Police departments across the country are currently facing major staffing challenges. When you're forced to make do with less manpower, who you choose becomes that much more critical. We can help.

You can rely on our police tests to help you find the candidates who have the promise of becoming dedicated police officers - and to identify and promote the leaders in your department.

Entry-level Stock Tests

Know which candidates will be successful on the job before you hire them. Our multiple-choice police tests assess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics necessary for success.

What is a TIP? And why is it important?

Some entry-level tests include a TIP, 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. 

The Police Officer Report Completion Exercise (PO-RCE) 101 & 102 (VID) assess candidates' observational, listening, and written communication skills in a 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) 400 Series 

Police Supervisor (PSUP) Test 500 Series | Corporal/Sergeant 

Police Administrator Test Lieutenant (PL) 501 

Previous Versions of Promotional Tests

Please note the following test titles are older versions that will be phased out. They have been replaced with the newer versions above. When ordering your test, only order the below versions if you have explicitly posted an appropriate reading list for them. Feel free to contact the Assessment Department prior to ordering for assistance.

Police Detective (PDET) 300 Series 

Police Supervisor (PSUP) Test 400 Series | Corporal/Sergeant 

Police Administrator Test Lieutenant (PL) 401 

Custom 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.

Chief Selection Advantage

Developed in partnership with the Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM), Chief Selection Advantage is an innovative and structured approach to greatly increasing the chances of selecting the right person for this critical role in your community. A thorough assessment of the community’s needs for law enforcement service and the current state of the police department is performed in order to develop tools to systematically narrow down the applicants based on the identified needed capabilities and attributes. A full-day assessment center is then produced to test for those qualities and skills using trained raters. The results inform your decision with far more relevant information than the standard recruitment, which relies on a paper screening of resumes and multiple interviews.

“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