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.

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

Hiring Process

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

  • Step One: NPD Physical Ability Test
  • 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

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 26-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
  • Firearms Training 
  • Police Vehicle Operations
  • Patrol Procedures and Tactics
  • Community Policing
  • Investigative Techniques
  • Human Relations
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Collision Investigation
  • Custody and Control
  • Physical Fitness

Police 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 Police 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.