We seek out applicant's who emulate our quality standards: safety, courtesy, empathy and trust.
Applicants for the position of police officer must be of strong character and unmitigated integrity. Therefore, the Fargo Police Department performs an in-depth investigation into the background of all police officer applicants to ensure those selected for employment are of the highest caliber.
- The applicant shall be a citizen of the United States or have in-resident alien status as defined by federal law.
- The applicant must have vision corrected to 20/20.
- The applicant shall possess a valid driver's license.
- By the date of hire, the applicant must have completed the equivalent of a two year education at an accredited college or university. An Associate's Degree, 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits will fulfill this requirement.
- The applicant must be at least 21 years old at the time of hire.
- The applicant must not have any tattoos to the head, neck, face, or scalp, and must further conform to all other appearance standards established by department policy. Inappropriate or offensive markings are defined as: depicts, describes, or otherwise refers to sexual conduct, acts, or organs; depicts, describes, or refers to intolerance, or discrimination against any race, color, preference, creed, religion, gender, national origin, or it is commonly associated with any organizations or groups which advocates such intolerance or discrimination, or brings discredit upon the department, detracts from the professional appearance of the employee, or violates the standards of decency and morality.
Markings determined to be inappropriate or offensive shall be covered with the department's authorized uniform or attire. Disguising, masking, or concealing a tattoo, or body marking by way of bandage, make-up, gloves, or any other means (excluding regular clothing attire such as a long-sleeve shirt, pants, skirt, socks, etc.) is not an acceptable method of complying with the appearance standard and shall not be permitted.
The Chief of Police or his/her designee shall be the final authority in determining if a marking is considered inappropriate or offensive.
Automatic Disqualifying Criteria
Outlined below are examples of conduct and/or other criteria which will be grounds for a applicant’s automatic disqualification from the police officer hiring process. The examples provided are not intended to be an all inclusive list of dis-qualifiers that result in a police officer applicant’s elimination from further consideration for employment with the Fargo Police Department. However, the discovery of any of the examples listed shall be sufficient to automatically disqualify an applicant from further consideration. In addition, an applicant’s failure to disclose any such conduct and/or criteria shall also result in the applicant’s automatic elimination from further employment consideration.
Criminal and Military Conduct
- The applicant shall not have pled guilty to, pled nolo contendere to, or been found guilty of a felony offense, or equivalent offense.
- If an applicant has pled guilty to, pled nolo contendere to, or been found guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor, or equivalent offense, five years must have passed between the date of application and the date of conviction, release from incarceration, or expiration of parole or probation, whichever is latest.
- If an applicant has pled guilty to, pled nolo contendere to, or been found guilty of a Class B Misdemeanor, or equivalent offense (excluding first-time offenses for issuing checks with insufficient funds or without an account), two years must have passed between the date of application and the date of conviction, release from incarceration, or expiration of parole or probation, whichever is latest.
- The applicant shall not have pled guilty to, pled nolo contendere to, or been found guilty of any offense involving domestic violence, a domestic violence related protection order, identity theft, or fraud.
- The applicant shall not have pled guilty to, pled nolo contendere to, or been found guilty in a military court for a violation of the military code of justice resulting in a sentence of imprisonment, dishonorable or bad conduct discharge, or both.
- The applicant shall not have used or possessed unlawful controlled substances (excluding marijuana) within three years of the date of application.
- The applicant shall not have used or possessed marijuana or its derivatives within one year of the date of application.
- The applicant shall not have, after the age of 18, engaged in excessive use, possession, sale, delivery, or manufacture of an unlawful controlled substance.
- The applicant shall not have, after the age of 18, engaged in excessive criminal driving offenses.
Dishonesty, Failure to Disclose, and Lack of Integrity Conduct
- Any willful failure to disclose or acknowledge involvement in any conduct, both past and present, which is a violation of the laws of the state of North Dakota, the United States state or territory.
- Any willful attempt to distort information provided or discovered during the employment consideration process or intentionally misleading any person representing the Fargo Police Department during the hiring process.
- Any refusal to answer or respond to any oral or written question presented by any person representing the Fargo Police Department during the hiring process.
- Any use, or attempt to use, any political influence to secure employment with the Fargo Police Department.
Other Disqualifying Criteria
- The applicant does not possess the minimum qualifications required for the position of police officer with the Fargo Police Department as described within the job description.
- The applicant cannot lawfully own or possess a firearm.
- The applicant is considered a fugitive from justice.
- The applicant is in the United States unlawfully or otherwise has their immigration, naturalization, or status as a United States citizen in question by the United States government.
- The applicant has, after the age of 18, renounced their United States citizenship.
- The applicant is presently the subject of any domestic violence related protection order, restraining order, or other associated court order.
- The applicant’s employment with previous employers has been involuntarily terminated on three or more occasions within the past five years. This does not include any involuntary termination resulting from the employing ceasing their business operation or where employment ended as a result of a temporary layoff.
- The applicant has failed to comply with any court order or legal contract to provide and maintain child support, alimony, or other financial obligations within the past three years.
- The applicant is or has been, after the age of 18, involved with any seditious or terrorist activity or any other activity whereby the functions of the United States government and/or the contents of the United States Constitution were threatened.
- The applicant is a previous employee of the Fargo Police Department and was dismissed from any such employment for cause, or resigned under conditions deemed by the Fargo Police Department to be less than in good standing.
- The applicant fails or otherwise refuses to appear or participate in any scheduled oral interview, polygraph examination, medication examination, psychological examination, or other component of the Fargo Police Department’s hiring process.
- The applicant fails or otherwise refuses to provide any person representing the Fargo Police Department during the hiring process with a current mailing address and telephone number, or respond to any request for information or communication received from any such representative.
- The applicant expresses, either verbally or in writing, their desire to no longer be considered for employment with the Fargo Police Department.
- The applicant’s application is not filed within the period specified in the examination announcement or was not filed in the prescribed form.