There are seven steps to the application process:

Step 1 SquareOnline Application and Personal Qualifications Essay (PQE) written test

All applicants must complete the Online Application. You must complete BOTH sections, which will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. You MUST submit the Online Application and print a copy to bring with you to the written test.  For testing calendar click here.

The Personal Qualifications Essay (PQE) consists of essay questions related to judgment and decision making and behavioral flexibility. Your written communication skills will also be evaluated.  

 

Step 2 SquarePersonal 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.

The Physical Fitness Qualifier and Continuous Physical Preparation

In order to better prepare for the exam and the physical demands of the academy, you are required to attend the Candidate Advancement Program (CAP) and complete the Physical Fitness Qualifier (PFQ). You must complete the PFQ at least once prior to appointment.

The PFQ consists of four events: 1) maximum sit-ups in on minute, 2) 300-meter sprint, 3) maximum push-ups in one minute, and 4) 1.5 mile-run. This is the same physical fitness test that academy recruits take the third day of the Police Academy.

 

Step 3 Square

The Physical Fitness Qualifier (PFQ) and Candidate Advancement Program (CAP)

In order to better prepare for the exam and the physical demands of the academy, you are required to attend the Candidate Advancement Program (CAP) and complete the Physical Fitness Qualifier (PFQ). You must complete the PFQ at least once prior to appointment. Your goal is to score 50 or higher on the PFQ and you are encouraged to take it as many times as you like. If you are struggling to reach the goal of 50 you must attend CAP to get tips and training from our recruitment officers.

The PFQ consists of four events: 1) maximum sit-ups in on minute, 2) 300-meter sprint, 3) maximum push-ups in one minute, and 4) 1.5 mile-run. This is the same physical fitness test that recruit officers take the third day of the Police Academy.

The Academy Physical Training Program  is intense and demanding, the first physical fitness test occurs during the first week of the Academy. It is critical that candidates don't wait until they are in the Academy to get into good physical shape. It is recommended to begin a physical conditioning program as soon as you apply.

 

 

Polygraph Examination and Department Interview

The Polygraph Examination is conducted to confirm information obtained during the selection process.

The Department Interview will be conducted by a panel to assess your personal accomplishments, job motivation, instrumentality, interpersonal skills, continuous learning orientation, and oral communication skills. Only those candidates who pass this part of the process will receive a Conditional Job Offer.

 

 

Medical Evaluation

The Medical Evaluation is thorough and it is essential that you be in excellent health with no conditions which would restrict your ability to safely perform the essential functions of the Police Officer job. Good physical condition is necessary, as training in the Academy is rigorous. Failure to be in excellent physical condition may delay or disrupt training and result in a dismissal from the Academy.

 

 

Step 6 SquareField Investigation

The Field Investigation includes checks of employment, police, financial, education, and military records and interviews with family members, neighbors, supervisors, co-workers, and friends. You will be evaluated on your past behavior and the extent to which your behavior demonstrates positive traits that support your candidacy for Police Officer. The Field Investigation provides you the time and opportunity to get in shape for the Academy. You have very few active responsibilities during this step of the process, so we encourage you to attend as many CAP sessions as possible and to continue to take the Physical Fitness Qualifier. 

 

Number 7Psychological Evaluation

The Psychological Evaluation consists of an oral interview and evaluation by a City psychologist on factors related to successful performance in the difficult and stressful job of Police Officer. The information evaluated includes the written psychological tests along with information obtained in the background investigation process.

 

 


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