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3402 - Career Ladder Promotions for Police Officers

Eligibility for Police Officer Promotions

Police Officers I and II who become eligible for career ladder promotions may receive those promotions after successfully completing length of service requirements, whether at Layton City or another similar police agency as determined by the Police Chief.

  1. The length of service requirement for a Police Officer I to be eligible for advancement to a Police Office II is two (2) years.

    Example 1.1: A new Police Officer is hired on July 1st with no experience as a Police Officer.  The new officer will begin employment as a Police Officer I and may be eligible for promotion to become a Police Officer II on July 1st two (2) years later.

    Example 1.2: A new Police Officer is hired on July 1st.  The new officer has been working for two (2) years as a Police Officer with another similar police agency.  When hiring on July 1st the officer will be given one (1) year of experience credit for the two (2) years of experience working as a Police Officer with another similar police agency.  The new officer will begin employment with Layton City as a Police Officer I and may be eligible for promotion to become a Police Officer II on July 1st one (1) year later.

  2. The length of service requirement for a Police Officer II to be eligible for advancement to a Police Officer III is three (3) additional years.

Example 2.1: A Police Officer I promoted to a Police Officer II on July 1st after working as an officer for two (2) years with Layton City.  The Police Officer II may be eligible for promotion to become a Police Officer III on July 1st three (3) years later.

Example 2.2: A new Police Officer is hired on July 1st.  The new officer has been working for six (6) years as a Police Officer with another similar police agency.  When hiring on July 1st the officer will be given three (3) years of experience credit for the six (6) years of experience working as a Police Officer with another similar police agency.  The new officer will begin their employment at Layton City as a Police Officer II and may be eligible for promotion to become a Police Officer III on July 1st two (2) years later.

The Police Chief has the right to deny a career ladder promotion to any employee if the Chief determines the employee's performance is not at a level sufficient to warrant a promotion.

At the time a Police Officer I or II meets all the requirements for a career ladder promotion, he/she must give written notice to the City.  The City shall not be responsible for any loss of pay due to the employee's failure to give written notice.  Said notice must be delivered to the Police Chief.

Master Officer Program

The City recognizes the talents and dedication of our police officers.  Through the Master Officer program, the City provides the potential for additional compensation to those who continue to advance their skills, knowledge, and professionalism through education, service to the department and community, and continual above average performance.

In order to participate, officers must submit a letter of application to the Chief of Police detailing their qualifications and explaining how they have met the eligibility requirements.  If approved, the eligible officers will receive a pay increase of 10%.  If the officer applying, and found eligible for the Master Officer position, is currently at the top of the salary range, then the officer will receive a one-time bonus of $1,000 after tax.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for the Master Officer Program, an applicant must satisfy the requirement associated with Track A, B, or C, after having met the following minimum requirements:

  1. A minimum of eight (8) years experience as a full time police officer.
    1. An above average annual evaluation score for the past three years or its functional equivalent.
  2. Must not be in a probationary status.  If an officer is on disciplinary probation they may not apply to become a Master Officer.  They will not be able to apply for the Master Officer program until the probationary period has ended, and the officer must wait until the beginning of the next fiscal year.

Example 3.1 - A Police Officer III is placed on probation for three (3) months from January 10 to April 10.  The Police Officer III meets the minimum of eight years and has an above average annual evaluation score for the past three years or its functional equivalent.  However, the Police Officer III would not be able to submit a letter of application to the Chief of Police until July 1 of that year.

Example 3.2 - A Police Officer III is placed on probation for one (1) year from July 31 to the following July 31.  The Police Officer III meets the minimum of eight years and has an above average annual evaluation score for the past three years or its functional equivalent.  However, the Police Officer III would not be able to submit a letter of application for the Chief of Police until July 1 following the year the Police Officer III is off probation.

Example 3.3 - A Police Officer III is placed on probation for one (1) year from January 15 to the following January 15.  The Police Officer III meets the minimum of eight years and has an above average annual evaluation score for the past three years or its functional equivalent.  However, the Police Officer III would not be able to submit a letter of application to the Chief of Police until July of the year the Police Officer III is off probation.

TRACK A - Bachelor's Degree and two of the following:

  • Specialty Assignment - currently in good standing or formerly completed and left in good standing.
  • Department Instructor Position which required advanced training.  Currently in good standing or formerly completed and left in good standing.
  • Field Training Officer (FTO) currently or formerly completed and left in good standing and having attended required training.
  • Experience as an O.I.C.
  • Fluent in a Foreign Language.
  • Active on a board or committee assignment related to law enforcement. (Chief's approval)
  • SWAT Officer and has attended basic SWAT school.
  • Specialized or Advanced Training classes including: Advanced Accident Investigation, Advanced Officer, Instructor Development, Interview and Interrogation, Verbal Judo, and others selected as qualifying.  (All specialized training would count as one bullet point, regardless of the number of classes taken.)

Example for Track A - If a Police Officer III meets the requirements listed above, has a Bachelor's Degree, is currently a Field Training Officer, and speaks fluent Spanish then the Police Officer III would be able to submit a letter of application to the Chief of Police detailing their qualifications and explaining how they have met the eligibility requirements.  If approved, the eligible officer will receive a 10% pay increase.

TRACK B - Associates Degree or equivalent of 60 semester credit hours and three of the following:

  • Specialty Assignment - currently in good standing or formerly completed and left in good standing.
  • Department Instructor Position which required advanced training.  Currently in good standing or formerly completed and left in good standing.
  • Field Training Officer (FTO) currently or formerly completed and left in good standing and having attended required training.
  • Experience as an O.I.C.
  • Fluent in a Foreign Language.
  • Active on a board or committee assignment related to law enforcement. (Chief's approval)
  • SWAT Officer and has attended basic SWAT school.
  • Specialized or Advanced Training classes including: Advanced Accident Investigation, Advanced Officer, Instructor Development, Interview and Interrogation, Verbal Judo, and others selected as qualifying.  (All specialized training would count as one bullet point, regardless of the number of classes taken.)

Example for Track B - If a Police Officer III meets the requirements listed above, has 60 credit hours, which is equivalent to an Associate's Degree, has been a School Resource Officer, is currently a K-9 handler, and has taken Advanced Officer, then the Police Officer III would be able to submit a letter of application to the Chief of Police detailing their qualifications and explaining how they have met the eligibility requirements.  If approved, the eligible officer will receive a 10% pay increase.

TRACK C - No degree, but four of the following:

  • Specialty Assignment - currently in good standing or formerly completed and left in good standing.
  • Department Instructor Position which required advanced training.  Currently in good standing or formerly completed and left in good standing.
  • Field Training Officer (FTO) currently or formerly completed and left in good standing and having attended required training.
  • Experience as an O.I.C.
  • Fluent in a Foreign Language.
  • Active on a board or committee assignment related to law enforcement. (Chief's approval)
  • SWAT Officer and has attended basic SWAT school.
  • Specialized or Advanced Training classes including: Advanced Accident Investigation, Advanced Officer, Instructor Development, Interview and Interrogation, Verbal Judo, and others selected as qualifying.  (All specialized training would count as one bullet point, regardless of the number of classes taken.)

Example for Track C - If a Police Officer III meets the eligibility requirements listed above, has no degree, is currently a Detective, is fluent in French, is a SWAT Officer, has attended basic SWAT school, and has taken Verbal Judo then the Police Officer III would be able to submit a letter of application to the Chief of Police detailing their qualifications and explaining how they have met the eligibility requirements.  If approved, the eligible officer will receive a 10% pay increase.

Eligibility for promotion will be officially verified by the  HR Division

Promotions should be scheduled to take effect on the first day of a pay period.


Enacted, 7/22/1993
Amended, 4/5/1995
Minor Edit, 12/18/2003
Amended, 2/13/2008, Previous Policy 3402
Amended, 6/3/2014, Previous Policy 3402
Amended, 11/17/2016, Previous Policy 3402