Police Officer Qualifications & Expectations

Education, Training & Experience Required
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must possess a minimum of 60 college hours from an accredited university
  • Must possess a valid Oklahoma driver’s license which has not been suspended or revoked in the past 5 years and no more than 3 or more moving violations in the past 3 years
  • Must not have been convicted of domestic abuse or be listed as a defendant on a protective order
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony crime or have any pending criminal actions
  • Must not be a current user of controlled substances
  • Must not have been convicted of alcohol related driving offense or crime of moral turpitude
  • Must be able to:
    • Pass physical agility test
    • Pass written test
    • Pass oral examinations
    • Undergo an extensive background investigation
    • Undergo polygraph exam
    • Undergo Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) or related psychological examination
    • Undergo police pension board physical
    • Undergo a drug screening
  • Must successfully complete a basic police academy (as taught by the council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET), written, practical, and field exercises under the direct supervision of a field training officer during the first 12 months of the probationary period
  • Successful candidates will be required to undergo and successfully pass an annual physical agility exam as a condition of their employment
  • Successful candidates must demonstrate proficiency with firearms (both handgun and long gun on a semi annual basis) and custody and control techniques to defend self and others
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Ability to operate two way radios, vehicle and handheld types; radar equipment and breathalyzer equipment
  • Ability to read, understand and interpret ordinances, laws and other operating procedures, and communicate both orally and in writing
  • Ability to drive a vehicle safely and efficiently while under stress and while communicating on radio
  • Ability to deal effectively with others in both stressful and routine day to day situations
  • Willingness to follow orders, and to work with others
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Must be honest in dealing with the public
  • Must obey all laws
  • Ability to work rotating shifts, holidays, weekend, and long hours as necessary
  • Ability to read and interpret maps and give directions as needed
  • Ability to handle emergency situations in a calm manner
  • Ability to perform all aspects of community policing
Essential Job Functions
  • Operate a motor vehicle for routine patrol assignments and to respond to the needs of the community
  • Enforce state and federal laws and city ordinances
  • Make arrests on criminal and traffic related offenses
  • Perform other duties as assigned, which include, but are not limited to:
    • Investigation of crime scenes
    • Preservation and collection of evidence
    • Preparation of handwritten and typed reports
    • Oral testimony in courts of law
    • Investigation of traffic accidents