Indianapolis Police Department
Human Resources Office
50 N. Alabama Street, Room E254
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Job Line: 317-327-3368
Salary: See below
Serve Your Community: Join the Indianapolis Police Department
The Indianapolis Police Department is one of the finest and most advanced law enforcement agencies in the entire country. Our Department is a leader in community policing and overall crime reduction. We offer great pay and other benefits. The equipment and training that you receive as an IPD officer are the most advanced of any law enforcement agency. They give you the skills and tools that you need to perform as a professional police officer for the city of Indianapolis.
If any of this sounds interesting to you, then read on. We will give you all the information that you will need to know to apply for a position as one of Indyís finest. Always remember, there is no better way to serve and help your community. Make a difference, and apply as an Indianapolis police officer today.
Initial requirements for sworn employment with the Indianapolis Police Department are established by the Indiana Code which provides that applicants:
The Indianapolis Police Department's applicant screening process is multi-phased and consists of the following steps:
Physical Agility Test
Polygraph Examination Background Investigation Medical Examination Psychological Examination Drug Screening Board Approvals Tutoring sessions for the exam and interview also are available. Although
tutoring is not mandatory, all applicants are encouraged to attend. Upon completion of an application, applicants are allowed to select written
exam and tutoring session dates. With the exception of these dates, all other
process events are scheduled by IPD Human Resources. Applicants are asked not to
request alternative dates and times. IPD does not accept any out-of-state or in-state lateral transfers of academy
training or law enforcement certifications.
Tutoring sessions for the exam and interview also are available. Although tutoring is not mandatory, all applicants are encouraged to attend.
Upon completion of an application, applicants are allowed to select written exam and tutoring session dates. With the exception of these dates, all other process events are scheduled by IPD Human Resources. Applicants are asked not to request alternative dates and times.
IPD does not accept any out-of-state or in-state lateral transfers of academy training or law enforcement certifications.
Submitting an Application
Applications for the position of Sworn Patrol Officer are accepted on a year-round basis. If you are interested in applying, you may complete a preliminary application online or pick one up at one of the following Indianapolis locations from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (EST), Monday through Friday.
Individuals who live outside a 50 mile radius, and who do not wish to submit an application online, may request an application by writing to the address listed below or through e-mail to our Recruiting Officer. Please include your full name and mailing address.
I.P.D. Human Resources - Application Request
Original applications must be returned to the Human Resources office -- NO faxes or copies will be accepted.
During the screening process, you must immediately notify Human Resources of any changes of your name, address, or telephone number as they occur. Failure to do so could result in a significant delay in your receipt of screening process notifications and may also result in your removal from the process.
2002 - Salary Schedule
Benefits are subject to change per labor negotiationsAdditional Benefit Details
IPD Training Academy
The Indianapolis Police Department Law Enforcement Training Academy is one of the best in the state. It is under the command of Major Richard Benton and is comprised of sixteen sworn and four civilian instructors, all certified by the State of Indiana. The Academy is State of Indiana certified as well, and it gives recruit officers the most up to date, state of the art training available.
The Academy curriculum is a strong mix of academic and physical courses. Currently, recruit officers receive 932 hours of training in a 24 week period. Some local universities, (i.e., IUPUI, University of Indianapolis) offer up to 12 college credits relating to academy training for a nominal fee.
Recruits must successfully complete all academy courses. All aspects of training are essential to the recruit. The training not only ensures retention by the Department as a probationary officer, but it ensures the ability to function as a professional police officer for the City of Indianapolis.
The Academy schedule is primarily Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm, with some weekend and evening training required.
All essential equipment (uniforms, weapons, body armor, gun belt, etc.) are issued during the training period. Take-home police cars are issued based on availability after the successful completion of the probationary year. The Academy is not live-in, therefore recruits must find their own residential accommodations.
Recruits are strictly prohibited from holding outside employment during their training and probationary periods. They also are strictly prohibited from performing any direct law enforcement related functions requiring police powers.
Upon graduation from the academy, recruits are placed in the Field Training Officer Program.
Field Training Program
All recruits graduating from the IPD Training Academy must participate in the Field Training Program which is designed to improve the field performance level of Indianapolis police officers. The program accomplishes this goal in two ways. First, as part of the overall training process, the FTO program places maximum emphasis on academy instruction through field training and demonstrates to the probationary officer how to apply academic knowledge in a real-life, field situation. Second, as an evaluation and screening tool, the FTO Program is one phase of the Departmentís overall applicant screening process. It provides a measure of the field performance of probationary officers which is used in the final decision regarding the retention or termination of their employment.
In developing the FTO Program, the Department has considered its responsibility for proper field training. Legal issues involving negligent appointment and retention of officers as well as municipal liability for improper training mandate that the Department make every effort to train and retain only those individuals able to successfully perform as police officers. Additionally, the Departmentís responsibility to current police officers and citizens of Indianapolis requires that only those probationary officers who can successfully perform in the field become tenured police officers.
Duties and Responsibilities of the Field Training Officer
This is a condensed overview of the Field Training Officer Program. It is designed to give prospective applicants an idea of what they can expect during the FTO phase of training, if they are selected as recruit officers.
103rd Class -- Sworn Applicant Process Schedule
February 18 and 21, 2004 Tutoring for the Written Exam and Oral Interview
March 6-7, 2004 Written Examination
April 6-9, 2004 Oral Interviews
May 27-28, 2004 Physical Agility
June 28 - August 20, 2004 Polygraphs and Backgrounds
January 3, 2005 Recruit Class Begins
All Dates Are Subject to Change
Email our Recruiter:
Tony L. Brown
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