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The Police Hiring Process
Do you have a particular
police department in mind?
Let’s say you’re considering a police career with the
Baltimore Police Department.  You Google, Baltimore
Police Department application process, and the first
return is:
Hiring Process

Civil Service Test
Preliminary Interview
Background Investigation
Polygraph Examination
Psychological Examination
Physical Examination

and…

Minimum Qualifications

Must be a U.S. citizen
Posess a valid driver’s full license
Must be 20 years of age and 9 months upon
beginning the academy
Must have a high school diploma or GED
Must be able to pass an extensive background check
Some police department websites offer more
information than others.  Large police departments
are generally in a cycle of continual recruitment;
whereas, small police departments experience a
significantly lower rate of turnover.  The small police
department may only direct you to submit a
generalized application that covers all local
government employment.  If and when a police
position opens, your application will be on file.

Let’s break down the main components of the hiring
process:

Civil Service Test – In my opinion, the civil service
test is not that difficult.  If you have an average IQ,
and you received a reasonably good high school
education, this part of the hiring process should be
a mere formality.

However, I'm sure you've heard the phrase "famous
last words."

There is never any substitute for preparation.



Preliminary Interview – This is really important.  
You must be totally honest with the interviewers.  
You must not lie or obfuscate when answering any
questions put to you.  Remember, you’ll still have a
background investigation to get through.

Background Investigation - Here’s a list of
background check subjects listed on the Baltimore
County Police Department’s website:
Polygraph Examination – Some people really
freak out on this one.  As long as you haven’t
withheld important information during your
interview, you shouldn’t have any problems with the
polygraph examination.  You might like to
read
about my experience with the polygraph.  Believe
me; it’s all about the polygraph examiner.

Psychological Examination – No police
department wants to hire an individual with serious
psychological problems.  Again, as long as you’re a
reasonably well adjusted person, you won’t have a
problem.

Physical Examination – You’ll undergo a physical
examination by a physician designated by the police
department.  You should know going in if you have
a medical history which might disqualify you from
police employment.
This is a very clean and concise page with all the
important information to include:
Police Hiring
Process
Employment history
Criminal record and arrest history
Driving record
Credit history
Military history
Education
Personal references
Residential history
Polygraph examination
Psychological examination
Fingerprinting
17 self-help articles to aid you in the
police hiring process
Educational history

Employment history

Compliance with laws and regulations

Recent illegal substance use

Interpersonal and familial interactions

Financial difficulties

Self-perceived strengths and weaknesses

Reasons for wanting to work in a public
safety position

Professional goals

Psychologically relevant medical history
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"Some police department websites offer more
information than others.  Large police
departments are generally in a cycle of
continual recruitment; whereas, small police
departments experience a significantly lower
rate of turnover." ~ Barry M. Baker