12 SIMPLE STEPS TO YOUR FUTURE
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
12 simple steps: that's all that lies between you and the most rewarding career you can imagine. It's not an easy process. It is intended to identify the best of the best, to separate will-be's from want-to-be's, and we're here to support and help you succeed.
The steps below are presented in the order they typically follow; however, scheduling constraints and other factors may result in your completion of them in a slightly-altered order. The entire process from initial application to the first day of your Academy will most likely take several months.
POLICE OFFICER APPLICATION
And so it begins.
Potential Tulsa Police Recruit applicants must first complete the City of Tulsa "Tulsa Police Officer Application." This simple online form must be completed in its entirety to begin the TPD hiring process. You will be invited to test following this step.
Basic reading and writing proficiency.
This entry-level test, required by the State of Oklahoma, is to ensure that all college graduate applicants possess the basic, minimal reading and writing skills typically acquired through a high school/college education.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION QUESTIONNAIRE
The BIQ provides TPD with what they need to know to determine your initial recruit candidacy.
The BIQ is comprised of a series of digital forms which you are required to complete accurately and in full. It includes personal information such as education history and graduation documentation, work history, credit history, criminal history, and references. It is imperative that you follow all directions and provide all requested information! Following submission, you will be assigned a Background Investigator (BI) that will determine your initial recruit candidacy.
CPI & PHYSICAL
Two tests. One day.
If your BIQ qualified you to proceed, you will be invited to test for the California Psychological Inventory (CPI) and Physical Ability Test (PAT). These tests occur back-to-back in one day/evening. The CPI consists of 434 questions and assesses social communication and interpersonal behavior. The PAT is an obstacle course and tests for minimum required agility, speed, strength, and endurance.
STRUCTURED ORAL INTERVIEW
Demonstrate your professionalism and thought process.
Following a successful CPI and PAT, you will be invited to the Structured Oral Interview. You will arrive early, look your best, and be prepared to sit in front of a number of officers who will ask you a set series of timed questions. These questions are designed to explore your motives for becoming a police officer, ethics, and to test your thought process and critical thinking skills.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION & POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION
Evaluating fit for the job.
Following the completion of your successful Structured Oral Interview, you will be assigned a background investigator. Our background Investigators are veteran Tulsa Police Officers with years of experience. Their investigation begins with an interview immediately after the SOI and may involve multiple follow-ups, further information, review of the BIQ, a pre-polygraph questionnaire, a polygraph examination, and review of your social media, credit, employment history, educational requirements, and references. The important thing to keep in mind during this phase of the process is that you should strive to be as responsive and timely as possible when your background investigator requests something from you.
Choosing the best of the best.
Upon being approved by the Training Division Commander, your application packet will be presented to the Chief of Police for consideration. Your packet includes all of your personal information, test results, and background investigator notes from your entire application process. From these packets, the Chief selects which applicants will be offered a position in an upcoming TPD Academy. You will be notified, regardless of selection.
If you are not selected, you may be eligible to be considered for a future class. Future consideration typically involves remaining in contact with your background investigator and providing updated information as needed. Certain steps in the testing process may need to be repeated if enough time elapses since the original completion.
CONDITIONAL OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT
We want you...to commit.
The Chief of Police has reviewed your candidacy and personally wants you to join TPD as one of the next recruits in an upcoming academy class. As such, you will receive a Conditional Offer of Employment to formalize our offer to you. Your signature then formalizes your commitment to us.
PENSION APPLICATION & PHYSICAL
Pre-Academy physical to ensure you are Academy-ready.
As a Tulsa Police Recruit, and eventual officer, you will benefit from TPD's pension and benefit plan. This being so, you will complete your Pension Application, which is followed by a Pension Physical. This physical ensures you are physically capable of participating in all Academy-related activities. The physical is conducted at no cost to you.
Standard psychological evaluation for mental fitness.
Following your pension physical, you will be invited to take your last pre-Academy test, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). The MMPI is a widely-used psychological test comprised of 567 true/false questions that assesses personality traits and psychopathology.
It's about to get real.
About one month prior to the start of your Academy, your entire class will meet at the TPD Training Division for orientation. This day-long event includes tours, introductions, uniform measurements, and clear expectations for Academy behavior, performance, and outcomes.
ACADEMY - DAY 1
You have arrived...at your next challenge.