Thank you for considering a career as a Philadelphia
Police Officer. Please review the requirements to
determine your eligibility. If you think you're qualified,
we encourage you to initiate the application process
now so you can begin this exciting and challenging
career as soon as possible.
Application Process Overview
decided to attempt to gain a position with the Philadelphia
Police Department, please take a moment and review
this description of the process. It presents an overview
of the steps you will have to go through before you
can become a police officer in Philadelphia.
a Preliminary Application
f you have the Adobe
Acrobat reader installed, you can download a Preliminary Application for Police
Officer Recruit. Submitting this application will insure that you are notified
when the next police officer examination is scheduled.
All civilian candidates must live with in the City Limits
of Philadelphia, one year prior to being hired. There is
no exception of this rule for civilian candidates. A candidate
may take the examination while living outside the city limits,
but will not be hired until they have one year of residency
in the city.
Active duty military personnel taking the police examination
must live within the city limits six (6) months after hire.
If the candidate is within six (6) months of the test date
and recently discharged, they can be a non resident of Philadelphia,
and still qualify to become a candidate.
All civilian candidates must possess a valid PA Driver's
License, when invited to our one (1) day orientation held
at the Philadelphia Police College Campus. Anyone with a
suspended or revoked license will not pass the background
investigation. Any applicant who possesses outstanding fees
for traffic violations, must make payment arraignments with
Traffic Court. Also persons with a NonDriver's ID, must
have a valid driver's license.
All recently discharged military personnel must have a valid
driver's license, the license may be from any state. But
within six months of being excepted to the police training
program the license must be a valid PA Driver's License.
All candidates must have proof of their high school diploma
or their final GED scores as part of their background. At
this time the Philadelphia Police Department does not require
a college degree. But many of our officers are either going
back to finish a degree or going to college to start getting
a degree. Also as part of the police training curriculum
you will receive college credits upon graduation. Good reading
and writing skills are essential in executing your duties
as a police officer.
Candidates must have reached the age of 19 but not yet 40
by the time of their appointment to the position of police
officer. Candidates must be within these age limits at the
time of appointment. The date of appointment is the date
that the candidate actually enters the police academy for