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City of Oklahoma City

Recruiting

The Oklahoma City Police Department offers rewarding law enforcement careers to men and women interested in becoming Police Officers.

The Oklahoma City Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Download an application packet which includes the information on this page plus an application form.

Download Oklahoma City Police Department Recruiting FAQ.

Requirements

*Preference is given to applicants that have 60 or more college credit hours or military service.

How to become an Oklahoma City Police Officer

The goal of the Oklahoma City Police Department is to select the best possible applicants for employment. Therefore, advancement through the application process is based on each applicant’s abilities and competitive attributes.

How to apply

Applications can be downloaded from the internet or picked up at any of the following locations:

Police Training Facility
800 N. Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Oklahoma City Police Headquarters
701 Colcord Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Hefner Briefing Station
3924 N. W. 122nd St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

Will Rogers Briefing Station
3112 N. Grand Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Santa Fe Briefing Station
9000 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73139

Springlake Briefing Station
4014 N. Prospect Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

After completing the application, you may drop off the application packet and a copy of your driver’s license at any of the above listed locations or mail the packet and a copy of your driver’s license to:

Oklahoma City Police Department
Attention: Recruiting Unit

800 N. Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Applications are accepted year round. All applications are considered active for one year unless the applicant withdraws from the hiring process. If at any time there are changes to an applicant’s personal information it is the applicant’s responsibility to notify the Recruiting Unit of those changes in a timely manner. Applicants also have the responsibility to notify the Recruiting Unit if they wish to withdraw from the process.

Steps in the application process

Physical Fitness Evaluation

Applicants will participate in a series of strength-related exercises and timed running events. Failure to achieve the required fitness level in any category will result in disqualification from further processing at that time. Applicants who fail are allowed to retest after six months. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the Recruiting Unit to be rescheduled for testing purposes after the six month deferral period.

Current Fitness Standards

Assessment Time / Repetitions
Sit Up 27 in 1 minute
300 Meter 68 seconds
Standard Push Up 18 (no time limit)
1.5 mile run 15 minutes 20 seconds (This is a run – no walking allowed!)

Aptitude Test

Applicants must pass the aptitude test with a minimum score of 70%.

This timed exam covers five areas:

Applicants who fail are allowed to retest after six months.

Personal History Book and Questionnaire

Applicants, who successfully complete the preceding phases, will be required to complete a questionnaire prior to leaving the facility on the date of their tests. Each applicant will be given a personal history book to be completed as soon as possible.

The following documents (if applicable) are required when the personal history book is submitted to the Recruiting Unit.

Applicant Stability Rating Procedure

After completing the personal history book, the applicant may be scheduled for an appointment to review the personal history book and a stability interview.

Personality Assessment

Applicant’s personality will be evaluated for law enforcement suitability. This evaluation will include the completion of the California Personality Inventory (CPI) or similar personality assessment.

Polygraph Examination

Applicants selected to proceed in the process will be scheduled for a polygraph examination.

Background Investigation

Applicants that have successfully completed the above steps and are selected for continued processing will be assigned to an investigator. The investigator will conduct a thorough investigation into the applicant’s background.

Employment Assessment Board

Applicants who are selected to move forward in the process will be scheduled to appear before the Employment Assessment Board. The Assessment Board’s responsibility is to assess the applicant’s qualities, personal characteristics and ability to perform as a police officer and to make a recommendation to the Chief of Police.

Final Selection

The Chief of Police selects which applicants will attend the Police Academy, pending successful completion of the medical examination, drug test and psychological evaluation.

Medical Examination

Applicants must complete a medical examination and be accepted by the Oklahoma State Police Pension and Retirement System. Drug and alcohol testing are Included in the medical examination.

Psychological Evaluation

Prior to starting the academy, all applicants are required to undergo a psychological examination. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) or similar instrument will be administered during this phase.

Oklahoma City Police Department Academy

Applicants who are accepted into academy will begin their employment as a Police Recruit with the Oklahoma City Police Department. The academy lasts approximately 28 weeks and is a non-residential academy. Applicants are paid employees while attending the academy. All uniforms and equipment are provided.

The police recruit will attend the Oklahoma City Police Department Recruit Training Academy. The course of instruction includes but is not limited to:

Upon successful completion of the academy, the recruit will become a certified police officer through the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (C.L.E.E.T.) and will be eligible for up to 30 college credit hours.

Field Training Program

Upon successful completion of the academy, the recruit is assigned to the Field Training Officer Program for four to six months. Recruits must successfully finish the FTO Program to complete their training process.

First Permanent Assignment

After completion of the field training officer program, recruits are assigned as solo patrol officers to one of the four patrol divisions. They will be assigned to one of three shifts. All of the patrol shifts are ten hours in length. Patrol officers work eight days on with six days off. There are no rotating shifts.

Career Development

An officer may apply for duty in specialized assignments if they meet the requirements established by the unit. Acceptance is based on time in service, education, experience, training and evaluation of the officer seeking the special assignment to assignments such as:

Career development is also encouraged through a college tuition reimbursement program and education incentive pay (see Police Pay Plan for more information).

Police pay plan and benefits
(Fiscal Year 13/14)

Recruit step A is the entry-level salary. Recruit Step B increase is received upon graduation from the police academy. Officer Step A increase is received when officers complete their one-year probationary period. Each year following completion of their probationary period, officers receive an additional step raise. In addition, officers receive longevity pay, college incentive pay and a uniform allowance.

Recruit pay range
Step A
Step B
Annual
42,908.40
$48,671.28
Hourly
$20.55
$23.31
 
Officer pay range
Step A
Step G
Annual
$52,387.92
$59,925.60
Hourly
$25.09
$28.70
 
Sergeant pay range
Step A
Step L
Annual
$58,965.12
$75,293.28
Hourly
$28.24
$36.06
 


Special Days Off

Patrol officers work eight days on with six days off. In addition, all officers on this schedule receive nine special days off (SDO) per year. These SDOs are in addition to the vacation time earned.

Bilingual Incentive Pay

Officers who qualify receive between $50 and $100 per pay period as bilingual incentive pay.

Tuition Reimbursement

Officers who have successfully completed the police academy and the field training program are eligible to participate in the college tuition reimbursement program. Eligible officers will be reimbursed 100% of their tuition costs for approved courses which are satisfactorily completed with a grade of C minus or above, up to a maximum of $1,250 per semester.

Education Incentive Pay

Education incentive pay begins one month after graduation from the police academy.

Associate’s degree
$75 monthly
Bachelor’s degree
$150 monthly
Master’s or advanced degree
$175 monthly

Uniform Allowance

Each officer receives $1810 uniform allowance per year.

  1. $900 annually ($450 in May & $450 in November)
  2. $35 per pay period (26 pay periods per year)

Insurance

Officers have a variety of choices of health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance.

Retirement

All officers are members of the Oklahoma State Police Pension and Retirement System. The System is 95% funded and offers twenty year retirement as well as a Plan B Option.