100th Wilmington Police Academy

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Photo of the color guard in procession during the Wilmington Police Academy ceremony.
Photo of Wilmington Police Academy recruits.
Photo of officers participating in recreational activities at the Wilmington Police Academy.

Required documents deadline extended to June 5

Although the 100th Police Academy application deadline has ended, the WPD has extended the deadline for any outstanding required documents to be submitted to M/Sgt. David Prado no later than Friday, June 5 by 4:30 p.m.

The following documents must be provided:

  • 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

Documents can be emailed to david.prado@cj.state.de.us, but original copies must be mailed to:

Wilmington Police Department

Human Resources Division

Attn: M/Sgt. David Prado

300 North Walnut Street

Wilmington, Delaware 19801


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