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Police Officer Selection Process

New Candidate Orientation

The police officer background investigation process can take four-six months for completion.  The selection process follows the following steps:

  1. Fill out an initial job application online
  2. Upon completion of the initial application all applicants will receive a list of upcoming new candidate orientation dates. Applicants must RSVP to one orientation date
  3. Attend a new candidate orientation
  4. Complete online qualifications survey within 72 hours of new candidate orientation
  5. Applicant processing day
    1. Physical ability test
    2. Written examination
    3. Writing sample
    4. Applicant screening and document collection
    5. Fingerprinting
  6. Background investigation (criminal checks, references, employment, social media checks, etc.)
  7. Polygraph examination
  8. Medical and psychological evaluation
  9. Review and approval

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