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Police Officer Testing

City of Harrisonburg - Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Entry Level Salary:
$32,364.00 annual

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City of Harrisonburg Police Officer Testing

Please note the following important information for individuals interested in employment as a Police Officer with the Harrisonburg Police Department.The City of Harrisonburg will be offering Police Officer testing on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Harrisonburg Police Department.

Registration Process:Registration is required for testing and can be completed online by selecting "apply" in the upper right corner of this posting.  All registration applications and a check or money order for $20.00 must be received at the City of Harrisonburg Human Resources Department no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014.  This is a non-refundable registration fee for the written test.  Make all checks/money orders out to the City of Harrisonburg.  No starter checks. Checks must include name printed of financial institution and an additional fee of $35.00 will be assessed on any returned checks.  Registrations received late will not be accepted.Virginia Certified Law Enforcement Officers.  Officers with a current Virginia certification are exempt from the written test and the registration fee is waived.  Registration is required for the physical ability test no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014.  Registrations received late will not be accepted.  Bring your current Virginia Law Enforcement Officer credentials to check-in.  

The following provides information on the testing process.Testing is scheduled for Saturday, May 31, 2014:Written Test

  • The written test will be given at the Harrisonburg Police Department located at 101 N. Main Street, 2nd Floor, Harrisonburg, VA.
  • Check-in for testing begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • Please bring a picture ID for proper identification (Ex: Driver's License, passport, etc.)
  • The testing will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.
  • It will take approximately 2 1/2 hours to complete.
  • No one will be admitted to the test after the starting time.

Physical Ability Test

  • The test will be given on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the National Guard Armory located at 340 S. Willow St, Harrisonburg, VA. 
  • Check-in for testing begins at 12:00 p.m.
  • Testing will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.
  • To participate in the testing, you must complete a Waiver of Claim for Injury form (provided at testing).
  • No one will be admitted to the test after the starting time.

Additional Information

To be eligible to apply for an open position with the Harrisonburg Police Department you must complete the written test (waived for current VA Certified Officers) and physical ability test.  Upon successful completion of the tests, you will receive an original certificate indicating eligibility to apply.  The written test and physical ability certificate will be valid for one year from testing date.  As openings occur, the Harrisonburg Police Department will advertise the position and accept applications.   To be considered you must submit an online application, personal history statement and Police Officer testing certificate.If you have questions after reviewing this information, please contact Marissa Keagy at 540.432.7796 or by email atmarissa.keagy@harrisonburgva.gov

Note: Entry-Level Police Officer Candidate Study Guide (2nd Edition)....$23.00/booklet, includes 1st Class USPSThis 66-page study guide is designed to help you, as a police officer candidate, prepare to take any of IPMA-HR's entry level police officer written tests.The goal of the study guide is to:

  • Answer frequently asked questions about the test forms.  By reading through the answers to frequently asked questions, you should gain a clear understating of what each test assesses, the differences between the test forms, and how to get the most out of the study guide.
  • Describe the contact areas assessed by the test forms, review the different types of questions you will see when taking any of the test forms, and present sample questions for each content area.
  • Share basic test-taking tips that may help you improve your overall test performance.
  • Provide one 100 question practice test and explain the answers to 25 of the practice test questions.

Important:  Please note that due to the purpose and nature of certain types of test questions, there are two content areas that appear on some of our tests that are not covered in detail in this study guide.  These are Interest and Situational Judgment. The study guide only contains brief information on these types of questions and no sample questions.The study guide is available exclusively from IPMA-HR.  You can order online at: http://ipma-hr.org/assessment/study/poelsg2nd.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21 by date of hire
  • Education: High School Diploma or GED
  • Experience: .

Minimum Requirements for Police Officer

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 21 years of age by date of hire
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien with an application for Naturalization filed and pending with Immigration Services;
  • Valid driver's license with good record
  • Able to work 12-hour shift (6am - 6pm, 6pm - 6am, or 3pm - 3am)
  • Good physical condition
  • Must live or be willing to move within a 50-mile radius of Harrisonburg, VA.

Contact Informaton

Marissa Keagy

City of Harrisonburg
345 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801
phone: (540) 432-7796

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