How to Become a DC Police Officer

Interested folks who want to become a cop in DC can do so by filling up an application form online after which they’ll receive a schedule for new candidate orientation, all applicants must attend this event but before moving on make sure you qualify.

Minimum Requirements in Becoming a Police Officer in DC

  • Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Visual acuity of at least 20/100, correctable to 20/30 in both eyes
  • Must have a high moral character to accomplish all their duties as a cop
  • Have a valid driver’s license

Academic or Employment Requirements

All candidates must have one of the following credentials:

  • Completed at least 60 semester hours from an accredited college or university in the United States (any subject or coursework) or…
  • Served in active duty at least 3 years with the United States Armed Forces (including the National Guard and Organized Reserves) with an honorable discharge or…
  • Served at least 5 years (full duty status) in a full service police department in any municipality or state in the United States

Take note that all candidates for appointment will have to serve at least 2 years as a sworn member after completing the initial training program.

Residency Preference

Although applicants are not required to reside within the District of Columbia, preference points are given to legitimate resident. Applicants residing within the district can claim the Residency Preference by completing the DC2000RP form and submit it along with the employment application.

A Quick Look at the Selection Process

Step 1: Fill up the DC2000 application form online.

Step 2: Applicants will receive the schedule for the new candidate orientation and must RSVP to one orientation date.

Step 3: Attend the new candidate orientation.

Step 4: Complete the online qualifications survey 72 hours after the orientation.

Step 5: Complete the following events in the application processing day

  • Physical abilities test
  • Written exam
  • Writing sample
  • Applicant screening and document collection
  • Finger printing

Step 6: Go through a background investigation

Step 7: Polygraph exam

Step 8: Medical and psychological examination

Step 9: Review and approval of application

Applicant Screening and Documentation Collection

Applicants will need to submit the following documents as a part of the background investigation process:

Required Documents If Applicable
Birth Certificate Worker’s Compensation Records
High School Dipolma or GED With Test Scores Citizenship Documents (Alien Registration Number & Naturalization Paperwork)
College Degree & Transcripts (Original Copy Requested) Last Mortgage Statement
Resume Military Status Documents (DD-214 or Selective Service Registration
Driver’s License Marital Status Documents (Marriage License, Divorce Decree, etc)
Picture Identification (Photo ID, etc) Unemployment Records
Social Security Card All Court Orders (Judgments, Liens, Bankruptcy, Records Expungement, Separation Orders, Child Support Orders, etc.)
Driving Record (10 Year Certified if possible) Last Two Employment Performance Ratings
  TANF/Public Assistance Records

Physical Abilities Test

Consists of eight different events, all of which simulate real life police suspect chases, these events include:

  1. Patrol car – suspect description
  2. Obstacle run
  3. Stair climb
  4. Suspect drag
  5. Barricade duck
  6. Fence climb
  7. Suspect identification
  8. Weapon dry fire

Physical Training Standards

Gender / Age One minute push-ups One minute sit-ups 1.5 mile run 300 meter run
Female / 20 – 29 21 or more 38 or more 13:25 or less 61 seconds or less
Female / 30 – 39 15 or more 29 or more 14:33 or less 71 seconds or less
Female / 40 – 49 13 or more 24 or more 15:17 or less 79 seconds or less
Male / 20 – 29 37 or more 42 or more 11:27 or less 54 seconds or less
Male / 30 – 39 30 or more 39 or more 11:49 or less 55 seconds or less
Male / 40 – 49 24 or more 34 or more 12:25 or less 64 seconds or less
Male / 50 – 59 19 or more 28 or more 13:53 or less 74 seconds or less

Metropolitan Police Academy

Qualified trainees will attend the 28-week academy training program, they’ll receive comprehensive training that includes physical endurance training, weapons training and classroom training.

Subjects included in the MPA

  • Laws of arrest
  • Search and seizure
  • Criminal law
  • Traffic regulations
  • Human relations
  • Ethics
  • Community policing

Metropolitan Police Academy Physical Training Program

The recruit officer consist of several physical exercises all designed to prepare trainees for the physical examination which include the 1.5 mile run, 300 meter run, push ups, and sit ups events. Trainees must pass all four of these events to make the grade for the physical training test. Examination standards will be based on the Cooper Institute Standards for Law Enforcement.

Cardiovascular Training:

  • Distance running
  • Swimming
  • Stair climbing
  • Cycling
  • Sprinting

Resistance Training:

  • Weight training
  • Circuit training
  • Medicine ball training
  • Sit ups
  • Push ups
  • Pull ups
  • Rope climbing
  • Squats
  • Lunges

For more information on becoming a police officer in the District of Columbia, visit the DC Police Jobs website or call (800) 994-MPDC (6732) or if you are residing in the Washington area call (202) 645-0445.

Click here to check out the various police officer jobs in Washington DC.

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