Oklahoma Police Academy Requirements

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Joining a police academy is a milestone on the path to becoming a police officer. The Oklahoma police academy requirements are intended to set a high standard for potential officers. Below are all the requirements and disqualifying factors. Be aware that there is a lot of competition for police jobs so going above the minimum requirements is advised. Oklahoma police academy requirements consist of, in part, the following:

Age Requirement

Oklahoma police academy age requirements state that applicants must be between 21-45 years of age. Applicants may complete an application and proceed in the hiring process at 20 years of age if they will be 21 by the starting date of the next academy class.

Residency and Citizenship Requirement

Applicants must be a resident of Oklahoma and possess a valid Oklahoma driver’s license upon appointment as a State Police Cadet.

Applicants must be a United States citizen at the time of initial application.

Educational Requirement

Oklahoma Police Academy requirements for education state that the applicants must possess a high school diploma or General Equivalency Degree (GED) time of application. Correspondence or mail-order high school diplomas are not accepted.

At the time you become eligible to test for the rank of Lieutenant you must have earned 60 college credit hours with at least a letter grade of “C” and a Bachelor’s Degree to test for the rank of Captain.

All military veterans must have an HONORABLE DISCHARGE documented by a DD-214.

Automatic Disqualification Factors

Applicants are advised that the Oklahoma State Police will automatically disqualify any applicant who does not meet the general requirements as detailed below.  In addition, the following information is provided regarding our criteria for automatic disqualification:

  • Falsification,      omission, or misrepresentation of any information during the completion of      the Polygraph Screening Booklet, the Polygraph Examination, the Formal      Application for Employment, and any other documents/processes associated      with the Cadet Selection Procedures.
  • Substance      abuse/use within a prescribed time frame and/or that is beyond what is      considered experimental by the Oklahoma State Police.
  • Criminal      arrests/behavior which would not reflect well on the Oklahoma State      Police.

The core purpose of the Oklahoma State Police is to seek justice, preserve peace, and improve the quality of life for all.  As such, the Department has established the core values of Honor, Service, Integrity, Respect, Trust, Courage, and Duty, and is seeking applicants who possess these traits and conduct themselves accordingly.  Certain issues within a person’s background have been identified which will result in automatic disqualification, including but not limited to:  criminal conduct (actual arrest and/or admission of behavior whether or not arrested) and substance abuse.

A preliminary determination will be made by the Oklahoma State Police based upon information supplied; therefore, applicants must be forthright and honest in documenting their conduct.  Be advised that this preliminary determination is not binding as it is made based upon information provided by the applicant only.  Should an applicant continue in the selection process, the conduct will then be discussed and documented with a Oklahoma State Police Officer.

Applicants are advised that all information provided to the Oklahoma State Police is to contain no misrepresentation, falsification, omissions, or concealment of material fact and that, upon submission of any official document (on-line or otherwise), applicants swear or affirm that all information provided is true, complete, and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.  Applicants are further advised that all information provided is subject to later investigation.

Physical Agility Test

The standards are universal. There is no deviation in regard to sex, age or weight. The listed times or repetitions are the minimums which must be achieved by each applicant.

Although not required, we strongly suggest participants consult with their own medical doctor, as to their current physical condition, to determine their individual ability to perform these assessments.

Headphones will not be allowed.

Assessment Time/Repetitions
300 Meter Run 68 seconds
Sit Up 27 in 1 minute
Standard Push Up (no time limit) 18
1.5 mile run
*This is a run – no walking allowed
15 minutes 20 seconds

* NOTE:

The eligibility requirements are subject to change at any time.

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