Utah Department of Public Safety

POST - Do You Qualify?

There are standards that need to be met to qualify to be a Peace Officer in the State of Utah. Below is a list of legal requirements and also disqualifiers to be aware of.

The following conditions WILL disqualify you from being accepted into any law enforcement training academy or become employed, in a sworn position, with any public safety agency within the State of Utah:

  • Non-U.S. Citizen
  • Falsification of POST application
  • Felony conviction - Exceptions: Felony convictions as a minor may be considered, but are not an automatic disqualifier

The following conditions MAY disqualify you from being accepted into any law enforcement training academy or become employed, in a sworn capacity, with any agency within the State of Utah:

  • Conviction or involvement in misdemeanor crimes concerning drugs/controlled substances. Requires a two (2) to five (5) year waiting period from date of conviction or involvement depending on the type of drug/controlled substances involved. (Note: a common question asked POST is "Do I need to report using someone else's prescription drugs when submitting an application to POST for training? The answer is Yes. Please refer to UT Code Annotated 58-37-8).
  • Misdemeanor crimes of dishonesty, unlawful sexual conduct, and physical violence. Requires a four (4) year waiting period from date of conviction or involvement.
  • Misdemeanor conviction for DUI (1st offense) or other crime pled down from original DUI charge. Requires a two (2) year waiting period from date of conviction.
  • Less than honorable discharge from the military.
  • Convictions of minor crimes, other than traffic violations, may require a one (1) year wait depending upon crime and severity.

For more detail on the legal requirements and disqualifies click on the links below.

[Last Update -04/23/13 Tuesday, 23-Apr-2013 13:24:45 MDT]