Exam Announcement Details
Exam Title Police Officer Recruit (General) (Bilingual)
Exam Number 6A01-20190506-OC-99
Salary $52,873 per year
Announcement Date 05/06/2019
Close Date 05/31/2019
This is training level work in general duty police activities involving the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws, and the investigation of crimes. An employee in this class receives formal training at the Police Academy and on-the-job experience preparatory to assuming full patrol duties. Work is performed under the supervision of a police supervisor and requires regular exposure to uncontrolled and/or unpredictable conditions. The work requires frequent exercise of moderate physical effort.
Union Code P. Police (FOP)
FLSA Code Non-Exempt
Minimum Training, Education & Experience
The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Candidates must meet requirements within 30 days after the last date for filing applications: June 30, 2019.
1. EDUCATION - Education equivalent to the completion of high school.
2. AGE REQUIREMENT - Must be Twenty-two (22) years of age at the time of appointment to the class.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR THE BILINGUAL SPECIALTY - For candidates claiming bilingual fluency only:
Sufficient training and/or experience to be able to understand and speak fluently and clearly in English and the designated non-English language.
Both Bilingual and Non-Bilingual Candidates eligible to apply!
Physical & Medical Requirements
Ability to meet the physical and medical standards approved for this class.
Required Licenses & Certifications
Must obtain and maintain a Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Certification from the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission during tenure of employment as a Police Officer Recruit.
Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by any state at the time of appointment to the Police Officer Recruit class.
Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania within 60 days of establishing Pennsylvania residency and/or prior to the expiration of the residency waiver and during tenure of employment as a Police Officer Recruit.
In order to get additional points applied to scores, candidates MUST submit a copy of their DD214 Member-4, official college transcript, legacy documentation, and/or volunteer service letter.
It is an absolute requirement that you provide this documentation by June 30, 2019. It is Optional whether you provide this documentation by attaching it to this application or submitting via email, mail or fax by June 30, 2019. Your options are further explained below:
Option 1 - Upload an official copy of your documentation and attach to this application - Good for this application and all future applications!
You may upload the documentation into your account, and attach to this application. Once uploaded to your account, the documentation may be attached to all future applications. This will save you time and money if you apply for an examination in the future. This also ensures that your documentation will not be misplaced.
Your documentation should be uploaded and attached to your application before it is submitted. It cannot be uploaded or added to your application electronically after your application has been submitted.
Option 2 - Submit an official copy of your documentation via email, mail or fax - One time use only!
If you submit the required documentation via email, mail or fax, it will be used for this application only. You will have to submit the documentation again whenever you apply for an examination in the future. Copies of the documentation will not be retained and will not be returned to applicants.
Email Address: (see application details)
Fax: (see application details)
City of Philadelphia
Office of Human Resources
1401 J.F. Kennedy Boulevard, Room 1530
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Attention: Laura Knox
EVALUATION OF FITNESS FOR DUTY - Candidates who pass the examination will have their names placed on the eligible list. Eligible candidates will be notified to appear for evaluations of fitness in such numbers and at such times as the Director may determine to be necessary or convenient. The number of candidates referred to the evaluation of fitness will be based on an estimate of the number of candidates who will be successful in the evaluation of fitness. Evaluations of fitness shall be related to the requirements of the job.
Candidates must comply with the physical agility, reading, medical examination, psychological examination, background investigation and all other requirements of the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission to be eligible for appointment as a Police Officer Recruit.
Failure to pass any of these evaluations may disqualify the candidate for appointment and may result in the removal of the candidate's name from a certification or from an eligible list.
The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at (see application details) or send an email to (see application details). For more information, go to: www.phila.gov/humanrelations
The City of Philadelphia is committed to ensuring access to Civil Service examinations by providing appropriate accommodations for candidates with documented medical or religious reasons. Candidates may request an accommodation for a Civil Service examination by contacting the Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Unit of the Mayor's Office of Labor Relations at (see application details). The accommodation process is interactive and requires cooperation and communication between the applicant requesting a test accommodation and the EEO Unit. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis using the required documentation that is submitted. Requests are to be made in a timely manner prior to the scheduled date of the Civil Service examination.
As a condition of employment with the City, any person offered employment shall be required to certify that such person either is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the City; or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with the City. For so long as the person is employed by the City, the amount of the payment as set forth in the payment agreement (not to exceed, for any pay period, twenty percent (20%) of the person's gross pay for such period, without the person's consent) shall be withheld from each paycheck until such payment agreement is fully satisfied.
Such person shall also be required to certify as a condition of employment that he or she is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the Philadelphia Gas Works ( PGW ) or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with PGW .
Failure to enter into a payment agreement shall result in the cancellation of the appointment and removal from the certification. The name of the eligible candidate will be returned to the eligible list.
Only an on-line application will be accepted for this exam. Paper applications will not be accepted.
Computers are available in the 3-1-1 Walk-In Center located in Room 167 of City Hall (Weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM) and at your local Philadelphia Free Library branch.
For inquiries regarding City employment, contact the Office of Human Resources Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 4 PM by telephone at (see application details) or by email at (see application details)
ALL Applications must be received by the end of business on May 31, 2019.
Your application will be rejected and you will be disqualified from competing in this examination if you:
1) Do not provide your complete and accurate social security number.
2) Attempt to practice fraud or deception in the preparation of this application
All correspondence and notifications will be sent to your e-mail address or postal address listed in the contact information (address, phone #, e-mail) of your account profile. Your contact information will be automatically updated each time you submit an application for employment . It is your responsibility to change your contact information and to ensure that it is correct
If you provide an e-mail address, all correspondence regarding this examination will be sent to you by e-mail. You should add (see application details) to your address book or list of trusted contacts to prevent notices from being marked as spam by your e-mail provider.
Please call the Office of Human Resources at (see application details) or email (see application details) if you have any questions.
Information concerning employment with the City of Philadelphia may be found at:
Notes to Applicants
OPEN - COMPETITIVE - Only an open competitive eligible list will be established as a result of this examination. Permanent City employees will receive no promotional preference in this examination.
Candidates who pass the exam and are placed on the civil service list will be retained on the list for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years after the establishment of the Eligible List.
RESIDENCY WAIVER : The Civil Service Commission has waived the usual requirement that candidates must be residents of Philadelphia within six (6) months of appointment. Establishment of residency in Philadelphia will be required no later than one (1) year after appointment.
PREFERENCE FOR PHILADELPHIA RESIDENTS - Candidates who have maintained a bona fide residence in Philadelphia for at least one year prior to the date of the civil service examination shall have priority over all other persons receiving an identical test score. For Training and Experience evaluations, in which applicants will not be asked to appear to take a scheduled examination, the residency preference eligibility date is the planned eligible list date listed on this application, July 15, 2019.
Your response to the residency question on this application will be used to determine eligibility for residency preference. Documentation of residence may be required if there is any question as to whether you meet the residency preference requirements.
U.S. VETERAN'S PREFERENCE - Ten points for veteran's preference will be added to the scores of eligible veterans who apply for open competitive tests and pass the examination. You must be honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces. Attach a DD214, member 4, to your application if you wish your eligibility to be reviewed. Spouses of disabled or deceased veterans may also be considered.
LEGACY PREFERENCE - The children or grandchildren of Philadelphia Firefighters or Police Officers who were killed or died in the line of duty shall be accorded a preference in open competitive civil service entrance examinations. Candidates who qualify for this preference and who take and pass open competitive civil service examinations shall have ten points added to their final score. The candidate must successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE PREFERENCE - Up to 5 additional points will be added to the examination score of any candidate who has passed the open competitive examination and who has:
A. Successfully completed a term of volunteer service with Peace Corps, AmeriCorps NCCC (including FEMA Corps), or AmeriCorps VISTA
Such candidates will be awarded five (5) points for the completion of a two-year term of service or three (3) points for the completion of a one year term of service.
B. Successfully completed at least 450 hours of service with AmeriCorps State and National (including Teach for America).
Such candidates will have:
- 1 point added to their final score if they have completed 450 Hours of the above service.
- 2 points added to their final score if they have completed 675 Hours of the above service.
- 3 points added to their final score if they have completed 900 Hours of the above service.
- 5 points added to their final score if they have completed 1700 Hours of the above service.
The candidate must successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.
ADDITIONAL POINTS - Additional points will be added to the examination score of any candidate who has passed the open competitive examination and who has:
A. Successfully completed the Philadelphia Police Explorers Cadet Program - Such candidates will be awarded three (3) points for the completion of a minimum of two years service with the Philadelphia Police Explorers Cadet Program, which has included 672 hours training offered by the Philadelphia Police Department and an additional 298 hours of community service or external training.
B. Successfully completed a course of study at an accredited college or university - All course work must have been successfully completed no later than June 30, 2019.
Such candidates will have:
- 1 point added to their final score if the highest degree received is an Associate's Degree or if the candidate has at least 60 college credits,
- 2 points added to their final score if the highest degree received is a Bachelor's Degree,
- 3 points added to their final score if the highest degree received is a Master's Degree.
C. Demonstrated Fluency in a Non-English Language or in American Sign Language - The Police Department will notify you to schedule an interview to determine fluency in a Non-English Language or in American Sign Language. If the Police Department verifies your ability to communicate fluently in any Non-English Language or in American Sign Language, three (3) points will be added to your score.
You should only request the additional points if you are fully fluent in a Non-English Language or in American Sign Language.
If you indicate that you are fluent in a Non-English Language or in American Sign Language and you do not report for this interview, you will be removed from the eligible list and you will not be eligible for appointment as a Police Officer recruit. If it is determined that you submitted a fraudulent claim for additional points and are not fluent in a Non-English Language or in American Sign Language, the Police Department will notify the Office of Human Resources and your name will be removed from the Police Officer Recruit eligible list.
Only those competitors who have a passing grade in an examination shall receive additional credits to which they may be entitled. The following requirements must be satisfied for a candidate to receive additional credits for examinations.
1. The degree or credential must have been conferred, or the education or experience must have been completed no later than June 30, 2019.
2. An applicant may claim the additional credit at any time after the date that the examination is announced until 30 days after the Published List of Candidates is approved by the Director or his/her designee. If an eligible candidate does not request additional credits or does not submit a transcript or other required documentation until after certifications and appointments have been made, the granting of additional credits shall have no effect on prior certifications and appointments.
3. An applicant must submit adequate documentation as required by the Office of Human Resources. See the Other Requirements section of this announcement for detailed information.
Projected Exam Date
Training and Experience Evaluation - Applicants will be evaluated and scored based upon their training and experience credentials. Applicants will not be asked to appear to take a scheduled examination.
Scores in the Training and Experience Evaluation will be based on documentation of education and experience provided by the candidate. To receive full credit for your education and experience, you should submit all relevant documentation including college transcripts, licenses, certifications, paid out of class documentation, etc. and provide a detailed description of your education, experience and credentials.
An Eligible List is planned for the week of July 15, 2019. Please note that this date may change.
In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.091D, candidates may review their answer sheets and other test papers to determine if they have been scored correctly or if there has been an irregularity in the administration of the examination. Candidates will have 30 days after the results have been mailed to review their test and to file a written appeal. Call (see application details) if you wish to schedule a test review.
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Parts & Weights
Part Training and Experience Evaluation