Officers

Applications & Testing


  • Applications for Police Trainee open Saturday, April 24, 2021 and continue through Sunday, May 23, 2021.

  • Submit an Application
  •  If you have questions about the recruitment process, training or working at LPD   Contact a Recruiter
 
Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • United States Citizen
  • No Felony or Domestic Assault convictions
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Age: 21

Testing

The written test is administered at the Lincoln Police Department, in Classrooms A, B & C. Doors open at 8:00 a.m., testing begins at 8:30 a.m.

Testing Dates:

  • Wednesday, June 2, 2021
  • Saturday, June 5, 2021
  • Friday, June 11, 2021
  • Saturday, June 12, 2021

On the day of testing, the written portion of the test will be administered first. You will receive a study guide for the written portion of the exam two weeks prior to the test. This is a very important part of the hiring process. You must put forth the time and effort to study this information. The higher you score, the better your chances of being hired for the academy. Only those who pass the written test will move forward to the physical ability testing.

The Lincoln Police Personal History Statement must be completed prior to your testing date. Failure to submit the Personal History Statement will result in disqualification. The required documents (such as transcripts, marriage licenses, etc.) will not be needed until the oral interview.

Study Sessions

Optional study sessions are held to assist with preparing for the Police Office Standardized Test (POST). These sessions take place at the Lincoln Police Department, Classroom A.

Study sessions:

  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 29, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

Selection Process

Written Examination


The pre-employment written examination will measure cognitive abilities that are necessary for effective performance as a police officer. The cognitive section includes problem-solving, reading comprehension, mathematics and writing ability. A Study Guide will be sent, by the City of Lincoln Human Resources Department, approximately 2 weeks prior to the test. Only those applicants who achieve a passing score of at least 68% will move on to the Physical Fitness Ability Test, which will be conducted the same day.

The Lincoln Police Personal History Statement  must be completed prior to your testing date. Failure to submit the Personal History Statement will result in disqualification. The required documents (such as transcripts, marriage licenses, etc.) will not be needed until the oral interview.

Physical Fitness Ability Test


Candidates who attain a passing score on the written examination will advance to the physical fitness ability testing that afternoon. Applicants must meet a minimum score of at least a 30% average over all physical ability events. More information on scoring can be found on Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center's website. The physical test consists of five events:

  • vertical jump
  • one minute push-ups
  • 300 meter sprint
  • one minute sit-ups
  • 1.5 mile run
Female Standards
|  20 - 29 years  |  30 - 39 years  |  40 - 49 years  |  50 - 59 years 
vertical jump 13.5" 11.1" 9" n/a
one minute push-ups 13 9 7 n/a
300 meter sprint 75 sec 82 sec 106 sec n/a
one minute sit-ups 30 22 17 12
1.5 mile run 15:56 16:46 18:26 20:17

 

Male Standards
|  20 - 29 years  |  30 - 39 years  |  40 - 49 years  |  50 - 59 years 
vertical jump 18" 18" 14.5" 13"
one minute push-ups 26 20 15 10
300 meter sprint 62 sec 63 sec 77 sec 87 sec
one minute sit-ups 35 32 27 21
1.5 mile run 13:08 13:48 14:33 16:16

 

The entire process, both written and physical testing, will last approximately six hours on each testing date.

Interview


Candidates who successfully complete the written exam and physical ability test will be scheduled for an oral interview. This interview covers all aspects of the person's life, including education, work history, military experience, drug and alcohol use, traffic record, arrests, litigation, financial history, family history, references, and history of bias or discrimination. Lincoln Police Department's academy is certified through the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center. We follow the same general admission requirements and certification standards when reviewing applicants.

Further Evaluation


The most qualified candidates are then given conditional offers of employment. These offers are conditional as the applicants must still successfully complete a four-hour psychological examination and a three-hour polygraph examination. The psychological evaluation is extremely detailed and examines the candidate for any indications of biased or discriminatory beliefs. Included in the evaluation are the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), the Neo Personality Inventory, and the Mental Status Exam Screening Inventory. This is all followed by a one on one interview with a trained psychologist. The applicants must also complete a medical examination with drug test and the Test of Adult Education (TABE). The TABE is a two-hour test of the applicant's reading comprehension and language skills.

During this entire process, the background investigators are scrutinizing the candidate's past, searching law enforcement databases, government databases, social media, credit reporting agencies, checking references, and contacting people who may have had past contact with the applicant to ensure the applicant has been truthful throughout the process.

If the candidate passes all of the evaluations and their background investigation, the candidate will be placed on a ranking list which will be used to determine who will receive the final offer to begin the LPD basic law enforcement academy.

 

Training


academy1.jpgCandidates who are offered and accept employment with the Lincoln Police Department must undergo training, which is 21 weeks in length. It is a classroom style academy that meets Monday-Friday in Lincoln. Recruits do not live-in and are not subjected to a boot-camp atmosphere.

View a sample academy schedule(PDF, 324KB)

New recruits are initially appointed as police trainees, and are paid $20.26/hour while attending the academy. Those successfully completing the academy are appointed as commissioned police officers with commensurate salary and benefits, and begin a field training and evaluation program.

The field training and evaluation program takes approximately 22 weeks to complete. During this training phase, the new officers are assigned to work with a designated field training officer whose job is to train and evaluate their performance. New officers are rotated to a different field training officer every four weeks. New officers must reach an acceptable level in all performance areas by the completion of the program. Successful officers are then transferred to the Operations Division for solo team assignments.

Officer duties fall into four main categories: traffic, crime control, social control, and management which occur with considerable regularity and overlap into several different areas. The responsibility of traffic control encompasses traffic accident prevention, traffic law enforcement, and maintenance of orderly offenses and the apprehension of offenders. The duty of social control occasionally calls for an arrest or the application of the law as a means to restore order. Management includes tasks intended to ensure the efficient and effective application of resources in coping with identified police problems. 

 

Career Opportunities & Benefits

Officers of the Lincoln Police Department are afforded with many opportunities to develop their careers. Along with the City's college incentive program and the department's in-service training, officers are able to compete for promotional positions. All promotions are based upon merit, as determined by a competitive promotional process administered by the City of Lincoln Human Resources Department.

A number of specialized positions in the department are available to qualified officers as openings occur. These specialized positions can be in the following units: Crime Prevention, Criminal Investigations, Education and Personnel, Special Victims, K-9, Narcotics, Traffic Safety, Technical Investigations and others.

The Lincoln Police Department presently consists of approximately 500 total employees (353 sworn, 150 civilian). The department maintains a police garage, weapons range, weight training facility, classrooms, computer lab and criminal justice library.

If you have additional questions about employment with LPD or the hiring process Contact a Recruiter


Benefits

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Employee Representation

Lincoln Police Officers are represented by the Lincoln Police Union.

Uniforms and Equipment

Provided at no cost to the employee.

Salary

The current officer pay range is from $57,507/year up to $81,290/year. In addition, employees are paid at the rate of time and one-half for all overtime hours. A minimum of two hours of overtime is provided when an employee is called in off-duty, unless it is a regular day off or a vacation day, then a minimum of four hours of overtime pay is granted. Standby pay is also a contract provision.

Lateral Entry

On the recommendation of the chief of police, applicants with more than one (1) year of continuous, full time law enforcement experience may be approved to begin employment at a higher pay grade. This recommendation will be based on the applicant's years of experience as a certified law enforcement officer, the applicant's current base salary and the state which has issued the applicant's law enforcement certification.

Educational Pay

An employee will receive $300 for an Associate Degree and $750 for a Bachelor Degree annually. An employee may also be reimbursed for approved college courses.

Bilingual Pay

If an officer is able to demonstrate proficiency to interpret conversations in other eligible languages they may receive bilingual pay of $100 per month.

Longevity Pay

An employee will receive an additional $700 annually beginning with the eighth year of service. This longevity pay will increase at the completion of 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service with the top end longevity pay at $3,300 annually.

Uniform Cleaning

Officers receive $35/month allowance for the cleaning of uniforms.

Body Armor

swat3_s.jpgOfficers are reimbursed up to $800 for the purchase of protective body armor once every five years. The body armor is the property of the individual officer after one year of service.

Vacation

After successful completion of the first six months of employment - at the factored hourly equivalent of forty hours for the second six months of service. After the first year of service, 88 hours per year. After five years, 128 hours per year. After ten years, 144 hours per year. After 15 years, 168 hours per year. After 20 years, 200 hours per year. After 25 years, 208 hours per year.

Holidays

Officers may be paid for seven holidays each year or they may elect to accumulate up to 82 hours in a holiday bank. This time may then be taken as time off during the year. The city will provide 42 additional non cumulative personal holiday hours each fiscal year.

Sick Leave

Officers earn eight hours of sick leave for each full month of service. Sick leave is earned but cannot be taken during the first six months of employment.

Insurance

The City shall provide each regular employee a $60,000 life insurance policy. Optional family coverage is available at a reduced cost. If an officer elects family coverage, he or she may select health insurance from the city group health plan. In regard to dental insurance, the City contributes 100% of the single premium. Officers are eligible for insurance benefits 90 days after the date of hire.

The City of Lincoln is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer who is committed to recruit, hire, promote or transfer employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, age (40-70), marital status, receipt of public assistance, or political affiliation, except that no person shall be employed who advocates or belongs to a group which advocates the violent overthrow of our government.

These benefits are currently provided and are subject to change due to collective bargaining sessions between the Lincoln Police Union and the City of Lincoln. 

Contact a Recruiter

Office Hours 8:00am - 4:00pm
Monday-Friday
Recruitment Officer

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Officer Nate Grimm
(402) 441-7231
E-mail

 

 
Personnel Sergeant

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Sergeant Brad Junker
(402) 441-7240
E-mail