While finding great candidates has always been a challenge, it’s even more difficult today due to budget cuts and a rate of retirement that is outpacing the supply of promising new recruits nationwide. We can help.

Entry-Level Stock Tests

Know which candidates will be successful on the job before you hire them. Our entry-level police tests assess the knowledge, skills, abilities and personal characteristics (KSAPs) necessary for success. No prior police training or experience is assumed of candidates taking any of our entry-level police tests.

Police Officer Entry-level (PO-EL) 100 Series (TIP) The PO-EL 100 series are multiple-choice tests designed to assess whether or not a candidate has the most basic abilities necessary to learn and perform the duties of a police officer, such as patrolling an assigned area, questioning witnesses, securing a crime scene, handling a disturbance, investigating a complaint, making arrests and writing reports.

Police Officer Entry-level (PO-EL) 200-NC Series (TIP) The PO-EL 200-NC series (PO-EL 201-NC, 202-NC, and 204-NC) are multiple-choice tests designed to assess whether or not a candidate has the most basic abilities required to perform successfully in the police academy and, more importantly, on the job. All three tests have a cognitive and a noncognitive (NC) component.

Police Officer Entry-level (PO-EL) 302 (VID) PO-EL 302 is a video-based test designed to assess the critical abilities of entry-level police officer candidates using work samples. Instructions and a countdown timer are embedded in the video to make administration easy.

What is a TIP? And why is it important?

Some entry-level tests include a Test Information Packet, which stands for Test Information Packet. TIPs were designed to assess candidates’ ability to learn, remember, and apply new information. Some of the material is written (e.g., work related articles and facts), and some is visual (e.g., “Wanted Posters", maps). TIPs are an essential, timed part of the tests they accompany. They are distributed and collected (after a study period) prior to handing out the test booklets. The number of test items that are based on information from the TIP varies by test series.

Supplemental Stock Tests

Supplemental tests enhance the success of your recruitment process by providing you with more in-depth information about candidates’ abilities in a specific area, such as their written communications skills. They also assess a variety of personal traits consistent with success on the job, such as a candidate’s ability to deal with people.

Police Officer Background Data Questionnaire (PO-BDQ) 201-NC Find out if your candidates have the same chance for success on the job as 800 high-performing incumbent police officers from 44 cities and 13 states with the Police Interest Questionnaire.

Police Officer Report Completion Exercise (PO-RCE) 101 & 102 (VID) You can assess your candidates’ observational, listening, and written communication skills with this video-based simulation exercise. Instructions and a 30-minute timer are embedded in the video to make administration easy.

Promotional Tests

Every organization is a product of its leadership, and when speaking of law enforcement agencies, the quality of your leadership affects not only your agency, but the community you serve. IPMA-HR’s promotional police tests provide law enforcement agencies with the essential information needed to help ensure only the most highly-qualified candidates with the greatest leadership potential are promoted.

Police Detective (PDET) 300 Series - The PDET 300 series was designed to assess whether candidates have the competencies to perform successfully at the rank of detective in a law enforcement agency.

Police Supervisor (PSUP) Test 400 Series | Corporal/Sergeant - The PSUP 400 series was designed to assess whether candidates have the competencies to perform successfully at the rank of first-line police supervisor (i.e., corporal or sergeant) in a law enforcement agency.

Police Administrator Test Lieutenant (PL) 401 - PL 401 was designed to assess whether candidates have the competencies to perform successfully at the rank of lieutenant in a law enforcement agency.

Customized Promotional Tests

You need a promotional test for an upper-rank. You look through our stock promotional tests, and find one that would work if only this was different or that were added. Or maybe you’re testing for a rank we don’t have a stock test for at all. When that happens, turn to our Customized Test Service.

Police Officer Structured Interview System (POSIS)

Assess entry-level candidates’ levels of maturity and motivation, and their decision-making, communication and interpersonal skills in a face-to-face setting with the Police Officer Structured Interview System (POSIS). POSIS is available in two versions: Form A and Form B. Both forms assess the same KSAPs and contain seven oral interview questions, four of which are unique to the version.

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Public Safety Assessment Center System (PSACS)

You can assess the promotional potential of police personnel in your department — without incurring the expense of a consulting firm — with the Public Safety Assessment Center System (PSACS). A valuable tool used by law enforcement agencies across the nation, PSACS accurately predicts a candidate’s on-the-job performance at the following ranks:

  • SERGEANT
  • LIEUTENANT
  • CAPTAIN

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Chief Selection Advantage

Get the critical information your managers, HR directors, and city council members need to select your next chief of police with Chief Selection Advantage (CSA). Our community-focused selection process begins with a comprehensive analysis of what stakeholders are looking for, followed by a robust assessment process to match the candidate with the community. A research-based assessment tool, CSA will help you to provide the leadership necessary to make your community a safer and better place to live. Developed in partnership with CPSM and ICMA.

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“I’ve been using IPMA-HR’s entry-level police and fire tests for years. Mine is a small department, and IPMA-HR provides an excellent product that is particularly cost-efficient for a small, community-based organization with limited funding.”

Charles Barga, City Manager, City of Nelsonville, Ohio