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The selection process for Entry Police Officer includes a physical ability test, a P.O.S.T. written multiple–choice exam, an oral interview involving hypothetical situations, a background investigation that includes a polygraph examination, in addition to both a psychological and medical evaluation.
Please note that the City of Oakland reserves the right to modify the selection process based on administrative considerations, legal requirements, and/or business/operational necessities. Workshops, seminars, and practice tests are available. Please visit the Workshop page for specific dates, times, and locations.
Physical Ability Test (PAT)
The Physical Ability Test consists of a timed series of six (6) events. The first 5 events must be completed within 2 minutes and 35 seconds. The last event (handcuff simulation) requires you to participate for 30 seconds, while maintaining a proper posture (as explained below), in order to receive an overall passing grade. A failing grade will be assigned if you are unable to complete one or more of the six events in the allotted time.
PAT Event Information
- Cone Maze: While running through the cone maze, you may not knock over or move any of the cones from its original position. If you do, you will be asked to put the cone back to its original position. The additional time you use to do so will be counted toward your overall qualifying time.
- Fence Climb: You will have three (3) chances to climb over the 5-foot fence. If you fail to go over the fence after 3 attempts, the proctor will stop the test and give you a failing grade. While climbing the fence, you may not use the support on either side of the fence to assist you.
- Ditch Jump: You will have three (3) chances to jump over the simulated 4-foot ditch (rubber mats). Your foot must not come in contact with the ditch area at anytime. If you fail to complete this event after 3 attempts, the proctor will stop the test and give you a failing grade.
- Stair Climb/Window Entry: When climbing the stairs and going through the window, you must step on each stair on both the front and backside of the simulated window frame. You may use any part of the window frame to brace yourself in order to help facilitate your climb through the window frame.
- Dummy Drag: In order to pass this event, you must successfully drag the dummy around the designated cone and drop it after it crosses over the black tape marker. Then you will run as quickly as you can to the handcuff simulator platform. Your timed run will end when you pass the finish line.
- Handcuffing Simulator: This is the last event of the Physical Ability Test. You are allowed three (3) attempts to complete. You must grasp each end of the bar and bend the bar until both ends touch. You must hold the bar in this position for 30 seconds. You may not inter-lock your fingers and your hands must not touch your chest at any time. If you let the ends of the bar separate, even slightly, your time will be restarted and you must begin the event again. Remember: The time begins when the ends of the bar touch.
P.O.S.T. Written Multiple–Choice Exam
The P.O.S.T. written examination measures basic skills such as writing and reading comprehension. This exam is administered in a proctored, group setting with oral instructions. Approximately three weeks after the P.O.S.T. written exam is administered, successful applicants will receive notice regarding their scheduled Oral Interview Appointment.
To prepare for the P.O.S.T. written exam, please visit passingthepost.com.
P.O.S.T. T-Score Waiver
Applicants who have previously taken the P.O.S.T. written exam may apply on-line to waive the written exam by submitting a T-Score Waiver Packet. T-scores must be within 12-months of application. The passing T-Score for Oakland is 45.
To ensure a timely response and scheduling of the oral board interview upon verification of the T-score from P.O.S.T; applicants must submit all of the required documents including:
· Supplemental Questionnaire/Market Survey
· Copy of the T-score letter on testing agency letterhead
Oral Board Interview
Successful applicants will participate in an interview designed to evaluate job–related skills and abilities such as oral communication, interpersonal skills, and judgment. In addition to general questions, applicants will be presented with hypothetical scenarios and asked to explain how they would respond to each situation.
The Department of Personnel and Resource Management (DPRM) will send each candidate an electronic version of the Personal History Statement (PHS) and detailed instructions prior to the Oral Board Interview. The completed 32 page PHS must be submitted to the DPRM at the scheduled Oral Board Interview.
Applicants will undergo a thorough background investigation that will include a polygraph examination, psychological assessment and medical evaluation.
Applicants will be individually evaluated by the City Physician based on the ability to meet the physical demands of the position, including vision standards. For more information about the vision standards, visit the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) website at www.post.ca.gov.