Out-of-State applicants are defined as individuals who live 250 miles or more away from the Municipality of Anchorage.
Out-of-State applicants can elect to have the initial written test “proctored” out of state. Upon approval of an Out-of-State Proctor, APD Recruiting/Backgrounds will send a written copy of the National Criminal Justice Officer Selection Inventory/Integrity test to the proctor. The applicant will need to schedule a testing date/time with their proctor after the test arrives. Applicants will be responsible for bringing a pre-paid shipping envelope with them to the testing appointment so the test can be immediately sealed and mailed back to the Anchorage Police Department. Study guides are available for applicants at the following link: National Criminal Justice Officer Selection Inventory – (NCJOSI2) Test
Out-of-State applicants will then be contacted with results (pass/fail) after the test is mailed back to the Anchorage Police Department. All Out-of-state applicants will still be required to travel to Anchorage to complete the initial selection testing (Physical Ability Test, Personal History Questionnaire, Preliminary Background Interview and Written Psychological Examination).
Out-of-State applicants will be expected to make TWO separate trips to Anchorage during the selection process.
Starting salary: $33.61 hourly ($69,908.80 annually)
PROCESS FOR BECOMING AN ANCHORAGE POLICE OFFICER
- Applicant must be a citizen of the United States by the date of hire
- High school diploma, GED, or equivalent
- Must be 21 years of age by the date of hire
- Must possess a valid State of Alaska Driver’s license by the time of hire
- Must meet standards established by the Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC). For more information about APSC certification, go to http://dps.alaska.gov/apsc/ and the Anchorage Police Department regarding misdemeanor or felony convictions and use of controlled substances.
- No criminal convictions after reaching 18 years of age
- No marijuana use within the past three years
Applicants must possess the following qualities:
- Unquestionable character and integrity
- Free of cultural and ethnic bias
- Strong ethical code in both personal and professional life
- Desire to diligently protect and serve the community through courage, compassion and respect
- Personal conduct above reproach
Entry Level Testing
An APD Police Officer is a professional and highly sought after position. Applicants should consider every step in the process as part of a professional job interview. Appearance and conduct during the process should exude professionalism. Applicants with unprofessional attire, such as jeans, shorts, t-shirts, or tennis shoes, may be turned away from testing or disqualified. This does not apply to the physical ability testing; appropriate workout clothing is required for this test.
If during any portion of the application, entry level testing or background process it is discovered that the applicant falsified any material fact, or intentionally omitted or modified material facts, the applicant will not be eligible to re-apply or be considered for any position with the Anchorage Police Department.
For detailed information regarding these tests, refer to the APD recruitment website at: http://www.joinapd.org/entry-level-applicants/Sit-ups: This test measures muscular endurance of the abdominal musculature and will count the number of correct sit-ups completed in a one-minute duration. Applicants must complete 27 sit-ups in one (1) minute to pass.
Push-ups: This test measures muscular endurance of the upper body and will count the number of correct push-ups completed. Applicants must complete 15 push-ups to pass.
300 Meter Run: This test measures anaerobic power and will measure the time required to sprint 300 meters. Applicants must complete the course in 65.2 seconds to pass.
1 ½ Mile Run: This test provides an estimate of the cardio- respiratory fitness level and will measure the time required to run 1.5 miles. Applicants must complete the run in 15 minutes and 17 seconds to pass.
Applicants must successfully complete the Physical Ability Test in order to continue in the selection process. Unsuccessful applicants may retake the test after 30 days. Unsuccessful applicants can only test a total of three (3) times within a one (1) year period.
Video demonstration of the physical ability test ** Note that the vertical jump has been eliminated from the PAT test.
Applicants who successfully complete the Physical Ability Test will be given a “Conditional Offer of Employment”. The six (6) Steps and conditions of employment are listed below.
Step 1: Preliminary Interview:
The preliminary interview is a structured interview focused on behavior relevant to the essential job elements required for the position of Police Officer. The applicant’s interview skills, employment history, driving history, illegal substance abuse history and other relevant information will be assessed to determine if the applicant meets Anchorage Police Department standards.
The Background Investigation is a critical examination of an applicant’s past work and personal history. The Background Investigation phase takes the majority of time in the application process.
Applicants who are not successful during the Background Investigation phase are eligible to re-apply two (2) years from the date of the conditional offer unless otherwise indicated.
- Employment history
- Criminal and civil history checks
- Military records
- Driving history checks
- Credit history checks
- Spouses/significant others
- Employers, co-workers
- Secondary developed references
The Psychological Assessment is a two-part process, and is used to determine suitability for the position. The first part is a written exam, and the second part is an interview with a State of Alaska licensed Psychologist. The written exam can take approximately 4 – 6 hours to complete.
Applicants must successfully complete the Psychological Assessment in order to continue in the selection process. Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply after two (2) years.
Successful applicants will be required to submit to a Polygraph Examination.
Applicants must successfully complete the Polygraph Examination in order to continue in the selection process. Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply after two (2) years.
- Medical examination by an MOA designated licensed physician to determine if the applicant is physically sound and free from physical defects that would adversely affect the performance of duties required by a Police Officer.
- Satisfactory passing a drug screen
- Submission of a current copy of the applicants State of Alaska Driver’s License
- Submission of a current (dated within 30 days from the date requested) copy of his/her Department of Motor Vehicle driving record, including a driving record from previous states if the Alaska Driver’s License was first issued within one year prior to application, documenting an acceptable driving history. The processing fee(s) are the responsibility of the selected applicant.
For information on acceptable driving history, please refer to the MOA Driving Conviction Guidelines.
All information from pre-employment examinations are the property of the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) and are confidential. Copies of any pre-employment examinations will not be provided to the applicant by the MOA or the medical provider.
Selected applicants must successfully complete these remaining conditions in order to be hired. Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply after two (2) years from the date of the conditional offer.
For additional information, you can call the APD Recruitment Team at 907-786-8811 or email us at APDJobs@muni.org
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