- Must be a resident citizen of the United States
- Must be 21 years old and not have reached their 36th birthday by date of appointment
- Must have a high school diploma or GED certificate (Home-schooled students must take a general equivalency exam and present a general educational development certificate (GED).
- Cannot have a felony conviction
- Cannot have a misdemeanor conviction of domestic violence under [18 USC §922 (g)]
- Must possess a valid driver’s license from their state of residence
- Must be a resident of Marion County, Indiana or one of the seven adjoining counties at the time of appointment to the Department
- Cannot have been dishonorably discharged from the military
- Must pass a mandatory drug screening test
Background / Pre-Assessment Awareness
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officers are entrusted with responsibility to keep our cities safe from crime and corruption. Therefore, a history of ethical and moral behavior is of the utmost importance. Your background will be looked at very closely. Candidates who have a history of unethical or immoral behavior will not be hired. You will be subjected to an intensive background evaluation, which will include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Your past behavior and the choices you have made must demonstrate positive traits that will support your candidacy for Police Officer and reflect favorably on your character.
- You must have a history of lawful conduct.
- You must possess high standards of honesty and integrity as demonstrated by your dealings with individuals and organizations. Falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting information on any document or during the selection process will be closely scrutinized.
- You must respect the rights of all people and have an appreciation for the diversity that characterizes Indianapolis. A history of domestic violence, physical altercations, or discourteous, abusive, or violent treatment of others may indicate a lack of self-discipline, an unwillingness or inability to cooperate, or a disregard for the rights of others.
- You must have a history of making responsible choices regarding the use of drugs and alcohol.
- Your employment and military (if applicable) histories must demonstrate the motivation and success-orientation needed to succeed as a Police Officer.
- Your financial and driving records must demonstrate responsible decisions and appropriate behavior.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s applicant screening process is multi-phased and consists of the following steps: