How Could I Become a Police Officer?

To apply for the position of an Allegheny County Police Officer, you must be a citizen of the United States or have naturalization papers. Applicants must maintain a permanent residence in the county after one year. A photocopy of your driver's license is necessary for proof of residency. You must possess a valid Pennsylvania motor vehicle driver's license.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. A written examination will be given covering the knowledge, skills and abilities related to the duties of a police officer. An oral and psychological exam will be administered to the top scoring candidates. Applicants must pass all sections of the written exam to be eligible for the oral exam.

All applicants must complete a physical examination prior to appointment. Vision must be 20/20 corrected, and weight must be proportional to height as determined by a physical exam.

Any applicant claiming veteran's preference must submit a photocopy of his/her DD214 form with the application. Ten additional points will be added to the passing scores of eligible veterans. Widows claiming their spouse's points must submit a copy of death certificate with DD214 form. Women who served under maiden names must submit proof of name change.