What to Expect

Selection Process Overview:

The selection process for all candidates includes the successful completion of:

  • An application for employment with the City of Fort Wayne’s Human Resources Department
  • A physical ability test.
  • A written examination.
  • An oral interview with a panel comprised of citizens in the Fort Wayne community and two members of the Fort Wayne Police Department
  • A comprehensive background investigation — including two voice stress analysis exams in order to determine truthfulness in the following areas: criminal history drugs, morality, and honesty
  • Psychological testing
  • A conditional offer of employment
  • A physical examination (cost shared equally between City and applicant)
  • An review with the Local Police Pension Board
  • An oral interview with the Board of Public Safety
  • State of Indiana Police Pension Board Review

(The above eleven-step process takes approximately six months from the last day applications are

  • Basic police academy curriculum
  • Field Training Officer Program (six months)
  • Unsupervised Probationary status (additional six months)


  • Vacation:
    • Accrued days- based on years of service.
  • Paid Holidays
  • Personal Days
  • State Pension:
    • Based pm 20 years of service; State administered pension– collectable at age 52. City contributes entire pension costs.
  • Insurance:
    • City-paid life insurance & City-paid accidental death insurance; several health insurance options available.
Basic Recruit Applicant Testing Process:

Once the application process is completed, applicants will then move into the testing process which consists of (9) steps. Each step must be successfully completed before an applicant can move to the next phase of the testing process.

  • Written Test
  • Physical Fitness Test
    – Sit-ups: 25 (in one minute or less)
    – Push-ups: 21 (“male-style” without stopping )
    – Vertical jump: 14″ (three attempts allowed)
    – 300 Meter Run: 82 seconds (or less)
    – 1 1/2 Mile Run: 17 minutes and 30 seconds (or less)
    Fitness Standards increase prior to exit of the Basic Recruit Class
  • Oral Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Voice Stress Test
  • Psychological Testing
  • Medical Examination
  • PERF Board



Salary (for 2016):
  • Probationary Officer pay (1st year): $46,822.01
  • Patrol Officer pay (after 1st year): $52,024-60
  • 2nd shift bonus: $3,300
  • 3rd shift bonus: $6,300
  • Longevity bonus
  • Education bonus
  • Uniform allowance: All initial uniforms and equipment furnished at time of hire. Body armor and weapon also provided.
  • FWPD has a take home vehicle program.
Employment Standards for Lateral Transfers:
  • Must already be a sworn/certified police officer. No minimum years of experience is necessary.
  • Successfully complete pre-employment physical fitness test.
  • 21-35 years of age at time of appointment. Applicants can be older than 35 if already enrolled in PERF (Public Employees Retirement Fund).
  • U.S. Citizen.
  • High School Diploma, the equivalent, or a G.E.D.; education beyond high school preferred.
  • Correctable vision to 20-30 in each eye.
  • Meet residency requirement consistent with Indiana statute (live in Allen County or adjacent Indiana county).
  • Indiana motor vehicle operator’s license required.
  • Physically and mentally able to perform essential job functions of the patrol officer position.
Lateral Transfer Publication

It is the policy of the City of Fort Wayne to assure equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or veteran’s status.

You may click on the link below to see the current the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP 07/13/09)