100th Wilmington Police Academy

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Applications are being accepted until March 27, 2020

The Wilmington Police Department is currently accepting applications for the 100th Wilmington Police Academy. The academy is expected to begin this summer.

Click the Patrol Officer link below to read the job details.


  • Type:Open Competitive
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$52,473 - $71,189
  • Posted Date:02/07/2020 10:10 AM
  • Deadline to Apply:03/27/2020 4:30 PM




FLSA: Non-exempt


PRIMARY FUNCTION: The Police Officer with the Department of Police performs general police work duties as authorized by law to protect life and property; prevents violations of statutes and laws; investigates and suppresses disturbances; investigates complaints; makes arrests and issues summonses when appropriate; does related work as required. The description is illustrative only and is not intended to represent the actual job description of the position or to imply that all duties and required knowledge, skills, and abilities are listed.

PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Police Officer with the Department of Police performs the following duties of patrol, investigation, police duties, maintenance activities, and special assignments. Enforces State law and City code violations. Patrols an assigned area during a specified period in a police car or on foot. Investigates suspicious conditions and complaints and makes arrests of persons who violate law and ordinances. Inspecting and safeguarding property, responding to alarms, chasing violators on foot, and checking buildings. Accompanies prisoners to headquarters, jail, or court and appears in court as arresting officer. Directs traffic, assists stranded motorists, handles accidents and crime scenes, and enforces traffic laws. Maintains order in crowd situations and participates in community public relations programs. Looks for stolen cars and wanted or missing persons. Conducts criminal investigations, interviews, and interrogates concerned parties. Gives advice on laws and ordinances and general information to the public. The duties of a Police Officer may become unpredictably hazardous and can require acute use of the senses to discern various stimuli of danger. Officers are required to run distances, traverse rough terrain quickly, climb obstacles, and remove injured or unconscious persons from harm's way. Engage in physical confrontations using offensive and defensive tactics to subdue assaultive persons, and to effect a forceful arrest. Performs all related work as required.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Must be twenty-one (21) years of age at time of appointment. Completion of high school or GED Equivalency required. Possession of a valid State of Delaware driver's license upon hire with a good driving record. Out-of-state applicants must obtain a State of Delaware driver’s license within two (2) months of becoming a state resident. Applicant must pass a battery of tests and interviews as required by the position of Police Officer. This battery consists of, but is not limited to, physical ability test, a standardized written test, a staff interview, medical and psychological evaluations, polygraph examination, and a drug screening. This position requires shiftwork. Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing. Possess good judgment and powers of observation and memory. Knowledge of first-aid methods. Skill in the use of firearms. Demonstrated proficiency to safely operate a vehicle on the road in emergency situations and regular conditions. Ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions. Must have excellent moral character and physical ability.

WORKING CONDITIONS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in high, precarious places, and with explosives, and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

RESIDENCY: City residency required within six (6) months of employment.

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The following documents must be included in order for your application to be considered complete:

  • Copy of an official high school transcript or GED certificate
  • Official college transcript(s), when applicable
  • Military Form DD-214, when applicable
  • U.S. naturalization papers, when applicable
  • Birth certificate

All questions must be answered. If the question does not apply to you, indicate such by marking N/A in the appropriate area. To furnish additional information, use a blank sheet of paper the same size as the application.

If all documents are not received by the Department of Human Resources, no further consideration will be given to your application.

More About the Application Process

As an applicant, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • All appointments are probationary for a period of eighteen (18) months, during which time you must demonstrate your fitness for continued employment by the Department of Police.
  • This position includes working a rotating shift that encompasses nights, weekends, and holidays of which you must be available for such assignments.
  • You must be a resident of the City of Wilmington within six (6) months from the date of hire.
  • Any employment is contingent upon the results of a complete character and fitness investigation, and you must be aware that willfully withholding information or making false statements on the application will be the basis for dismissal from the department.
  • You must agree to these conditions and certify that all statements are true to the best of your knowledge. Your signature on the application indicates such agreement.
  • Any doubts you have concerning the meaning or applicability of the questions and statements forming this application are to be directed to the Department of Human Resources prior to submitting the completed application.

The Wilmington Police Department is a nationally accredited police department and an equal opportunity employer.

Physical Ability Test

The physical ability test is designed to assess an applicant's basic physical condition, as well as to assess the applicant's ability to meet or exceed minimal standards in all phases of police work. The test consists of three (3) muscular endurance components and one (1) aerobic endurance component. The applicant will be required to meet or exceed the below listed minimum standards for each component of the test; failure to meet the below listed minimum standard for any component of this test will result in the applicant's failure of the physical ability test, thus, the applicant will be eliminated from the process.

Download the Physical ability test release form for complete details on each endurance test listed here.

Push-up Test

  Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-59 Age 60+
Male 22 17 11 9 6
Female 10 8 6 N/A N/A

Sit-up Test

  Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-59 Age 60+
Male 33 30 24 19 15
Female 24 20 14 10 3

Vertical Jump Test

  Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-59 Age 60+
Male 17.5" 16.5" 14" 11.9" N/A
Female 12.6" 11" 7.8" N/A N/A

1.5 Mile Run Test

  Age 20-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-59 Age 60+
Male 13:58 14:33 15:32 17:30 N/A
Female 17:11 18:18 19:43 21:57 23:55

Paper Option

To apply for 100th Wilmington Police Academy using the paper option:

  • Mail your application package to:

    Department of Human Resources
    Louis L. Redding City/County Building
    800 N. French Street, 4th Floor
    Wilmington, Delaware 19801; or

  • Drop off your application package no later than Friday, March 27 at 4:30 p.m. to:

    Department of Human Resources
    Louis L. Redding City/County Building
    800 N. French Street, 4th Floor
    Wilmington, Delaware 19801

For your convenience, the paper option is a fillable PDF form, but portions of the application must be filled out by hand. Remember to review your application before submitting it to be sure it is filled out completely, initialed, and signed.

If you choose to download the application and fill it out by hand, it must be typed or clearly printed in ink.