Lt. Keri Whitson 


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

To become an Oklahoma City Police Officer:  

  Apply Here!


Steps in the application process:

Personal History Statement

Applicants who successfully complete the Minimum Qualifications Review, will be required to  submit a Personal History Statement (PHS).    Once the applicant completes the PHS and has collected ALL the required documents, he/she will contact the Recruiting Unit (405) 297 -1116 to schedule an appointment. 

Along with the Personal History Statement, the following documents (if applicable) are to be submitted at your appointment:

  • Driver’s License

  • Social Security Card

  • Certified original birth certificate

  • Certified high school transcript or G.E.D. certificate

  • Certified college transcript

  • DD214 (long form) or service letter from commanding officer

  • Naturalization certificate 

  • Copy of marriage license

  • Copy of divorce decree(s)

Physical Ability Test (PAT)

Police Officers must meet physical fitness standards, which are measured in a test.  The current Physical Fitness Examination, (PFE) consists of the following exercises.

  • Sit Ups:  27 in 1 minute
  • 300 Meter Run: 68 Seconds
  • Standard Push Ups: 18 (no time limit)
  • 1.5 Mile Run:  15 minutes, 20 seconds

Once the testing begins, each step will be conducted with a 10 minute interval between tests.  Failure to achieve minimum requirements at any step will result in immediate disqualification.

Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery (LEAB)

The LEAB is comprised of three sections and covers cognitive abilities, approaches to work or what is referred to as personal work-style, and background information or biodata. Each section is matched to the job requirements and each assesses a variety of underlying characteristics important in the performance of the duties and responsibilities of law enforcement.

Please allow up to four hours.    Once you are scheduled for the test, you will receive a study guide two weeks before the test date.  Please take the time to review the study guide as it provides useful information and tips to successfully complete the exam. 

Interview Board

The Interview Board is comprised of three members from the Recruiting Unit.  You will be asked a standard set of questions and given a specific time frame to provide your answers. The Interview Board will evaluate your responses and provide a numerical score which will determine your placement on an eligibility list.

Polygraph Examination

Applicants selected to proceed in the process will be scheduled for a polygraph examination.  You will receive more information when you are contacted by the examiner. 

Background Investigation

Applicants that have successfully completed the above steps and are selected for continued processing will be assigned to a background investigator. The investigator will conductan extensive background investigation on your personal, family, financial, employment and residential history.  You will be asked to provide additional documents including bank statements and credit reports.  During this step, you will also be scheduled for a pre-employment evaluation with a licensed Psychologist.

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

Pending the successful completion of all the previous phases, your application will be submitted to the Chief of Police for final approval.

Medical Examination and Psychological Evaluation

Once applicants receive an “Conditional Offer of Employment” they must complete a medical examination including drug and alcohol testing along with a psychological evaluation.   The medical examination is required to be accepted in the Oklahoma State Police Pension and Retirement System.  The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) or similar instrument will be administered by a licensed psychologist.


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