MPD Prospect Day Preparation Page

Your decision to start an exciting and rewarding career at MPD begins with an interest card.

This page serves as a resource as you prepare for MPD Prospect Day. MPD Prospect Day allows each applicant the ability to complete a substantial portion of the process without having to make separate trips to the Department.  Applicants should plan for the full day, as each step takes time to complete.  Please read and follow the instructions below carefully.  This will ensure you are prepared upon your arrival.

  1. Please arrive to the Metropolitan Police Academy by no later than 8:30 am on the date you selected for MPD Prospect Day.  The Metropolitan Police Department's Prospect Day is held at the Metropolitan Police Academy (Annex Building), 4665 Blue Plains Drive, SW, Washington, DC 20032 Annex Building. The gate will open at 7:30 am and an officer will direct you to the appropriate location to park.  Parking is available nearby at the Potomac Job Corps (1060 Blue Plains Drive, SW, Washington, DC 20032).  There is no cost for parking. Please allow time to arrive as traffic conditions often vary.  Note: Backpacks and/or luggage bags are not allowed at the Metropolitan Police Academy.

  2. MPD Prospect Day Attire: 

    • For your protection, you must wear long pants that have belt loops. Very tight pants may cause you problems climbing over the fence during the Physical Ability Test (PAT).

    • In order for the equipment to fit you properly while you are participating in the PAT, you must wear a belt.

    • You must wear sneakers or some other type of shoe with soft soles so that you do not slip and you can run properly on a gymnasium floor.

    • It is recommended that you do not wear any jewelry to MPD Prospect Day.

    • You will not be permitted to wear gloves, scarves or any type of accessories during the PAT.

    • Please come dressed for the PAT, formal attire is not necessary and applicants do not need to change during the event.

  3. Upon arrival you must have the MPD Prospect Day Orientation Material Booklet filled out (to be reviewed at Applicant Screening).  This booklet is attached to your MPD Prospect Day confirmation email and can also be accessed by clicking here.

  4. When you check in, you will be asked to provide a few required documents:

    1. Proof of Citizenship

      • Birth Certificate and/or

      • Certificate of Naturalization (if applicable)

    2. Proof of Qualification

      • College Degree and Transcript (proof of 60 college credits) [unofficial transcripts are permissible]; or

      • DD214 (if applicable); or

      • Employment records for prior full-service law enforcement employment

    3. Valid Driver's License

    4. Completed MPD Prospect Day Preparation Packet

      You are required to bring the following items with you:

      • A black pen
      • A copy of this notice
      • Originals of all required documents:

      Optional:
      The following documents are needed and will be collected later in the process; they are not required to attend your MPD Prospect Day.

    • Resume (if applicable)

    • Driving Record (obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state where you hold a license)

    • Picture Identification (State ID/Driver’s License, passport, etc.)

    • Social Security Card

    • Citizenship Documents (Naturalization paperwork or US Passport)

    • Marital Status Documents (Marriage License, Divorce Decree, etc.)

    • Military Status Documents (DD-214 or Selective Service Registration)

    • Unemployment Records

    • Welfare Payment Records

    • Court Orders (judgments, liens, bankruptcy, expungement records, separation order, child support orders, etc.)

    • TANF/Public Assistance Records

    • Last two employment performance ratings (if applicable)

  5. At 8:30 am applicants will be divided into groups and complete various stations to include:

    • Body Fat Screening

    • Physical Ability Test 

    • Document Screening

    • Fingerprinting and Photograph

    • All candidates who successfully complete the four components above will then complete their National Testing Network FrontLine National Written Exam at 1 pm

      1. The cost for the examination is $49 (credit card required)

        • Any resident of the District of Columbia will be reimbursed the total cost of the FrontLine National Written Exam within thirty days of taking the exam.

        • Any applicant who takes the FrontLine National Written Exam will be reimbursed $25 within thirty days of taking the exam.

        • Hardship waivers are available as needed on site.

      2. The exam will take approximately 3 hours to complete so please allow sufficient time to complete the entire test.

        NOTE: Candidates who have previously taken the FrontLine National Written Exam, within one year, at any testing location are exempt from retaking the examination on MPD Prospect Day.

  6. Candidates who complete all components of MPD Prospect Day and their written examination are advanced to complete the Polygraph and Medical/Psychological examination.  We are hiring 30 officers each month and those who successfully complete MPD Prospect Day have a strong chance of earning employment with our Department.

Your decision to start an exciting and rewarding career at MPD begins with an interest card.

August 6, 1861, Congress passed an Act which declared the boundaries of DC to constitute...

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...a police district to be called the “Metropolitan Police District”. The newly elected President, Abraham Lincoln presided over the creation of this new police department. Washington, DC was divided into 10 precincts; each headed by a sergeant with 150 privates divided among the precincts. An officer’s salary was $480 a year and they had to be at least 5 feet 6 inches tall, able to read and write, between the age of 25 and 45, and were required to provide their own guns.

March, 1865 – MPD handled their first Presidential Inauguration...

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...MPD intercepted John Wilkes Booth during his first attempt to assassinate President Lincoln at the inauguration of Lincoln’s second term.

In 1890 women were officially hired as Matrons which handled female prisoners and children...

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...In 1917, the Women’s Bureau of the MPD was created in order to give women a more active role in investigating. The Bureau became nationally recognized for its proactive ideas and methods.

In 1913, the Department purchased the first motorized vehicles (10 motorcycles) to assist the...

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...bicycle squads and by 1914, five “motor patrol” wagons were purchased. In 1915, the first police school was established to train officers in using their firearms and basic first aid.

In 1934 the first Metropolitan Police Boys Club was established The club was designed to...

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...keep young men out of trouble and provide them with positive role models, and the club still exists today as the MPD Boys and Girls Clubs. The club was such a success that other cities quickly followed in the footsteps of the MPD.

In November 1948, the Metropolitan Police Reserve Corps was established and...

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...first deployed on October 31, 1951 with the original responsibility to guard fire alarm boxes to prevent people from mischievously sounding fire alarms on Halloween Night.

In 1951 the Chief, Robert V. Murray established an Internal Investigations...

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...Division during his tenure.

In 1962 Officers began to patrol and monitor traffic in a private helicopter.

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In 1966 the first cadet class graduated. 

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May 1-4, 1971, “May Day” when over 50,000 demonstrators came to Washington to...

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...force the closure of the Government. This was the largest mass arrest in history with a total of 12,000 people arrested. Due to the professionalism and effectiveness of the MPD, there were no serious injuries to police officers or protestors, no use of deadly force, and very few complaints of misconduct.

In 1978, Burtell M. Jefferson became the first African American Chief of Police....

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...He was a very community minded person, having been a native of Washington DC and having attended American University and Howard University. His tenure saw a reduction in crime while also dealing with restrictions due to the energy crisis and threats of personnel cuts.

In 1988, the Department switched from the long issued Smith and Wesson .38 caliber...

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...revolvers to the Glock 9mm pistols after Washington DC was named the Nation’s Murder Capital.

In 1993 the Office of Internal Affairs was created by Chief Fred Thomas to promote...

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...accountability among MPD officers.

In 1997, Chief Soulsby authorized the re-striping of the Scout Cars...

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...They were changed from the blue stripe and gold seal of the 1960s, to a red and blue striping that is still referred to as the Pepsi can design.

In 2004, the re-birth of the Air Support Unit (aka helicopter patrol, Helicopter Branch) was...

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...returned (original disbanded in 1996 due to budget cuts) along with a small cadre of horse-mounted officers.

In 2006, the joint Police and Fire Communications Center moved to a newly built state of...

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...the art communications center located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Southeast.

In Janury 2007, Chief Cathy Lanier was appointed by Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty... 

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...in January 2007, replacing outgoing Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey. She was the first woman to achieve the position of Chief of Police in Washington DC.  In May 2012, Mayor Vincent C. Gray agreed to retain Lanier as police chief under his mayoral term.  Chief Lanier lead the Metropolitan Police Department until she retired 2017.  Chief Lanier was a great advocate for women in law enforcement and brought great technological changes to the MPD.  She was well known for her passionate involvement with the community.

In 2007-08, Chief Lanier initiated; patrol districts listserv; "Neighborhood...

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...Safety Zone” the replacement of in-car systems equipped with GPS.

On the morning of Monday, September 16, 2013, Aaron Alexis entered... 

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...Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard, where he served as an independent contractor, and carried out the most deadly workplace mass shooting in the Nation’s Capital in recent memory.  Over the course of 69 minutes, Alexis terrorized thousands of employees of Naval Sea Systems Command, firing indiscriminately from a shotgun he had legally purchased two days earlier and a handgun he had taken from a security guard after mortally wounding the guard.  He would also get into multiple shooting engagements with responding law enforcement officers, seriously injuring a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer.  In his final confrontation with police, Alexis ambushed and fired upon another MPD officer.  Fortunately, the officer was saved by his protective vest and was able to return fire, killing Alexis and ending his rampage.  When it was over, Alexis had shot and killed twelve people and injured several others.

Chief Peter Newsham was confirmed as the Chief of Police on May 3, 2017. 

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Chief Peter Newsham joined the MPD in 1989 and rose quickly through the ranks, serving in a number of district operational assignments. Chief Charles H. Ramsey promoted him to Commander of the Second District in January 2000. In June 2002, Newsham was promoted to Assistant Chief in charge of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). Chief Newsham was sworn in as the 30th police chief for the MPD on May 3, 2017. Chief Newsham holds a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a law degree at the University of Maryland School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland Bar.

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