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Department & City Information

The Evansville, Indiana Police Department is located in the extreme Southwestern portion of Indiana on the banks of the Ohio River. The police department is a fully-accredited law enforcement agency, dedicated to a community-oriented policing program. The department includes the operation of three Sector Offices and serves an area of 41 square miles, covering 575 miles of city streets, and has a total authorized strength of 289 sworn officers and 31 civilian employees. The department is divided into four major divisions; Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Administrative, and Support Services. Those divisions are broken down into 18 specialized units which cover all areas of law enforcement necessary to serve the City of Evansville and its approximate 120,000 citizens.

It is the goal of the City of Evansville Police Department and the Evansville Police Merit Commission to recruit the most qualified persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or disability, to serve the citizens of Evansville as police officers. Hiring requirements are based on job-related criteria, taking into consideration the knowledge, personal attributes, skills and training required to perform the job tasks, so as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity.

Basic Requirements

  1. United States Citizen
  2. Must be 21-35 years of age at time of application
  3. Have a high school diploma or GED* certificate
  4. Have no convictions of a felony criminal violation
  5. Have no conviction of domestic violence or a domestic violence-related offense, either misdemeanor or felony
  6. Must be of good moral character
  7. Have no previous use of hallucinogenic drugs (LSD, Mushrooms, Mescaline, Ecstacy, etc.)
  8. Possess a valid driver's license from current state of residence
  9. Have an Honorable discharge from the military (if applicable)
  10. Must pass mandatory drug screening
  11. Have uncorrected vision at least 20/100 in both eyes, or be a long-term successful user of soft contact lenses correctable to 20/30 (must also be free from color blindness)
  12. Must be able to pass a physical agility assessment test
  13. Must be able to pass a competitive written exam
  14. Must submit to in-depth background investigation; polygraph, psychological testing and medical examination
  15. Must agree to and sign an employment contract post job offer

(*)Applicants with GED certificate must have either 30 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university with a 2.0 or better GPA or a minimum of 2 years of military service.

Application and Selection Process

The Evansville Police Department accepts employment applications year round.  Applications are available from the Police Personnel Unit, Room 129 of the Civic Center or from our website at www.evansvillepolice.comLook for "Become an Officer" on the homepage.  Click on the link to download and print application.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Phone: (812) 436-4947

Completed applications may be hand delivered or mailed to the following address:

Personnel Unit - Attn: Tina

Evansville Police Department

15 N.W. M.L. King Blvd., Room 129

Evansville, IN  47708-1891

The closing date for application submission for the next testing process is October 31, 2014.  All employment applications received on or after November 1, 2013 and on or before October 31, 2014 are eligible to participate in the Department’s screening and testing process that begins in November, 2014.  Applications are pre-screened to insure that the applicant’s basic requirements are met.

The Evansville Police Department's Applicant Process may consist of, but is not limited to, the following evaluations, which may take up to six months to complete, in the following order:

Physical Fitness Assessment Test 

Based upon the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy’s physical fitness standards to graduate from the Police Academy.  The standards are the same for males and females.

  • Applicants must meet the standard for each exercise to pass the assessment test.
  • This is a PASS/FAIL test only.  No points are assigned for results.
  • Applicants are given the opportunity to participate in a Practice Physical Assessment weeks prior to the mandatory testing.  This is voluntary session where each of the required exercises is demonstrated, and the applicant has the opportunity to participate. 
  • Exercises in order are:
  • Vertical Jump Test (Standard – 16 inches or greater)
  • Timed Sit Up Test (Standard – 29 in one minute or less)
  • 300 Meter Run (Standard – complete in 71 seconds or less)
  • Push Up Test (Standard – complete 25 push-ups with no time limit)
  • 1.5 Mile Run (Standard – complete in 16:28 or less)
  • If all physical fitness standards are met, the applicant will be eligible to take the written test. 

Written Exam  

  • Created by a professional consulting firm using job-related criteria.
  • Is four sections: Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Incident Report Writing
  • Must score 80% or higherto continue on to interview and assessment phase
  • Written test score accounts for 30% of the applicant’s total score.
  • Study guides for the written test will be given out after successful completion of the physical fitness assessment.
  • Applicants will also have the opportunity to attend voluntary study sessions that are offered.  At these study sessions, a practice test will be given, scored, and information on oral interview preparation will be discussed.

Structured Oral Interview 

  • This is a structured interview in front of a selected board of sworn police officers.
  • Each applicant is asked the same questions and responses are graded.
  • The oral interview score accounts for 40% of the applicant’s total score.

Assessment Center Written Exercise

  • The written exercise is completed right after the structured oral interview.
  • Each applicant is asked to write a written response to the same topic or question.
  • Written exercise is graded based on content, spelling, grammar, etc.
  • The written exercise accounts for 20% of the applicant’s total score.

Merit Commission Oral Interview 

  • This is a structured interview with the Evansville Police Merit Commission.
  • Each applicant is asked the same questions and responses are graded.
  • The Merit Commission interview score accounts for the 10% of the applicant’s total score.

Applicant scores will then be compiled from the above to establish an eligibility list that will be in descending order from highest to lowest passing scores.  Applicants will be notified of their final ranking on the eligibility list.

Upon an estimated projection of future vacancies, the department will extend the assessed number of "conditional" job offers to persons on the eligibility list in rank order. At that time, the following evaluations will be completed:

  • In-depth background investigation
  • Polygraph examination
  • Psychological examination and interview with clinical psychologist
  • Complete medical examination including vision, hearing, and mandatory drug screen. 

If all evaluations are successfully completed, the applicant will be sworn in as probationary police officer, providing the department has available vacancies.

The eligibility list will be valid for one year from the date of certification.  Applicant screening and testing processes for the department are conducted each year and a new eligibility list is established each year as well.  Applicants are encouraged to reapply and repeat the testing to try and improve their scores and ranking.  The Department’s hiring needs may vary year to year, and how much of the eligibility list is utilized is dependent on a number of variables.

For more information about the department or the selection process contact the Personnel Unit at (812) 436-4947.