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Reserve Police Officer Selection Process

New Candidate Orientation
Mass Processing - PAT
Writing Sample
Background Screening

The reserve police officer background investigation process can take four-six months for completion; however, typically there is only one academy class in the Spring.  Attending orientation and getting yourself in the process early is a important step.  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 and in person interview
  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


Have any further questions/comments? Email mpd.reserves@dc.gov