At Polson Police, our standards are very high; our candidates must go
through a comprehensive recruitment selection and hiring process.
What sets us apart is that Polson PD is with you every step of the
way. We follow up with recruits while at the Academy; to pinpoint any
issues early enough to work on them, provide outstanding additional
training and invaluable Field Training. By the time you are on patrol,
we make sure you are completely prepared, professional and safe.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Police Officer with the
Polson Police Department. Our application process is detailed and time
consuming both for the applicant and the Polson Police Department.
This process involves several phases, and is designed to meet the
requirements of State and Federal law, City of Polson hiring policies,
and the particular requirements of the Polson Police Department.
Step 1 - Application
Please read all information thoroughly. Our information, though
sometimes repetitive, is aimed at answering any questions you have
about our recruitment process and ensuring that applicants provide all
the material that we require to accept a valid applicant. Download application.
A completed application will be reviewed prior to advancing in the hiring process.
Driver's record and criminal history will be obtained through the department.
Step 2 - Physical Ability Test
The Montana Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) has established certain
physical fitness requirements for acceptance into and continued
participation in the Law Enforcement Officer Basic Course. Many years
of considerable discussion and debate has generated much confusion and
in some instances, scorn, over physical fitness requirements.
The physical abilities test used by the MLEA is the Montana Physical
Abilities Test (MPAT). MPAT is a hybrid physical ability/job sample
physical abilities assessment process designed to evaluate law
enforcement officer candidates on essential physical capacities
required to satisfactorily perform job duties that are simulated or
performed in the training environment.
The physical fitness tests are designed to measure the strength,
flexibility and endurance. Law enforcement officers need to participate
in and successfully complete those areas of training that require
physical exertion. Test must be completed prior to advancing without Department approval.
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Step 3 - Behavioral Personnel Assessment Device (B-pad)
Measures candidate/s ethical decision-making ability in critical situations.
Require candidates to problem solve and show interpersonal skills.
Answers the question: Will this candidate work effectively with the public?
Improved standardization, fairness, and reliability over traditional
Applicants will view and interact with LE based scenarios. The responses will be
evaluated and scored based upon applicant?s ethics, problem solving techniques and
interpersonal skills. Knowledge of Law Enforcement is not considered for scoring for
positions not requiring experience.
Step 4 - Report Writing Examination
Applicants are required to pass a written examination for the position
of Entry-Level Police Officer. No prior law enforcement knowledge is
required to pass this examination. The test is designed to measure
general aptitude needed to perform the duties of a police officer.
Those candidates who pass the written examination will be scheduled
for the next step in the hiring process.
Step 5 - Applicant's Interview
A Polson Police representative will conduct an informal Interview with the applicant. The interview will include a review of the APPLICATION FOR EXAMINATION and PERSONAL HISTORY FORM.
Step 6 - Oral Interview Board
Upon competition of steps one thru five, applicants will be interviewed by Members of the Polson Police Commission and other representatives.
Step 7- Conditional Offer of Employment
Upon receiving a Conditional Offer of Employment applicant will be required to
successfully pass a Physical Medical Exam by a licensed Physician to ensure that
applicant is capable of performing Law Enforcement related duties. A Psychological
Evaluation will determine whether a candidate is mentally suitable to be a police
officer. A Psychological evaluation can consist of multiple types of tests and an
interview with the psychologist.
The Polson Police Department will then conduct a thorough background investigation, i.e.: interviews with previews or current employer, coworkers, friends, family and references.
Step 8 - Final Offer of Employment
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