The Tests

Physical Ability Testing


A Physical Ability Test is given to determine if the applicant is physically suited for a career in law enforcement. Physical training attire is required (shorts, t-shirt, sneakers). Be sure to bring any corrective lenses you may need for the vision test. (contact lenses or glasses).

Written Examination (Police Officer Selection Test)


A comprehensive examination is given that tests the applicant's ability in the following areas:
  • Grammar
  • Math
  • Reading comprehension

Personal Interview


The application is reviewed in depth with the applicant. The applicant may be disqualified or rejected at this phase.

Oral Interview Board


An oral interview panel evaluates each applicant based on their responses to set questions. By combining oral board scores with points from the personal interview, a final ranking of each applicant is made.

Background Interview/Polygraph


A background interview and polygraph test is given to each applicant to verify the accuracy and honesty of information provided on applications and during interviews. The background questionnaire is the "blueprint" for the line of questions asked during polygraph. Applicants under consideration must sign a conditional job offer prior to the polygraph. Polygraph results will not be used as the sole determinant of future employment in the division. Background investigations are also initiated at this time. Photographs and fingerprints are normally obtained at this point.

Psychological Testing


This is to determine if the applicant is psychologically suited for a career in law enforcement. This testing consists of two separate procedures, written test and personal interview.

Physical Examination


This is to determine if the applicant is physically suited for a career in law enforcement. This testing consists of two separate procedures conducted by a licensed physician and medical facility under contract with the city.