Join NPD - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live in the City of Norman to be eligible for employment with the Norman Police Department?

No. Employees may live outside the City of Norman but are held accountable for reporting to duty as scheduled. However, an employee's residential proximity to the Police Department may limit their selection or appointment to specialized teams, units, or training disciplines.  

Are visible tattoos allowed?

Yes, with restrictions. You may not have any visible tattoos on your hands, neck, scalp or face. The visible tattoos that you do have cannot be offensive, extremist, indecent, sexist or racist. A tattoo declaration form must be completed prior to be hired. Additional or modified tattoos and body art that is visible on-duty may be obtained with approval by the Chief of Police.

How do I apply to be a police officer?

The Norman Police Department is currently not accepting applications. Application packets are only available during open recruitment periods. We anticipate our next hiring period will be Spring 2022. 

What do I do if I don’t have my transcripts, birth certificate or Form DD-214 by the day of the testing?

Write a statement detailing that you have requested these items and will provide them to the City of Norman Human Resources Department upon receipt of the documents from the agency or school you have requested them from with your application packet. It is in your best interest to request these documents as early as possible, so that you can get them turned in ASAP. If the City of Norman does not have these documents at the time that the background investigation process begins, you could be eliminated from the process.

What do I need to bring with me to the test?

All you are required to bring with you to testing is a current driver’s license in order to check in to the test. You may want to bring water and snacks as the testing day can last several hours.

What is involved in the Physical Examination?

The physical examination requires you to demonstrate your ability to perform the necessary level of physical ability to perform the task associated with the position of police officer.

 

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

How can I best prepare for the Physical Examination?

An applicant can prepare by utilizing the published standards for the 1.5 mile run and 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

When do I need to turn in my college transcripts?

You need to turn in your official college transcripts with your employment application packet which is due prior to testing. 

If you do not have all of the required documents when you turn in your the employment application packet it will not be accepted.  A deadline for the documents is indicated in the employment application packet.

If I am already certified by CLEET, or capable of receiving reciprocal certification from my training in another state, do I still have to attend your academy?

Yes. All new employees competing for a commissioned police officer position are required to attend our police academy, but they also receive their full starting salary and benefits. The expectations of our community require that this initial training be designed to exceed the minimum requirements under state law and prepare each officer to deliver the highest quality of police service once they are on their own.

What part of my history can disqualify me from consideration as a police officer?

Title 18 of the US Code describes the many instances where a person is ineligible to carry a gun and, because of this, is unable to be commissioned with our department. Titles 50 and 70 of Oklahoma Statutes describe the requirements for acceptance into the Oklahoma Police Pension & Retirement System and for certification as a police officer by CLEET.

If I am hired, when does the police academy start?

The projected start date for the 60th Norman Police Academy is February 14, 2022. 

If I have more questions, who can I contact?

For further information, call a Police Recruiter at 405-307-7221 or email at [email protected]