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Certified Police Officer

City of Box Elder

Job Title: Certified Police Officer

Opening Date: Position Open Until Filled

Pay Range: $39,170.59 – $53,436.24 Annually


The Box Elder Police Department is seeking a motivated and hard-working individual with a law enforcement certification for the position of Police Officer. This position is responsible for the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws and the protection of life and property.

Box Elder Police Officers work 8 hour shifts, 5 days per week on a varying schedule that rotates every 2-4 months. Officers patrol the City, respond to calls for service, conduct investigations, enforce traffic laws, conduct code enforcement, arrest offenders, provide assistance to other emergency service providers and engage the community and its members in a positive, professional manner.

The testing portion of this process will take place in early-May.


Education: High School diploma or G.E.D.

Age: Candidates must be 21 years of age.

Criminal History: No felony or domestic violence conviction.

License: Valid South Dakota driver’s license upon 90 days of residence in the state.

Certification: It is preferred, but not required, that applicants hold a current law enforcement certification in South Dakota or have the ability to transfer another state’s certification through the reciprocity process.


Applicants that meet the above listed requirements will be invited to take a written exam. Candidates that successfully complete the exam will be invited for an interview which will determine eligibility for a conditional offer of employment.


A candidate receiving a conditional offer of employment will undergo a background investigation, psychological evaluation, physical examination and drug screening.


Submit a complete application, cover/introduction letter, and resume to the following address:

City of Box Elder
Personnel Department
420 Villa Drive
Box Elder, SD 57719 

Please note: Incomplete application packets will not be considered. Resumes are required and are not reviewed in lieu of your application; therefore, ensure your application is complete.


Ten (10) days’ vacation (for the first year, increase based on years of service); Fifteen (15) days of sick leave; ten paid holidays; Employee Health (includes Dental) and employee Life Insurance; Short Term Disability; Long Term Disability and Retirement benefits; Social Security contributions; other optional benefits. PROBATION: An established probationary period must be satisfactorily served by each employee. NOTE: When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made for an “otherwise qualified applicant” with a disability to participate in any phase of the selection process.

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