Step 3 – Personal History Statement (PHS)

Completion and submittal of a Personal History Statement (PHS) is the first step of the Background Investigation. The PHS requires compilation of extensive biographical information, fingerprinting, and an interview with a background investigator. The investigation will also include checks of employment, police, financial, education, and military records and interviews with family members, neighbors, supervisors, co-workers, and friends. If, based on the information obtained, it appears that you meet the City's background standards, a thorough field investigation will be conducted.

Get started by downloading the Release & Waiver.

Click here to submit your PHS.


Plain talk about this test part: Honesty is the best policy. Everyone has done things they're not proud of, but the worst possible action is to try to cover it up. Please take time to carefully evaluate your background and experiences before you get started.  View the Background Standards  to see what types of things might negatively impact your progress. 

Watch the PHS video, click here


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