The responsibilities of a Lafayette Police Officer are both exciting and challenging. Officers have the opportunity to work in various areas of interest such as Patrol, Bike Unit, SWAT, Field Training Officer, Traffic, Civil Disturbance Unit, K9 unit, Crime Scene Investigation, or Investigations. The ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief are obtained by a combination of requirements including a competitive examination and oral interviews. Increase in salaries and responsibilities that come with each promotion are further rewards of a successful career.
- Submit an Application
To apply, please follow the below link to PoliceApp.com
- Participate and pass LPD's Testing Day
The written test requires a minimum score of 80% to continue in the hiring process.
Physical Fitness Test:
There are 5 physical fitness components that will be measured as a battery of tests. Applicants should understand that these tests will involve periods of physical exertion and that, as with any physical activity, certain risks are inherent. Applicants will be expected to read and sign a Waiver Form.
Minimum Passing Performance
- Vertical Jump - 16 inches
- One Minute Sit Ups - 29
- 300 Meter Run - 71 Seconds
- Maximum Push Ups - 25
- 1.5 Mile Run - 16 minutes 28 seconds
- Take and pass a polygraph examination
A candidate's traffic, criminal, financial, and relationship histories will be investigated and may serve as a basis for disqualification from the selection process. Convictions, arrests, and admissions will be assessed with particular attention given but not limited to the pattern of violations, seriousness, surrounding circumstances, number of incidents, and their recency. Juvenile arrests or misdemeanor arrests may not be grounds for disqualification, but these will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Conviction of a felony or the reasonable belief that the candidate committed a felony will be cause for immediate disqualification.
Honesty & Explanation
Completeness and truthfulness on the application is highly important. It is much better to admit to perceived faults on the application than to omit information. Do not omit information because of a lack of space for a response on the application form. If more space is needed to explain special circumstances, use a separate sheet of paper, note the corresponding question number and describe the incident, circumstances and outcome in as much detail as is needed.
- Pass Formal Interviews
- Formal interview with the Captain's board of the Lafayette Police Department
- Formal interview with the Civil Service Merit Commission
- Approval through the Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF)
- Swearing In Ceremony
During the Swearing In Ceremony, you become an official officer of the Lafayette Police Department. You will then receive 7 weeks of in house training, 15 week of intensive training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, in addition to about a year of field training from LPD.