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Frequently Asked Questions About MPD Employment
Q: What qualifications does it take to be a Moore Police Officer?
A: High school graduate or a General Education Diploma (GED).
Q: What is the citizenship requirement?
A: Applicant must provide proof of United States citizenship (Birth Certificate) or Resident Alien Status pursuant to an employment eligibility verification form from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. **Per STATE STATUE (oscn.net) 70 O.S. § 3311 E(i)
Q: How long is the hiring process for Police Officers?
A: The hiring process for police officers differs depending on CLEET availability; however, on average, the process is 2-4 months.
Q: Where do I attend the Police Academy?
A: The Moore Police Department collaborates with the Moore Norman Technology Center located in Norman, OK. Our police recruits attend their 18 weeks non-residential academy here locally.
Q: Are there any age or physical limitations on who can apply for the job?
A: You must be at least 21 years of age to be hired and no older than 45 years of age per CLEET and Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System OPPRS (ok.gov). Candidates often worry about their height, weight, vision, hearing or health history. As long as you are fit enough to take and pass the physical ability test and pre-employment medical exam, get through the Academy and are able to perform all the functions of day-to-day police work - there are no physical limitations on who can apply.
Q: Are your officers required to be residents of Moore?
Q: Do Most of your officers come from similar backgrounds?
A: No, the backgrounds of our officers are varied and diverse. Some of our officers have decided to proudly continue a family tradition of service. Others knew they wanted to be police officers ever since they can remember and come to the department with college degrees in Criminal Justice, although this is not required. Others have a prior military background, or have transferred to the department as a lateral hire from another agency. Still others are attracted to this career through their interactions with police officers in social work or law careers. However, many of our officers have backgrounds and interests not at all related to law enforcement and have decided to go into policing as a second or third career.
Q: When is it too late to go into policing?
A: Beside the age limit of 45, if you can meet the physical demands of the job, it is never too late to start your career in policing. Many of our officers have had other careers, and their prior fields have been as diverse as social work, meteorology, piloting commercial aircraft, information technology, law practice, engineering and professional athletes. Many of our officers go into policing because they want a career where they can see immediate results of their efforts and make a difference in people’s lives every day.
Q: What are suggestions to prep for testing?
A: We currently use the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) for the written test. Test-prep guides are available online Practice written exam (FREE) that would assist with test preparation.
We have changed our physical fitness requirements. The NEW tests consist of a “500 Meter Row” and a “1.5-mile Run” with a 10-minute break between the row and the run test. The row test is conducted first. Your row and run-time are calculated into percentage points. Your total score must equal 100%. (For example: if the row time percentage is 60%, your 1.5 miles run percentage must be 40%. The faster your row time, the more time you’re allotted for the 1.5 miles run)
Click the link for proper rowing instructions. https://youtu.be/4zWu1yuJ0_g
Q: Does it cost me to become an officer at Moore Police Department?
A: If hired as an officer, the Moore Police Department will pay for all training to be a certified officer in the State of Oklahoma. The Moore Police Department will also provide all required and necessary equipment to be an officer in this city as well as make sure you maintain your certification to be an officer in the State of Oklahoma (while employed at the agency). CLEET currently requires 25 hours of Continuing Education (CE) training, which includes 2 hours of mandatory mental health training.
Q: If I have received a speeding ticket recently, will that disqualify me for a Police Officer position?
A: No, a speeding ticket is not an automatic disqualifier. Your entire driving history will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications. Here are additional criteria we review to determine if you meet the minimum qualification Moore Police Department Disqualifiers.
Q: Are tattoos allowed at the Moore Police Department?
A: The Moore Police Department has taken steps to increase its pool of potential applicants by relaxing its policy on tattoos; however, tattoos or body art displaying the following are prohibited at all times:
- sexism, sexually suggestive, or explicit;
- obscenity or profane;
- gang, alcohol, or drug related;
- derogatory or in violation of any nondiscrimination laws;
- undermining City or department values;
- political in nature
Tattoos on the following body areas are prohibited from view while on duty, and shall be covered at all times:
- arms, hands and fingers
Body Piercing and Disfigurements:
Body piercing and intentional (decorative) disfigurement are prohibited from view. All piercings and intentional decorative disfigurements shall be covered while the staff member is on duty.
Note: There are exceptions for female police officers. They may wear pierced earrings of modest design and must not violate more specific department policy as written.
Q: Are Laterals (Certified Peace Officers) eligible for employment?
A: Police Officer applicants are eligible for a lateral transfer if they are currently employed as a full-time certified peace officer with a public law enforcement agency. Lateral Police Officer applicants with significant full-time peace officer experience will start at a higher pay scale. (Chief's descretion)
Q: Out-of-State Police Officers; How do I get certified in Oklahoma?
A: All certified law enforcement officers outside Oklahoma must apply for certification Reciprocity Application Packet 2021.pdf (ok.gov) and attend CLEET LEGAL BLOCK AND PASS THE CERTIFICATION EXAM (The link shows upcoming test dates.) Turn in the reciprocity package with your application, and once hired, the department schedules the appointments with CLEET.
Q: What is the application process?
- Add your information to the Contact List.
- When there are vacancies, Guardian Alliance Technologies will send you an email invitation requesting that you create an account. (Update your information if applied with a previous Guardian agency)
- Sign in to your account, complete the PHQ questionnaire, and upload the required documents (Birth Certificate, Transcripts, DL, etc.)
- Follow all instructions on the site and complete the PHQ questionnaire ASAP.
- We cannot review your PHQ questionnaire (application) until it’s 100% complete.
- Please don’t wait until you receive your requested documents from various schools and agencies to complete your PHQ. Upload documents as you receive them.
Please contact us at [email protected] for questions.
Q: How long is the training process before I’m on patrol?
A: The Basic Council of Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) is approximately 706 hours of training in a variety of areas (18 weeks). Criminal and traffic law, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, first aid and human relations and ethics are some of the major areas of instruction during this course. Other police related subjects such as accident investigation, criminal investigation, domestic violence and sexual assault, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, radar operations, drug and narcotics crimes, alcohol crimes, and firearms training are included in the areas an officer must study and pass before graduating. The course of study is designed to incorporate problem based learning as well as classroom exercises so the officers have a better idea of how to react to situations they will encounter when they return to their departments and agencies.
Upon graduation from CLEET, you will become a Student Officer. You will spend approximately 4 weeks at the Moore Police Department Advanced Training Unit where you will learn the laws specific to the City of Moore, department policy, standard operating procedures, and services specific to Moore.
After completing advanced training, you will enter the Field Training Program, with an experienced officer who will evaluate your performance in the patrol division.
Q: Is there any way to skip some of the training?
A: The only way to fast track some of your training is if you meet the criteria of a lateral or exceptional entry candidate authorized by the Chief of Police.
Q: I was in the Military/Military Police. Will that speed up my training process?
A: Prior military or military police training does not count as prior law enforcement training, and you will be considered an Entry Level candidate. However, please note that the Moore Police Department is an approved agency for G.I. Bill Benefits.
Q: I used to work in security or had a prior career/training that I think is applicable to the job. Can I skip some training?
A: No. You will probably find that some of your skills from prior careers are useful when working as a police officer, however, the only career that is applicable to this job is as a current certified law enforcement officer with a different agency.
Q: What hours will I work?
A: Patrol Officers work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week year round. Patrol officers work on a rotating schedule, and officers are assigned to one of the three shifts:
*Adam: 0700 – 1600
*Baker: 1500 – 2400
*Charlie: 2210 – 0710
Officers work 9 hours shifts so every other week they will have three consecutive days off work.
Q: Where will I be working?
A: New Patrol officers are assigned to one of the three shifts based on seniority within the department; however, at the three-year anniversary officers have other job possibilities (such as investigations, forensics, etc.) he/she can pursue within the agency based on availability.
Q: Do patrol officers just respond to dispatched calls?
A: As first responders, a big part of patrol is responding to 9-1-1 calls, which can range from the mundane to the truly extraordinary. Patrol officers also respond to "on-view" incidents, or a situation they see occurring. In addition, Patrol Officers get to know the area they are assigned to and the community members they serve within their beat. When not responding directly to calls, or providing backup to other officers, patrol officers use proactive time to combat on-going crime problems in specific neighborhoods.
Q: How much control do I have over how I handle my calls?
A: The Moore Police Department takes a lot of pride in our officers. Patrol officers are the most visible representatives of our Department to the community. That is why training is so rigorous - by the time you are assigned to patrol you are ready to work independently. With the confidence of knowing that your co-workers are there for backup, and a solid foundation of laws, policies and tactics, your response to each call is ultimately up to you.
Q: Is there any way to skip patrol and go directly into a specialty unit?
A: No. Entry-level candidates must have 3-5 years as a patrol officer in Moore before transfers or promotions, and laterals are open to specialty assignments after 1 year with the Chief's discretion. Having experience with the unpredictable and diverse nature of events, that come with patrol work is absolutely vital background knowledge before making a transition to any other type of police work. Modern policing is very complex and every city is very different so it is also important that you learn the specifics of this department and this city before any transfers.
People choose to go into policing because they love the job. In fact, many patrol officers find that they love the work so much that they choose to stay in patrol for their entire career. If you are not interested in patrol work at all and only want to be part of an advanced specialty unit, you are probably not ready to realistically consider a career in policing. The knowledge and experience officers gain in patrol work is instrumental to their growth and a vital step toward placement in a specialty unit.
• 6 Patrol Districts
• Crisis Negotiations
• K-9 Unit
• Criminal Investigations
• Traffic Unit
• Motor Unit
• Bike Unit
• Training Unit
• Community Policing Unit
• Drug Task Force
• School Resource Officers
• Honor Guard
• Recruiting Team
• Peer Support
• Civil Disturbance Team
Entry level Recruit to ten year Police Officer II range:
$56,716.51 - $73,080.01
(Laterals starting pay based on experience - $61,047.85-$66,774.86)
• Public Safety Retirement
• (120) Sick hours per calendar year
• (10-18)Vacation hours per month
• 10 Paid Holidays per year
• Shift Differential Pay
• Tuition Reimbursement
• Annual Uniform Allowance
• College Incentive Pay
• Bi-Lingual Incentive Pay
• Take-home vehicle
Industry leading weapons, equipment, and technology systems
(Pistol & Rifle w/Red dot, Drone program, iPad pro, electronic ticket writer w/printer, and Fingerprint scanner)
Take Home vehicle
Training ammo provided
Uniform allowance: $950/yr
(even though Moore PD furnishes all equipment)
Foreign language: $650/yr
($25 per language; i.e. Spanish and Sign Language =$50)
Master’s degree: $1,920/yr
(You get $ for the highest degree, not combined)
Bachelor’s degree: $1,620/yr
Associates’ degree: $1,320/yr
Advanced CLEET Cert: $1,020/yr
(We receive this IN ADDITION to the college stipend)
Intermediate CLEET: $720/yr
Evening Shift differential pay: $1,040/yr
Night Shift differential pay: $520/yr
Free life insurance (1.5x annual salary)
Cadillac Medical Insurance Plans
On-call court pay
Longevity pay after 3yrs
Generous time off accruals
(90 holiday leave hours, even IF you work the holiday. Time and a half on holidays too)