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.
*Preference is given to applicants that have 60 or more college credit
hours or military service.
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.
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.
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!)|
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.
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.
Applicants selected to proceed in the process will be scheduled for a polygraph examination.
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.
The Chief of Police selects which applicants will attend the Police Academy, pending successful completion of the medical examination, drug test and psychological evaluation.
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.
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.
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).
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||
|Officer pay range||
|Sergeant pay range||
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.
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.
|Master’s or advanced degree||
Each officer receives $1810 uniform allowance per year.
Officers have a variety of choices of health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance.
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.