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Police Officer

Indianapolis, Indiana



Indianapolis Police Department

Human Resources Office

50 N. Alabama Street, Room E254

Indianapolis, IN 46204


Phone: 317-327-3346

Job Line: 317-327-3368



Salary: See below

Population: 380,302
Sworn Officers: 1,288





Serve Your Community: Join the Indianapolis Police Department

The Indianapolis Police Department is one of the finest and most advanced law enforcement agencies in the entire country. Our Department is a leader in community policing and overall crime reduction. We offer great pay and other benefits. The equipment and training that you receive as an IPD officer are the most advanced of any law enforcement agency. They give you the skills and tools that you need to perform as a professional police officer for the city of Indianapolis.

If any of this sounds interesting to you, then read on. We will give you all the information that you will need to know to apply for a position as one of Indyís finest. Always remember, there is no better way to serve and help your community. Make a difference, and apply as an Indianapolis police officer today.

Initial Requirements

Initial requirements for sworn employment with the Indianapolis Police Department are established by the Indiana Code which provides that applicants:

  • must be a resident citizen of the United States
  • must be 21 years old to apply and not have reached their 36th birthday by date of appointment
  • must have a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • cannot have a felony conviction
  • cannot have a misdemeanor conviction involving domestic violence under [18 USC ß922 (g)]
  • must possess a valid driver's license from their state of residence
  • must be a resident of Marion County, Indiana or one of the seven adjoining counties at the time of appointment to the Department
  • cannot have been dishonorably discharged from the military
  • must pass a mandatory drug screening test

Screening Requirements

The Indianapolis Police Department's applicant screening process is multi-phased and consists of the following steps:

  1. Preliminary Application

  2. Written Examination

  3. Oral Interview

  4. Physical Agility Test

  5. Polygraph Examination

  6. Background Investigation

  7. Medical Examination

  8. Psychological Examination

  9. Drug Screening

  10. Board Approvals

Tutoring sessions for the exam and interview also are available. Although tutoring is not mandatory, all applicants are encouraged to attend.

Upon completion of an application, applicants are allowed to select written exam and tutoring session dates. With the exception of these dates, all other process events are scheduled by IPD Human Resources. Applicants are asked not to request alternative dates and times.

IPD does not accept any out-of-state or in-state lateral transfers of academy training or law enforcement certifications.

Submitting an Application

Applications for the position of Sworn Patrol Officer are accepted on a year-round basis. If you are interested in applying, you may complete a preliminary application online or pick one up at one of the following Indianapolis locations from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (EST), Monday through Friday.

  • IPD Human Resources Office at 50 N. Alabama Street, Room E254, Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • IPD Training Academy at 901 N. Post Road, Indianapolis, IN 46219
  • IPD North District at 4209 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN. 46205
  • IPD South District at 1150 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis, IN. 46203
  • IPD East District at 3120 E. 30th Street, Indianapolis, IN. 46218
  • IPD West District at 551 N. King Ave., Indianapolis, IN. 46222
  • IPD Downtown District at 209 E. St. Joseph St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Individuals who live outside a 50 mile radius, and who do not wish to submit an application online, may request an application by writing to the address listed below or through e-mail to our Recruiting Officer. Please include your full name and mailing address.

I.P.D. Human Resources - Application Request
50 N. Alabama Street, Suite E254
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Original applications must be returned to the Human Resources office -- NO faxes or copies will be accepted.

During the screening process, you must immediately notify Human Resources of any changes of your name, address, or telephone number as they occur. Failure to do so could result in a significant delay in your receipt of screening process notifications and may also result in your removal from the process.


2002 - Salary Schedule

  • Probationary Officer - $33,420
  • 2nd Year Patrol Officer - $38,235
  • 3rd Year Patrol Officer - $43,876

Other Benefits

  • Take home car
  • College incentive pay, up to a maximum of $1,000 for a BA or BS degree from an accredited college
  • Clothing allowance at $750 per year
  • Field duty pay at $400 a year; Detective duty pay at $600 a year
  • Shift differential at $.70/hour for middle or late shift positions
  • Hazardous duty pay of $529 for officers assigned to motorcycle and mounted patrol positions
  • Overtime pay (as available) at 1 1/2 the officer's hourly base salary rate
  • Vacation leave
  • Sick leave at 90 calendar days annually
  • Insurance (health, life, dental) available
  • Pension plan under the Public Employees Retirement Fund created in 1977 and administered by the state of Indiana
  • Voluntary deferred compensation plan

Benefits are subject to change per labor negotiations

Additional Benefit Details

IPD Training Academy

The Indianapolis Police Department Law Enforcement Training Academy is one of the best in the state. It is under the command of Major Richard Benton and is comprised of sixteen sworn and four civilian instructors, all certified by the State of Indiana. The Academy is State of Indiana certified as well, and it gives recruit officers the most up to date, state of the art training available.

The Academy curriculum is a strong mix of academic and physical courses. Currently, recruit officers receive 932 hours of training in a 24 week period. Some local universities, (i.e., IUPUI, University of Indianapolis) offer up to 12 college credits relating to academy training for a nominal fee.

Recruits must successfully complete all academy courses. All aspects of training are essential to the recruit. The training not only ensures retention by the Department as a probationary officer, but it ensures the ability to function as a professional police officer for the City of Indianapolis.

The Academy schedule is primarily Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm, with some weekend and evening training required.

All essential equipment (uniforms, weapons, body armor, gun belt, etc.) are issued during the training period. Take-home police cars are issued based on availability after the successful completion of the probationary year. The Academy is not live-in, therefore recruits must find their own residential accommodations.

Academy Curriculum (Subject to Change)
Subject Hours


Criminal Justice & Related Matters


Human Behavior




Patrol Procedures & Traffic Services


Criminal Investigation & Forensic Sciences


Emergency Vehicle Operations Course


American Red Cross Emergency Response


Use of Force


Police Skills


Physical Conditioning




Recruits are strictly prohibited from holding outside employment during their training and probationary periods. They also are strictly prohibited from performing any direct law enforcement related functions requiring police powers.

Upon graduation from the academy, recruits are placed in the Field Training Officer Program.

Field Training Program

All recruits graduating from the IPD Training Academy must participate in the Field Training Program which is designed to improve the field performance level of Indianapolis police officers. The program accomplishes this goal in two ways. First, as part of the overall training process, the FTO program places maximum emphasis on academy instruction through field training and demonstrates to the probationary officer how to apply academic knowledge in a real-life, field situation. Second, as an evaluation and screening tool, the FTO Program is one phase of the Departmentís overall applicant screening process. It provides a measure of the field performance of probationary officers which is used in the final decision regarding the retention or termination of their employment.

In developing the FTO Program, the Department has considered its responsibility for proper field training. Legal issues involving negligent appointment and retention of officers as well as municipal liability for improper training mandate that the Department make every effort to train and retain only those individuals able to successfully perform as police officers. Additionally, the Departmentís responsibility to current police officers and citizens of Indianapolis requires that only those probationary officers who can successfully perform in the field become tenured police officers.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Field Training Officer

  • Role Model: As a role model, Field Training Officers are expected to demonstrate the professional standards of law enforcement. Their performance serves as an example for the probationary officer to follow.
  • Training Officer: As a training officer, the Field Training Officer is expected to provide post academy, on-the-job instruction to probationary officers in the field.
  • Evaluator/Counselor: As an evaluator, the Field Training Officer is expected to evaluate the performance of probationary officers. This evaluation is based upon observation of actual field behavior and is completed in accordance with FTO Program evaluation guidelines. Through the evaluation process, the FTO has direct input into the decision to retain or terminate a probationary officerís employment with the Department.
    As a counselor, the Field Training Officer is expected to provide the probationary officer with constructive criticism and suggestions for improved performance.
  • Leader/Limited Supervisor: As a leader and supervisor, the Field Training Officer is expected to provide work direction and limited supervision to the probationary officer.
  • Patrol Officer: The Field Training Officer also performs all the duties of a regularly assigned patrol officer.

This is a condensed overview of the Field Training Officer Program. It is designed to give prospective applicants an idea of what they can expect during the FTO phase of training, if they are selected as recruit officers.

103rd Class -- Sworn Applicant Process Schedule

February 18 and 21, 2004 Tutoring for the Written Exam and Oral Interview

March 6-7, 2004 Written Examination

April 6-9, 2004 Oral Interviews

May 27-28, 2004 Physical Agility

June 28 - August 20, 2004 Polygraphs and Backgrounds

January 3, 2005 Recruit Class Begins

All Dates Are Subject to Change


Email our Recruiter:

Josh Escalante
Recruiter/Coordinator of Spanish Affairs

Tony L. Brown


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