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Police Officer Selection Process

New Candidate Orientation

The police officer background investigation process can take approximately four to six months. Applicants must complete two things in any order before moving forward in the selection process:

  1. Complete an interest card and attend an in-person or web-based orientation session.
  2. Pass the written multiple-choice test.
    Visit: www.nationaltestingnetwork.com to apply and select testing location.
    • As of June 24, 2016, any new applicant to the Metropolitan Police Department who is a resident of the District of Columbia will be reimbursed the total cost of the FrontLine National Exam within thirty days of taking the exam.

    • As of June 24, 2016, any new applicant to the Metropolitan Police Department who takes the FrontLine National Exam at any of the testing locations in the District of Columbia will be reimbursed $25 within thirty days of taking the exam.

Next Steps

  1. [eSoph] Complete Personal History Statement to begin the background investigation process (criminal checks, references, employment, social media checks, etc.)
  2. Once you have passed the written multiple-choice test, attended a web-based orientation, and completed your Personal History Statement (through eSOPH) you will be invited to attend an in person applicant mass processing day during which you will take part in the following events:
  3. Take a polygraph examination
  4. Submit to a medical and psychological evaluation
  5. MPD review and approval
     

Have any further questions/comments? Email helpdesk.oap@dc.gov

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