The Selection Process
The job announcement is made public.
Applicants are assembled and given an overview of the Police Division and the selection process. The background questionnaire is turned in at this time.
Step 1 - 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).
Step 2 - Background Interview / Polygraph
A background interview and polygraph test are 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.
Step 3 - Personal Interview
The application is reviewed in-depth with the applicant. The applicant may be disqualified or rejected at this phase.
Step 4 - 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, a written test, and a personal interview.
Step 5 - 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.
Step 6 - Senior Management Review and Selection
At this stage, candidates have achieved an overall high ranking and possess a favorable background. The candidate's application will undergo a Senior Management Review by the Deputy Commander of Professional Standards. Once completed the Professional Standards Branch Commander will select or non-select the applicant to further in the process.
Step 7 - Chief of Police Interview
During this interview, the Chief of Police makes his/her final selection or non-selection of the applicant for employment.
Applicants must attend and successfully complete every phase of the hiring process to be considered for employment.