We require 30 college credits with military service. Prior military service is defined as serving two or more years of a commitment. A commitment is defined as either three or more years of active duty, or six or more years of guard or reserve service.
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Our hiring process consists of a written examination (conducted on a computer in a monitored setting), physical fitness test, structured oral interview, background investigation, polygraph examination, Chief's interview, psychological interview and medical physical exam. The entire process, with specifics about each component, can be found here.
We do accept lateral transfers. See the answers below for your specific situation.
Further information can be found on our recruiting page.
By Delaware state regulations and City of Newark ordinance, you must be 21 upon date of academy graduation to work as a police officer.
There is no age maximum. However, retirement is mandatory at age 55. You must serve for a minimum of 5 years to earn a pension.
No prior police service: The City will provide a $5,000 hiring bonus to new hires that do not qualify for the Prior Sworn Police Officer bonus detailed below.
Prior Sworn Police Officers: The City will provide a $20,000 hiring bonus to new hires that are Delaware Council on Police Training ("COPT") certified police officers OR are Delaware police academy exempt based on their police certification in another state. The determination of academy exemption is made by the Delaware COPT after submission of training records.
The hiring bonus is payable upon completion of field training (approximately 9-12 months after date of hire for non-certified officers and 6-12 weeks after Delaware certification for certified officers).
The City currently provides take home vehicles for some police officers. The Newark City Council has approved a take home vehicle program for all police officers. Additional vehicles have been ordered to increase the size of the fleet. All police officers are expected to have take home vehicles by early 2024.
We allow tattoos visible to the public while on-duty, except on the face, neck or hand (a tattoo or brand symbolic of a civil union or marriage on the ring finger is permitted with approval). We prohibit tattoos, body art, or brands that are extremist, indecent or sexist regardless of location on the body. Tattoos, body art, or brands that advocate or symbolize gang affiliation, supremacist, or extremist groups, or drug use, are also prohibited.
We allow officers to have facial hair. Mustache, goatee or complete beards are the only types of facial hair allowed. They must be finely groomed and neatly trimmed and the neck must be clean shaven. The facial hair may not be longer than 1/2 inch.
The college requirements may be waived by the City Manager and Chief of Police for CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICERS with at least 18 months active police experience after graduation from a qualifying police academy
For candidates who travel more than 100 miles from their home to Newark, DE to apply for the position of police officer, we will attempt to schedule parts of the process on the same day, thereby reducing the number of trips to Newark required to complete the process. Candidates who meet the 100-mile criteria will receive notification prior to the written examination from the HR Department.
We do not have any residency requirement to apply, to be hired or to work for Newark PD. We have officers who live not only in Delaware, but southern New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Our physical fitness requirement can be found here. After passing the written examination, candidates will be given information about taking the physical fitness test ("PT test") with our contracted service provider. Candidates can set-up an appointment to take the test at their convenience. The PT test must be completed before the start of the background investigation. The background investigation may begin anywhere from 3-8 weeks or longer after the written test.
In general, recruit police officers attend the Delaware State Police Academy in Dover or the New Castle County Police Academy in Newark. While the DSP academy is a residential academy where recruits come home on the weekends, recruits commute from their home to the New Castle County Police academy every weekday.
A new recruit officer cannot request a specific academy. The recruit officer is generally sent to whichever academy is starting soonest after the recruit's hire date.
Recruit officers are paid full salary and receive all benefits during academy training, including accrual of pension time.
If you have further questions not answered on this site, please call our recruiting information line at (302) 366-7100 x3499 or send us an email.