At MPD, recruitment is one of the most important things we do. That’s why we created MPD Prospect Day to streamline the hiring process. We want to move quickly and thoroughly to get to know our candidates and decide who will be the best fit with MPD, not unnecessarily prolong the process with paperwork, exams and multiple meetings.
Prospect Day allows each applicant the ability to complete multiple steps of the application process in one day without having to make separate trips to the department. Please register for MPD Prospect Day by completing an interest card here.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Here’s what you can expect by attending Prospect Day:
- Upon arrival, you must present your completed MPD Prospect Day Preparation Packet, which will be reviewed at your applicant screening (the link to the booklet can also be found in your MPD Prospect Day confirmation email.)
- You will be fingerprinted as part of the MPD’s criminal history check to determine eligibility.
- You will meet with a background investigator for a preliminary review of your background.
- You will register for the written exam and create an account to sign up for future medical appointments.
- During the Physical Ability Test, you will run through a timed obstacle course to test your ability to perform physical tasks that are essential to carrying out the duties and responsibilities of a police officer.
location_onLOCATION & PARKING
Please arrive to the Metropolitan Police Academy by no later than 6:30 am on the date you selected for MPD Prospect Day.
The Metropolitan Police Academy (Annex Building)
4665 Blue Plains Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20032
The gate to the Metropolitan Police Academy opens at 6:30 am. Upon arrival on premises, an officer will direct you to the appropriate location to park. Parking is available nearby.
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.
Please come dressed for the PAT and keep the following in mind in preparation:
- You must wear sneakers or some other type of shoe with soft soles so that you do not slip and can run properly on a gymnasium floor.
- It is recommended that you do not wear any jewelry.
- You will not be permitted to wear gloves, scarves or any type of accessories during the PAT.
- Formal attire is not necessary, and applicants do not need to change during the event.
At 7:00 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 1:00 p.m.
National Testing Network FrontLine National Written Exam:
As a part of the application process, each applicant must take and pass the National Testing Network FrontLine National Written Exam.
There are three testing components:
- Video-Based Human Relations and Judgment Exam
- Report Writing and Multiple-Choice Writing Test
- Multiple-Choice Reading Test
Although applicants receive a percentage score, both the reading ability test and the writing ability test are scored on a pass/fail basis.
Successful applicants must pass both the reading ability and writing ability test. Successful applicants must also acquire a passing test score on the video-based multiple-choice test in order to move forward in the selection process and should expect to test for approximately three hours.
The cost for the examination is $49 (credit card required).
- Any applicant who takes the FrontLine National Written Exam at a Washington, DC, testing location will be reimbursed $25 within thirty days of taking the exam.
- 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.
- Hardship waivers are available as needed.
MPD’s written examination is offered through National Testing Network at testing centers locally and around the country.
The National Testing Network FrontLine National Written Exam is offered at each MPD Prospect Day; however, applicants may also complete this in advance. Should an applicant choose to complete in advance, please visit www.nationaltestingnetwork.com.
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.
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.
file_copy REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION
During MPD Prospect Day, applicants will meet with an investigator to discuss their MPD Prospect Day Preparation Packet.
A thorough background check is conducted on all entry level officer applications. As a part of the background check, it is required that applicants bring in specific documents.
During the interview with the investigator, you will discuss many aspects of your background. Many applicants are hesitant to reveal information that they fear may disqualify them from employment. Keep in mind that many minor violations are not automatic disqualifiers to appointment. However, failure to provide truthful, accurate, and complete information will disqualify an applicant from employment.
When you check in, you will be asked to provide the following required documents:
- Proof of Citizenship:
- Birth Certificate; AND/OR
- Certificate of Naturalization (if applicable).
- Proof of Qualification:
- College Degree and Transcript (proof of 60 college credits) [unofficial transcripts are permissible];
- DD214 (if applicable); OR
- Employment records for prior full-service law enforcement employment.
- A Valid Driver’s License.
- Completed MPD Prospect Day Preparation Packet.
- You are also required to bring with you:
- A black pen; AND
- Originals of all required documents.
While the following documents are not required to attend your MPD Prospect Day, they are still necessary and will be collected later in the process:
- 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).
- Proof of Citizenship:
Watch these videos to learn more about MPD Prospect Day and our PAT exam. We look forward to meeting you!