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Selection Process
Recruit Selection
A police officer position requires a comprehensive testing process including written and physical exams. Testing for the officer eligibility list is normally several times a year and is by invitation only from among applications received. Once scheduled, applicants can expect the testing process to occur in a single day.

Written Exam
The written exam is a standard entry level police officer selection exam. The exam is comprised of four components: arithmetic, reading comprehension, spelling/grammar, and report writing. The exam is timed and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. No prior law enforcement experience is needed to complete the exam.

Clerical Exam
The clerical exam includes: typing, alphabetizing, numerical comparisons, and spelling/grammar. All exams are timed.

Physical Exam
The location of this exam is dependent upon weather. The physical exam includes: 
  • 25 sit-ups completed within one minute 
  • 25 push-ups completed within one minute 
  • 100 yard dash completed within 15 seconds
  • One mile run completed within 10 minutes

Oral Board Review
The oral board consists of a four member panel. This panel asks applicants questions related to a law enforcement career.

Upon completion, the oral board panel will make recommendations to either continue or not continue with the process based on the interview. Applicants who are recommended to continue will be ranked based on a variety of factors. Some of the factors considered are the scores the applicant received during the testing process as well as his or her P.O.S.T. certification status, law enforcement experience, education and military service. The highest ranking applicants will continue into background checks.