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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:

NeoGov Employment Application

All applicants who wish to become Oklahoma City Police Officers must begin with submitting an application online for employment through NeoGov.   Once the application is received, the applicant undergoes a Minimum Qualifications Review.

Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ)

Applicants who have successfully completed the Minimum Qualifications Review in NeoGov will be required to submit a Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) through our background investigation software managed by Guardian Alliance Technologies.  The applicant will receive an "invitation" to complete the PHQ and submit several completed documents made available through the Guardian Software.

You will also be required to upload copies of other documents necessary to complete your background investigation:

  • Birth Certificate
  • GED or High School Transcript
  • Marriage License (if applicable)
  • Divorce Decree (if applicable)
  • Valid Driver’s License w/Current Address (Front Only)
  • Social Security Card (Or replacement request form)
  • Military Discharge (DD-214 Long form or NGB-22 for all past and current active duty)
  • Naturalization Certificate (if applicable)
  • Any court orders with your association as a plaintiff or defendant.  (i.e. bankruptcy, child custody, name change, etc.)

* For college transcripts, only official transcripts can be accepted. This can be accomplished by either presenting your transcript in a sealed envelope bearing the official seal of the school or the transcript can be mailed directly to the Recruiting Unit by the college or university.

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 bio data. 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 one week 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.

Physical Ability Test (PAT)

The job of a Police Officer is physically demanding and all police officer applicants must meet the physical fitness standards to be considered.

The current Oklahoma City Police Physical Aptitude Test consists of an obstacle course which includes running, climbing walls, hurdling, jumping over obstacles, crawling under impediments, and moving a heavy object.  The goal is to test the applicant’s ability to perform those physical requirements as part of a timed event.

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.   A minimum score is required to proceed.

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 conduct an 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 a “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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