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Are you ready to make a difference with a career in public service? 

Join the Norman Police Department for a career that offers the ability to make a positive impact in the Norman community while also providing the opportunity for rapid personal growth and development, involvement on multiple specialized units and teams, and the chance to work together with the community to create a safer Norman. 

The Norman Police Department is not currently accepting applications for police officer. 


Application Process

Qualifications for Employment

Applicants to the Norman Police Department:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States 
  • Must be between 21 and 45 years of age
  • Must have acquired a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Must possess a valid driver's license 
  • Must not be a convicted felon
  • Must maintain excellent physical condition

In addition, for an applicants seeking to be considered for lateral entry:

  • Must have two years of prior full-time law enforcement experience with arrest powers. Officer must be in good standing with previous law enforcement agency. 
  • Law enforcement certification must be current or the applicant must have been employed as a full time peace office for at least three months within the two year period immediately preceding the request for Oklahoma certification (out of state applicants) or submission of application for employment to this agency (Oklahoma CLEET Certified Applicants).
  • Part-time, military, detention, reserve police officer, park ranger/park police, capitol police, court security, special district police, railroad police, and Federal Law Enforcement personnel will NOT be considered as previous related experience.
  • If hired, lateral entry candidates will enter the academy at pay grade F25-Step One ($51,705) up to Step 3 ($55,924) and will continue in the pay scale according to the agreement established between the City of Norman and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 122. 
  • Lateral entry does require the applicant to attend the full 27-week academy. 
  • Lateral entry does not mean lateral rank, special team position guarantees, or supervisory position / responsibilities. 
  • Lateral entry applicants must have the ability to testify in legal proceedings with no conflict in relation to U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83(1963).

The Norman Police Department is an equal opportunity employer who seeks to hire a diverse workforce reflective of the community we serve. 


The following listings are disqualifiers for the position of Police Officer with the Norman Police Department. 

Under Norman Chief of Police's Directive:

  • Any use of a controlled substance or illegal drug within the last five years, excluding marijuana and prescription medicine.
  • Any use of a substance, primarily to alter their physical or mental condition, within the last two years or has used any substance a total of 20 or more times within the last six years. This excludes prescription medication and alcohol, but includes recreational and medical marijuana. Marijuana, whether it is used medically or recreationally, remains a violation of the Federal Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §§ 801 et seq.

State Law:

  • Applicant has a FBI or OSBI record of a conviction of a felony, a crime of moral turpitude, or domestic violence. (70OS3311(E)(1),(a)(b)(J)(1)(a-b),(E)and(J)(5)(F)
  • Applicant has received a verdict of guilt or entered a plea of nolo contendere, or is participating in a deferred sentence, for a felony, a crime involving moral turpitude or a domestic violence offense. (70OS3311(E)(1),(e)  (J)(1)(c),and(J)(6)(F))
  • Applicant is subject to an order of the Council (CLEET) revoking, suspending, or accepting a voluntary surrender of their peace officer certification. (70OS3311 (E) (1), (f) (F))
  • Applicant has voluntarily surrendered and relinquished their peace officer certification to CLEET within five (5) years of the date of this application. (70OS3311 (J) (10) (a))
  • Applicant has had their police or peace officer certification from another state revoked or voluntarily surrendered within five (5) years of the date of this application. (70OS3311 (J) (1) (e), and ((J) (10) (b)
  • A psychologist licensed by the State of Oklahoma within one (1) year of application has found applicant unsuitable for employment or certification. (70OS3311 (E) (2) (a))
  • Applicant does not possess a high school diploma or a GED equivalency certificate. (70OS3311 (E) (1), (d) 
  • Applicant is under 21, or more than 45, years of age prior to certification as an officer. (11OS50-112(A)), and70OS3311 (E) (h))
  • Applicant cannot provide proof of United States citizenship or resident alien status. (70OS3311 (E) (1) (i)
  • Applicant has willfully misrepresented information in an employment application, application to the Council (CLEET), records of evidence, or in testimony under oath. (70OS3311 (J) (1) (d))
  • Applicant is currently undergoing treatment for a mental illness, condition or disorder. For purposes of this subsection, "currently undergoing treatment for mental illness, condition or disorder" means the person has been diagnosed by a licensed physician , psychologist, or licensed mental health professional as being afflicted with a substantial disorder of thought, mood, perception, psychological orientation or memory that significantly impairs judgment, behavior, capacity to recognize reality, or ability to meet the ordinary demands of life and such condition continues to exist. (70OS3311 (E) (1), (g) (J) (7))
  • Applicant has an interest, financial or otherwise, in a wrecker or towing service, or with a person or in a business that derives business or income from a wrecker or towing service. (47OS72 956(C)
Federal Law:
  • Applicant has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. (18USC922 (g) (1))
  • Applicant is a fugitive from justice. (18USC922 (g) (2))
  • Applicant is an unlawful user to any controlled substance. (18USC922 (g) (3))
  • Applicant has been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution. (18USC922 (g) (4))
  • Applicant, being an alien, is illegally or unlawfully in the United States; or has been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa. (18USC922 (g) (5))
  • Applicant has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions. (18USC922 (g) (6))
  • Applicant, having once been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his citizenship. (18USC922 (g) (7))
  • Applicant is subject to a court order that restrains the applicant from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of an intimate partner. (18USC922 (g) (8))
  • Applicant has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. (18USC922 (g) (9))

Hiring Process

Applicants to the Norman Police Department must successfully complete the following steps. 

  • Step One: Physical Examination
  • Step Two: Written Examination 
  • Step Three: Initial Interview Board
  • Step Four: Personal History Statement & Background Investigation 
  • Step Five: Hiring Interview Board
  • Step Six: Psychological Evaluation
  • Step Seven: Polygraph
  • Step Eight: Medical Evaluation & Drug Screening
  • Step Nine: Physical Testing Reevaluation 

Norman Police Academy

Norman Police Academy

Upon your appointment as a Police Recruit with the Norman Police Department, you will begin the Norman Police Academy. The 27-week academy is an intensive training program that exceeds the minimum standards set forth by the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET). Applicants are paid employees receiving full salary and benefits while attending the academy. All uniforms and equipment are provided. Academy training includes classroom instruction and practical field exercises on subjects ranging from criminal law to self-defense.

Courses of instruction include:

  • Criminal Law
  • De-escalation Training
  • Firearms Training 
  • Mental Health / Crisis Intervention Training
  • Police Vehicle Operations
  • Patrol Procedures and Tactics
  • Community Policing
  • RITE (Racial Intelligence Training & Engagement)
  • Investigative Techniques
  • Human Relations
  • Cultural Awareness 
  • Diversity Training
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Collision Investigation
  • Custody and Control
  • Physical Fitness

Field Training Program 

Upon successful completion of the Norman Police Academy, probationary officers will participate in field training for 16-weeks rotating through all three patrol shifts to finish their training process.

All probationary officers who complete the Field Training Program are assigned to one of three patrol shifts. All patrol shifts are ten hours in length. Patrol officers work four days on with three days off. 

After successful completion of the training program, officers are removed from probationary status. Daily activities include patrolling the City of Norman, responding to calls for service, investigating crimes and traffic collisions, making arrests, issuing citations, working with citizens to solve community problems, assisting other local first responders, and testifying in municipal and state court. 

Benefit Summary

Police officer benefit summary:

  • Vacation leave is accrued annually as follows: 0-60 Months 12 Days, 61-120 Months 15 Days, 121-180 Months 18 Days, 181-240 Months 21 Days, 241+ Months 24 Days
  • Sick leave is accrued at one shift per month
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Group Health and Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Tuition Assistance
  • College Incentive Pay
  • Longevity Pay
  • Retirement
  • Uniform/Equipment Allowance
  • Shift Differential Pay
  • Bilingual/Translator Pay


Police officer base salaries (As of July 2020):

  • Date of Entry (DOE) $51,705
  • 0.5 years from DOE $53,775
  • 1.5 Years from DOE $55,924
  • 2.5 Years from DOE $58,161
  • 3.5 Years from DOE $60,489
  • 4.5 Years from DOE $65,424 and promotion to MPO
  • 5.5 Years from DOE $68,042
  • 6.5 Years from DOE $70,763
  • 7.5 Years from DOE $73,593
  • 8.5 Years from DOE $76,536
  • 9.5 Years from DOE $79,599
  • 10.5 Years from DOE $81,986

The above number represents the base pay for police officers and does not include college incentive pay, holiday pay, overtime pay, longevity pay, shift differential and uniform and cleaning allowances. These would all be in addition to base pay listed above.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Review of our Frequently Asked Questions resources to get information on our most asked questions by applicants. 

Testing Resources

Applicants for the position of police officer with the Norman Police Department must pass a written examination (Police Officer Selection Test) and meet the physical fitness and ability requirement as determined by the department's physical examination.

The department's physical ability examination consists of two events: a timed 1.5 mile run and a 500 meter row sprint. All applicant are required to pass the department's physical ability test to continue in the application process. The percentage scores from both tests will be averaged for a total physical examination score. The total score average for both events must be at the minimum of the 35th percentile to be considered a passing score. Below are the scoring rubrics for the run and row. 

1.5 Mile Run Standards - Female Applicant 

1.5 Mile Run Standards - Male Applicant

500 Meter Row Standards - All Applicants

Purchase and download the Written Examination Study Guide and Practice Test


Contact a Recruiter

Questions about the application or testing process?

Contact the Norman Police Department Personnel Section by phone at 405-307-7221, by email at [email protected], or by completing our online contact form

Specialized Teams and Units

The Norman Police Department offers numerous specialized teams and units with the agency. Special duty assignments allow officers to further discover certain talents and specialized areas of law enforcement. 

NPD's Specialized Units and Teams include:

  • Bicycle Team
  • Hazardous Devices Unit (HDU)
  • Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT)
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Crisis Negotiations 
  • SWAT Team
  • Field Training Officer 
  • Honor Guard 
  • Canine Officer
  • Physical Fitness Instructor 
  • Firearms Instructor 
  • Special Operations Section 
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • Traffic Enforcement 
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