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 testing. It will be collected upon successful completion of the written exam. 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
Male StandardsFemale Standards
 20 - 29 
years
 30 - 39 
years
 40 - 49 
years
 50 - 59 
years
 20 - 29 
years
 30 - 39 
years
 40 - 49 
years
 50 - 59 
years
vertical jump18"18"14.5"13" 13.5"11.1"9"n/a
one minute push-ups262015101397n/a
300 meter sprint62 sec63 sec77 sec87 sec75 sec82 sec106 secn/a
one minute sit-ups3532272130221712
1.5 mile run13:0813:4814:3316:1615:5616:4618:2620:17

The entire process, both written and physical testing, lasts 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.



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