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Hiring Process

In order to join our ranks, you must be prepared to go through a very challenging and complex hiring process.  The process is difficult, as it is intended to be.  We strive to find only those applicants who possess a strong work ethic, have high moral character, are resolute in their honesty and integrity, and have a sincere desire to serve their community.  Only the best applicants are successful and we want you to be one of them.

Written Entrance Exam

During the exam, applicants will complete the National Police Select Test, a personal history questionnaire, and personal inventory questionnaire geared toward law enforcement personnel.

Applicants may order, download, or take practice tests at: http://www.fpsi.com/police-applicant-test-preparation/

A score of 75% is required to pass the entrance exam.

Oral Interview

An oral interview with representatives from the police department will allow for an opportunity for personal contact with the applicant. The interview allows the police representatives to evaluate the applicant’s communication skills and judgment.

A score of 70% is required to pass the oral interview.

Pre-Hire Screening

Applicants who pass the oral interview will be scheduled to attend a pre-hire screening session. During that time, the department’s Administrative Sergeant will review the results of the personal history questionnaire, the personal inventory, the criminal history, and the credit history with the applicant. The completed background investigative packet along with the applicants official high school and post-secondary transcripts will also be reviewed.

Background Investigation

Qualified applicants are investigated as to their character and reputation. The applicants present and previous employers will be contacted for information regarding the applicants work history. The background investigation also includes a thorough check into the applicants police and driving records. If the applicant successfully passes the background investigation, he or she is placed on an eligibility list for a period of two years. 

Conditional Offer of Employment

Those applicants selected by the chief of police for hire to receive a conditional offer of employment must  successfully complete a physical fitness assessment, polygraph examination, psychological examination, a medical examination, and a national fingerprint search.

  • Physical Fitness Assessment:  The applicant shall pass a physical fitness assessment to demonstrate the possession of physical skills necessary to accomplish the duties and functions of a peace officer. The test consists of the following requirements:

    1 1/2 mile run in 14 minutes 54 seconds
    300 meter dash in 66 seconds
    29 sit-ups in 60 seconds
    27 push-ups in 60 seconds  
  • Polygraph Examination: Applicants shall submit to a polygraph examination to verify the accuracy of the candidates application and that the applicants oral statements are truthful.   
  • Psychological Examination: Applicants shall take a combination of written psychological tests and participate in an oral interview given by a licensed psychiatrist provided by the City to determine that the applicant is free from any emotional or mental condition that might adversely affect the performance of a peace officers duties. 
  • Medical Examination: Applicants shall submit to a thorough medical examination by a licensed physician provided by the City to determine that the applicant is free from any physical condition that might adversely affect the performance of a peace officers duties. 

Full Offer of Employment

Applicants who successfully complete all parts of the conditional offer phase are then given a full offer of employment. 

Elimination from the Hiring Process

Candidates who are eliminated from the hiring process will be allowed to re-enter the process based on the following guidelines:

 

Reason for Elimination  Waiting Period
Written Exam  None
Oral Interview  None
Pre-Hire Screening  One year
Background investigation  One year
Conditional Offer  One year or recommended wait time by physician