In order to join our ranks, you must be prepared to go through a very challenging and complex hiring process. We strive to find only those candidates who possess a strong work ethic, have high moral character, are resolute in their honesty and integrity, and have a sincere desire to serve their community. Only the best candidates are successful and we want you to
be one of them.
The first step of the hiring process is the written entrance exam. During the exam, applicants will complete the Fire & Police Selection Inc. (FPSI). A score of 75% is required to pass the entrance exam.
After an applicant successfully completes the entrance exam, they will participate in an oral interview. An oral interview with representatives from the police department will allow for an opportunity for personal contact with the applicant. The interview allows the police representatives to evaluate the applicant’s communication skills and judgment. A score of 75% is required to pass the oral interview.
Applicants who pass the oral interview will be scheduled to attend a pre-hire screening session. During that time, the department’s Administrative Sergeant will review the results of the personal history questionnaire, the personal inventory questionnaire, criminal history, and the credit history with the applicant. The completed background investigative packet along with the applicants official high school and post-secondary transcripts will also be reviewed.
Applicants who successfully complete the pre-screen hire must next successfully pass the Physical Fitness Assessment to demonstrate the possession of physical skills necessary to accomplish the duties and functions of a peace officer.
Qualified applicants are investigated as to their character and reputation. The applicants present and previous employers will be contacted for information regarding the applicants work history. The background investigation also includes a thorough check into the applicants police and driving records. If the applicant successfully passes the background investigation, he or she is placed on an eligibility list for a period of two years.
The Chief of Police will draw from the eligibility list to offer a Chief's Interview when there is a position open. Those applicants selected by the Chief of Police for hire to receive a conditional offer of employment must successfully complete a physical fitness assessment, polygraph examination, psychological examination, a medical examination, and a national fingerprint search.
Applicants shall submit to a polygraph examination to verify the accuracy of the candidates application and that the applicants oral statements are truthful.
Applicants shall take a combination of written psychological tests and participate in an oral interview given by a licensed psychiatrist provided by the City to determine that the applicant is free from any emotional or mental condition that might adversely affect the performance of a peace officers duties.
Applicants shall submit to a thorough medical examination by a licensed physician provided by the City to determine that the applicant is free from any physical condition that might adversely affect the performance of a peace officers duties.
Applicants who successfully complete all parts of the conditional offer phase are then given a full offer of employment.
Applicants will need to complete the online application in order to get signed up for the written entrance exam.
Under North Dakota State Century Code 37-19.1, Veterans are entitled to preference, over all other applicants, in recruitment and selection processes by governmental agencies, provided that such veteran is a United States citizen at the time of application for employment.
Applicants wishing to claim Veteran's Preference must bring a copy of their DD-214 with them at the time of the written entrance exam.
Elimination from the Hiring Process
Applicants who are eliminated from the hiring process will be allowed to re-enter the process based on the following guidelines:
Reason for Elimination
Waiting Period to Re-Apply
One year or recommended wait time by a Physician