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  • Philadelphia Police Requirements

    There seem to be a lot of questions about requirements so I got them off the PPD site.

    Prospective Philadelphia Police Officers must meet all of the following minimum requirements. Requirements are determined by the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    Residency Requirements & Waiver
    The Civil Service Commission has waived the usual requirement that candidates must be residents of the City of Philadelphia for one year prior to the date of appointment.

    Each non-resident hired for the position of Police Officer is required to establish residency within the City of Philadelphia no later than six (6) months after completion of the probationary period.

    Licensure
    All civilian candidates must possess a valid driver's license when invited to our one (1) day orientation held at the Philadelphia Police Academy. Anyone with a suspended or revoked license will not pass the background investigation. Any applicant who possesses outstanding fees for traffic violations, must make payment arraignments with Traffic Court. Also persons with a NonDriver's ID, must have a valid driver's license.

    Educational Requirements
    All candidates must have proof of their high school diploma or their final GED scores as part of their background. At this time the Phila. Police Department does not require a college degree. But many of our officers are either going back to finish a degree or going to college to start getting a degree. Also as part of the police training curriculum you will receive college credits upon graduation. Good reading and writing skills are essential in executing your duties as a police officer.

    Age
    Candidates must have reached the age of 19 but not yet 40 by the time of their appointment to the position of police officer. Candidates must be within these age limits at the time of appointment. The date of appointment is the date that the candidate actually enters the police academy for training.

    State Physical Fitness and Reading Requirements
    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires all Police Recruit Applicants within the Commonwealth to pass a pre-employment physical fitness test and a reading comprehension exam in order to qualify for the position of Police Recruit. These tests are administered by the City of Philadelphia's Personnel Department.

    Physical Fitness Test
    The physical fitness test confirms that prospective police recruits are performing physically (based on their age and gender) at the 30th percentile. The test includes the 1.5-mile run, situps (within 1 minute), bench press, and the 300-meter run.

    Standards for Male Applicants
    1.5 Mile Run Age 20-29: Minimum time 13:22
    Age 30-39: Minimum time 14:08
    Sit-Ups Within 1 Minute Age 20-29: Minimum 35
    Age 30-39: Minimum 32
    Bench Press Age 20-29: Minimum 0.93 of body weight
    Age 30-39: Minimum 0.83 of body weight
    300 Meter Run Age 20-29: Minimum 62.1 seconds
    Age 30-39: Minimum 63 seconds

    Standards for Female Applicants
    1.5 Mile Run Age 20-29: Minimum time 15:57
    Age 30-39: Minimum time 16:35
    Sit-Ups Within 1 Minute Age 20-29: Minimum 29.5
    Age 30-39: Minimum 22
    Bench Press Age 20-29: Minimum 0.56 of body weight
    Age 30-39: Minimum 0.51 of body weight
    300 Meter Run Age 20-29: Minimum 75 seconds
    Age 30-39: Minimum 82 seconds

    Reading Ability Test
    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania also requires that all police recruits be able to read at no less than the ninth grade level as established through the administration of the Nelson-Denny Reading Test.

    Certification Requirements
    A PERSON WHO IS TO BE EMPLOYED AS POLICE OFFICERS BY POLICE DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE COMMONWEALTH SHALL:

    Be 19 years of age or older as outlined above.
    Possess a high school diploma or GED.
    Be a citizen of the United States.
    Be free from convictions of disqualifying offenses.
    Be personally examined by a Pennsylvania licensed physician.
    APPLICANTS SHALL BE FREE FROM THE ADDICTIVE OR EXCESSIVE USE OF EITHER ALCOHOL OR DRUGS, SHALL BE FREE FROM THE USE OF ILLEGAL CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. APPLICANTS PHYSICAL CONDITION SHALL BE EXPECTED TO WITHSTAND SIGNIFICANT CARDIOVASCULAR STRESS, SHALL BE FREE FROM ANY DIBILITATING CONDITIONS. APPLICANTS SHALL BE FREE OF VISUAL ABNORMALITIES. APPLICANTS MAY NOT BE MISSING ANY EXTREMITIES. APPLICANTS SHALL BE FREE FROM ANY OTHER SIGNIFICANT PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS OR DISABILITIES.
    Be personally examined by a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist.
    Be subject to a thorough background investigation.
    Successfully complete a basic police training course given at a commissioned, certified school.

    http://www.ppdonline.org/career/career_require.php

  • #2
    It says "APPLICANTS SHALL BE FREE OF VISUAL ABNORMALITIES". I have a lazy eye, but I can still see fine and can pass an eye exam. Will this screw me over?

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    • #3
      If you have good vision I don't see why it would be an issue?

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      • #4
        Your allowed to wear glasses right?

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        • #5
          Correct. I think you just have to pass the eye test with them if I recall correctly.

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          • #6
            Wait, I can use my glasses for the eye test? Sweet, if true! I hope my nail problem doesn't screw me over either lol.

            God damnit, birth defects..

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            • #7
              I am pretty sure you can, I don't see why you couldn't. I think you still have to pass the test with glasses too. Been some time.
              YEARS AND YEARS ago you weren't allowed to be a cop if you wore glasses and you had to be a certain height.

              It was also 11 years ago they used to make you grow that bad porn mustache but when Trashman got there they made everyone shave it off.

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              • #8
                Medical Evaluation
                The medical evaluation consists primarily of a complete physical examination. You will have a medical history, EKG, eye examination (corrected vision must be 20/20), your breathing tested, you will be subject to color blindness tests, and other examinations consistent with a thorough physical examination. You will also have to submit to a drug screening test during this examination.

                You will have your height and weight recorded and evaluated. Your weight must be proportionate to your height. Applicants who are overweight will be informed of the target weight they must attain before being eligible for appointment. Applicants who fail to meet the weight requirement will be examined again at a later date.

                The physical examination is given to all candidates as part of their pre-employment screening requirement. Applicants must pass this phase before proceeding to the next step in the selection process.

                http://www.ppdonline.org/career/career_hire.php

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                • #9
                  Some departments have vision requirements that you need without glasses on, like the PSP. However the PPD only requires 20/20 vision with glasses on (you should have 20/20 vision if you wear glasses anyway).

                  The PPD had a lawsuit against them years back and all vision requirements WITHOUT glasses on where discontinued.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Spartan75 View Post
                    Some departments have vision requirements that you need without glasses on, like the PSP. However the PPD only requires 20/20 vision with glasses on (you should have 20/20 vision if you wear glasses anyway).

                    The PPD had a lawsuit against them years back and all vision requirements WITHOUT glasses on where discontinued.

                    PPD has 20/20 with and 20/200 without glasses.
                    " Never judge others unless you truly know them"

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                    • #11
                      Yeah I heard that Stevie Wonder passed the eye test.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CityTrashman View Post
                        PPD has 20/20 with and 20/200 without glasses.
                        I called a few times to double check this and they stated there is no limit on vision without glasses because of a lawsuit a few years ago.

                        I actually had 20/400 but I just had LASIK and I now have 20/10 without glasses.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Spartan75 View Post
                          I called a few times to double check this and they stated there is no limit on vision without glasses because of a lawsuit a few years ago.

                          I actually had 20/400 but I just had LASIK and I now have 20/10 without glasses.

                          Well Someone never told the Doctor's at 19th and Fairmount about the law suit b/c it's 20/200 when I was there.
                          " Never judge others unless you truly know them"

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                          • #14
                            I wonder if they would pass you if you brought your seeing eye dog.

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                            • #15
                              Anyone receive a letter for their physical fitness test? Mine is scheduled for 3:00pm Tuesday, August 5 at Rizzo Ice Rink.

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