Selection Process

Phases of Selection Process 

Qualified applicants will be eligible to compete in the selection process for police officers. The selection process will be job-related and competitive in nature. Each applicant must successfully complete the minimum requirements of each phase of the selection process to remain eligible.

Each candidate who fails to complete a phase of the selection process will be eliminated from further consideration and notified by mail. The phases of the selection process are as follows:

Written Examination

A minimum passing score must be obtained on the validated, standardized test for a police officer.  The written test will not be graded immediately.  Each applicant will take the physical agility test on the same date as the written exam.  If the applicant is later found to have failed the written exam, they will be eliminated from further consideration.

Physical Agility Test

The physical agility test will measure each applicant's endurance, strength, and agility.

Applicants will participate in a health and exercise assessment conducted by an Exercise Physiologist from CardioKinetics, Inc. CardioKinetics is a medical provider based out of Newark, DE.  

Your health and exercise assessment will be conducted on the same day as the written exam. The numbers are based on Cooper Fitness Absolute Standards. The Delaware Council on Police Training (COPT) standard is the 30thpercentile.

These standards are:

  • 1.5 Mile run – 15:55
  • Push-Up Test - 24
  • Sit-Up Test - 28
  • 300 Meter Run – 70.1 seconds

You must successfully complete the minimum requirements of each phase of the physical agility test to remain eligible in the process.

Oral Interview

The candidates who achieve the highest passing scores on the examination and pass the physical agility test, will participate in an oral interview. Each candidate will be rated on the following traits: appearance, manner and bearing, motivation, oral expression, and judgment.

Eligibility Roster

The candidates will receive a composite score from the written exam and oral interview. Bonus points will be added for possession of a bachelor's degree, prior military service and current police officer certification from any state. Candidates will be ranked based upon their composite scores and then placed on an eligibility roster. All appointments will be made from this roster.

Background Investigation & Polygraph

A background investigation will be conducted on each applicant on the eligibility roster. An applicant may be disqualified from the roster if the background investigation reveals derogatory information pertaining to the character or conduct of the applicant. Applicants that are not disqualified will then submit to a polygraph examination.


If an approved vacancy in a police officer position arises, the Chief of Police will interview the three highest rated applicants. The City Manager will appoint one of the top three candidates from the eligibility roster to fill the position.

The probationary appointment is contingent on a favorable psychological evaluation, medical examination, and a positive assessment of the candidate's medical condition as determined by CardioKinetics. The below listed assessments are used to determine if the candidate is medically fit for employment. 

Body Fat Analysis - 3site Lang Skin Caliper pinch test

Exercise ECG - You will follow a standard modified Balke Protocol while on a treadmill. Your blood pressure and ECG tracings will be monitored while you are on the treadmill.

Musculoskeletal Assessment - 1 min. Push Up Test - You will complete as many push-ups as you can in one minute

Musculoskeletal Assessment - 1 min. Sit Up Test - You will complete as many sit ups as you can in one minute.

Grip Strength Test -You will use a grip dynamometer to determine overall grip strength.

Sit and Reach Test -You will do a sit and reach assessment to determine hamstring flexibility.

Core and Low Back Assessment - You will perform a series of movements for our team to assess and evaluate over all core and low back strength, endurance, flexibility, mobility and potential injury.

The probation period for a police officer is one year if hired as a certified police officer and one year after academy graduation if hired as a non-certified officer.