Now Hiring!


The hiring process is slated to begin in October. We have developed classes for both lateral transfer officers and police recruits. Applications can be completed through the Lincoln/Lancaster County Human Resources Department.


Lateral Transfer Applicants

  • The lateral academy will begin in January 2021.
  • Applications for lateral transfers open Friday, October 2nd at midnight and close Friday, October 30th.
  • Testing dates:
    • Saturday, November 7, 2020
    • Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Police Recruit Applicants

  • The recruit academy will begin in July 2021.
  • Applications for 'new to law enforcement' candidates open Friday, November 6th at midnight and close Friday, December 4th.
  • Testing dates:
    • Friday, January 8, 2021
    • Saturday, January 9, 2021
    • Wednesday, January 13, 2021
    • Saturday, January 16, 2021


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.

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 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.


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.

  • Saturday, December 12, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 19, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Minimum Physical Requirements

The entire testing process (written & physical abilities) will last approximately six hours on each testing date. If you don't already exercise, now is the time to start a progressive training program so you can be physically prepared to complete all of the required tests. The physical testing includes a 1.5 mile run, vertical jump, sit ups, push ups, and a 300 meter sprint. Applicants must meet a minimum score in all physical ability events. A description of the physical ability testing will also be sent to you via e-mail.


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