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.
ALL aPPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE
AND DELIVER ALL 3 FORMS, AS WELL AS ALL APPLICABLE MATERIAL
STATED IN THE 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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)
Basic Police Application Information
Elements of the Selection Process
- Written application
- Written exams
- Physical agility tests
- Background investigation
- Oral interview
- Certification by Police Civil Service Board
- Polygraph exam
- Psychological exam
- Medical exam
Approximate Expected Duration of the
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.