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Police Department Application

The Bethlehem Police Department is accepting applications to the Police Department starting May 1, 2005. The application must be delivered by the applicant or his/her designee to the Human Resources Department 10 E. Church St. Bethlehem, Pa. 18018, no later than 3:00 P.M., Friday, July 15, 2005. The following three steps must be downloaded and completed. Please follow the links to the right for more information about the Bethlehem Police Department. If you have any questions about the application, please contact City of Bethlehem Human Resources at (610) 865 7015.

Application Steps


  • Instructions for Application
    Download and print this document containing instructions for completing the application.
  • Police Application
    Download and complete the application on the computer, using a typewriter, or by hand. Refer to the instruction document for questions concerning the application.
  • Civil Service Vouchers
    Print and complete the vouchers and their certificates. Two persons must vouch for the character of the applicant. They should be well acquainted with the applicant, and have known him/her for at least one year. They should be persons of good character and standing.

Bethlehem Police Department Requirements

Applicants should ensure they meet the following requirements before beginning the application process.

  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen and resident of the U.S. for at least five (5) years and if foreign born, possess naturalization papers.
  • Age: Must have arrived at the age of Twenty-one (21). Applicants must be prepared to furnish documentary evidence of date of birth.
  • Education: Applicants must have an Associates degree or sixty (60) credits from not more than two (2) colleges or have four thousand (4,000) active hours of experience as a police officer.
  • Character: Must be of a good reputation, moral character and habits.
  • Application: All applicants will be charged a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) registration fee at the time of application. Any willful misstatement, falsification or concealment in respect to an application shall render the same null and void. Subject to the discretion of the board, a person making such false application shall be prohibited from making any future application. Applications can not be accepted from persons who have been convicted of a crime or from former police officers removed for cause.
  • Examination: Applicants are required to take and pass a written examination. A notice of when and where to appear will be sent by the secretary of the Civil Service Board. Those ineligible will also be notified. Any applicant failing to appear for the examination will be dropped from the list of applicants.
  • Eligibility List: At least once every two (2) years, the current eligibility list will be cancelled and new examinations will be conducted for an entirely new list.
  • Vouchers: Applicant must secure two persons to vouch for his/her character. The persons should be well acquainted with the applicant but not be relatives and have known him/her for at least one (1) year. The voucher must be notarized before submission to the Secretary of the Board.
  • Driver’s License: All applicants must possess a valid Driver’s License at the time of application and appointment.
  • Veterans: Any candidate who has served in the military and has as honorable discharge and who has successfully passed the written examination section of the Civil Service Testing, shall have his/her score increased by ten (10) points.

Basic Police Application Information

Elements of the Selection Process

  1. Written application
  2. Written exams
  3. Physical agility tests
  4. Background investigation
  5. Oral interview
  6. Certification by Police Civil Service Board
  7. Polygraph exam
  8. Psychological exam
  9. Medical exam

Approximate Expected Duration of the Selection Process

The selection process lasts approximately six to 24 months.

Policy on Reapplication

Reapplication is permitted once the current eligibility list has expired. (two year cycle)

The above basic police application information is intended as a basic guide for police applicants. For more detailed information, applicants should consult the civil service rules and regulations.

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