Utah Department of Public Safety

POST - Do You Qualify?

Legal Requirements

Utah Code Ann. § 53-6-203 outlines the requirements for admission to basic law enforcement training programs.

(a) The applicant shall be a United States citizen.
(b) The applicant shall be at least 21 years old at the time of appointment as a peace officer.
(c) A criminal history background check of local, state, and national criminal history files shall be searched to determine if the applicant has a criminal record.
(d) The applicant may not have been convicted of a crime for which the applicant could have been punished by imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or by imprisonment in the penitentiary of this or another state.
(e) Conviction of any offense, not serious enough to be subject to (d) above, involving dishonesty, unlawful sexual conduct, physical violence, or the unlawful use, sale, or possession for sale of a controlled substance is an indication that an applicant may not be of good moral character and may be grounds for denial of admission to a training program or refusal to take a certification examination.

(i) Notwithstanding Utah Code Ann. § 77-18, regarding expungements, or a similar statute or rule of any other jurisdiction, any conviction obtained in this state or other jurisdiction may be considered for purposes of this section.
(ii) In this section, "conviction" includes a conviction which has been expunged, dismissed, or treated in a similar manner to either of these procedures.
(iii) This provision applies to convictions entered both before and after the effective date of this section.

(f) The applicant shall be a high school graduate or shall furnish evidence or successful completion of an examination indicating an equivalent achievement.
(g) The applicant shall demonstrate good moral character, as determined by a background investigation, which may include consideration of offenses expunged under Utah Code Ann. § 77-18.
(h) The applicant shall be free of any physical, emotional, or mental conditions that might affect adversely the performance of duty as a peace officer, as determined through a selection process by the employing agency.


POST's Policy and Procedures addresses convictions or involvement in criminal offenses.
l. If the applicant has been convicted of a felony, they will not be accepted into law enforcement training.
2. If applicants conviction or involvement is for a misdemeanor, they may not be accepted. However, POST will examine individual records once the applicant furnishes all documentation including police reports, court dockets and a detailed written letter of explanation from the applicant on the circumstances of the arrest.
3. This documentation will only be considered after the appropriate waiting period.
4. The waiting period is four years from the date of conviction or involvement for crimes of dishonesty, unlawful sexual conduct or physical violence. The use, conviction or possession of unlawful controlled substances requires a two or five year wait depending on the type of substances that were involved.
5. If after reviewing Utah Code Ann. § 53-6-203 applicants find they do not meet one or more of the requirements, do not proceed with this application. Applicants with questions as to whether or not they meet the POST requirements should contact the Bureau Chief over Investigations before proceeding.

[Last Update - Friday, 08-Mar-2013 16:26:22 MST]