:
- 300 Meter Run = 77 seconds
- Vertical Jump = 14.0”
- Push-Ups = 21 repetitions
- One Minute Sit-Ups = 15 repetitions
- 1.5 mile run = 17 minutes, 17 seconds
Fairbanks is the largest city in the interior region of Alaska. 2018 estimates put the population of the city proper at 31,516, and the population of the Fairbanks North Star Borough at 96,849, making it the second most populous metropolitan area in Alaska (after Anchorage). The Metropolitan Statistical Area encompasses all of the Fairbanks North Star Borough and is the northernmost Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States, located 196 driving miles (or 140 air miles) south of the Arctic Circle.
Fairbanks is located within the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The borough's land area is slightly smaller than that of the state of New Jersey. The borough is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright Army Post and Eielson Air Force Base.
Below are some links to learn more about about Fairbanks and the surrounding areas.
University of Alaska at Fairbanks
Homes and Real Estate in the Fairbanks Area
The Fairbanks Police Department is a progressive, professional organization. Our mission is to serve the public with integrity, wisdom, courage, and compassion; working in partnership with the community to make Fairbanks a great place to live, work and visit. In order to provide the best possible service to the citizenry we serve, we will continuously strive to increase our knowledge and capabilities through a coordinated strategy integrating leadership, education, and technology.
The Fairbanks Police Department has an authorized strength of 51, which includes 45 sworn officers and six civilian support personnel. Our annual budget is $6.9 million.
The Fairbanks Police Department has several opportunities for lateral movement and promotion within the department. Some of those opportunities include: traffic team, interagency drug team, K-9 team, SWAT team, property crime Investigator, major crimes Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Deputy Chief.
The department leads the state in technological capabilities. Some of the technology we use include mobile data terminals with automatic mapping in all patrol vehicles, in-car and body cameras, a drone program, a computer and mobile phone forensic program, a lawful electronic intercept program, 3-D scene mapping, video enhancement and numerous other technical programs.
The vision of the Fairbanks Police Department is to inspire confidence, support, and pride through excellence in every contact.
The Fairbanks Police Department holds the following values:
Partnership: We are committed to working in partnership with the community and each other to identify and resolve issues which impact public safety.
Respect: We are committed to respecting individual rights, human dignity, and value of all members of the community and the department.
Integrity: We are committed to nurturing the public trust by holding ourselves accountable to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics.
Dedication: We are committed to providing the highest quality of professional law enforcement service to the community with the goal of enhancing the quality of life in Fairbanks.
Empowerment: We are committed to empowering our members and community to resolve problems by creating an environment that encourages solutions and addresses the needs of the community.
Population: 96, 849
# of Staff: 51
Fairbanks Police Department - Entry Level Police Officer has 14 vacancies.
The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is December 31, 2023.
The Fairbanks Police Department is actively testing and hiring recruit police officers.
Police Officer Recruit (Entry Level, Probationary year)
Salary Range: $26.08 hour – $32.30 hour
Police Officer (after 1st year probation)
- Salary Range: $34.00 hour/Step 1 – $49.54 hour/Step 20
The City of Fairbanks offers a complete benefits package to full-time employees including: Health care, Health Reimbursement Arrangement Plan (HRA), Flexible Spending Account, Dental care, Life Insurance, Long and short-term disability insurance options, pension, holidays, vacation, and deferred compensation plans.
Benefit packages are unique to each of our Union Contracts.
- Various work schedules available, including: 4/10 shifts per week, 3/4/4/3 12 hour shifts schedule
- Take home patrol car program
- PERS retirement plan (defined contribution based)
- Section 457 (tax deferred) investment plans
- Uniforms and equipment provided
- Uniform cleaning allowance: $65 per month
- $275 annual footwear allowance
- $150 annually for incidental purchases of duty equipment
- APSC certification incentive: $1250/year Intermediate, $2750/year Advanced
- Comprehensive health, dental, visual, audio and life insurance package covering employee and family members
- Section 125 Plan: Option to participate to pay for out of pocket health care expenses, child care, etc. are tax deferred.
- Holidays: 10 days per year
- Personal Leave: 160 hours per year (Years 1-2), 200 hours per year (Years 3-5), 240 hours per year (Over 5 years)
- Shift differential: Swing Shift 5% of base pay, Mid Shift 10% of base pay
- Presentation of duty weapon and badge upon retirement
Fairbanks Police Department - Entry Level Police Officer Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT)||
No, not required (may be required later)
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||Valid State of Alaska Driver's License|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||No adult felony convictions at any time.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||Not normally, but can be reviewed depending on circumstance.|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
Must possess normal color discrimination, binocular coordination, peripheral vision and corrected visual acuity of 20/30 or better in each eye.
|Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification||
|Prior Experience Requirement||
|Veterans Preference Points||Yes|
Candidates will be screened during the selection process at which time a determination will be made as to whether an applicant is in violation of the guidelines below. If a candidate is found to be in violation, then the person will have the option of having the tattoo or the visible portion thereof, removed at their own expense. If a candidate expresses a willingness to have this done, then their application will be placed on hold until the process is complete. Taking this action does not guarantee an applicant a position; he/she must successfully complete each phase of the process.
All employees, while on duty, are prohibited from:
Having any visible tattoos or body art on the head, face, neck or scalp. Any tattoos or body art on any of these areas will be covered by clothing.
Tattoos or body art that are gang related; that convey sexual, racial, religious, ethnic, or related intolerances; that promote a partisan political statement or expression; or that portray derogatory or offensive characterizations contrary to the values of this department.
Visible body piercing jewelry, including all facial and tongue piercings, with the exception of ear piercings for female employees.
Body Art -- shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
1.Tongue splitting or bifurcation
2.Complete or trans-dermal implantation of any objects other than hair replacement.
3.Abnormal shaping of ears, eyes, or nose.
4.Unnatural contact lens colors and hair colorations; or color variations that detract from a professional appearance.
5.Gauging or gradually increasing the radius of a surgically induced opening in the flesh in areas such as the earlobes or lips.
6.Branding or scarification.
7.Abnormal filing of teeth.
8.Dental ornamentation; including the use of gold, platinum, or other veneer cap for the purpose of ornamentation or application of designs, jewels or initials.
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We only consider the most recent score|
|Request/Access Scores||On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur|
Fairbanks Police Department - Entry Level Police Officer Disqualifiers
The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.
Fairbanks Police Department - Entry Level Police Officer
Fairbanks, AK 99701 Fairbanks North Star Borough County
Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: No, not required (may be required later)
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Out of State Lateral Police Officer
TESTING IN WASHINGTON STATE CANCELED THROUGH MAY 31, 2020
All pre-employment tests in Washington State have been canceled until May 31, 2020 unless government restrictions are eased. With recent updates, facility closures, and government guidelines, this step is necessary and could be modified at any time. The health and safety of our customers, our staff, and their families is of the highest priority.
We will continue to evaluate developments and make changes to this policy as necessary. When we do resume testing, there will be plenty of events for everyone to test. We are in regular communication with our public safety agency partners, assessing alternatives to the traditional testing model and our testing policies. Any future updates will be posted on the PST website and our Facebook page.
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FUTURE TEST REGISTRATION
We know that there will be testing in the future - we just don’t know when! We want you to be prepared for when testing begins again so we have created test events on our calendar that you can register for that will place you in a queue to be first notified. These tests are not “real” test events, they are essentially a holding area. You will be able to “reschedule” out of that event to any other event date/location at no cost. Registering now will also give you time to work on your Personal History Statement (PHS) so that your data will be ready and up-to-date to send to your departments once testing resumes.
To sign up for this placeholder event, select the June 15, 2020 test date in your category (police, fire, 911 dispatch, corrections, etc.).
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Law Enforcement & Corrections Written and Physical Ability Test
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