IPMA-HR's Response to COVID-19

We are working hard to support our customers, communities, and employees during this difficult time. IPMA-HR will continue taking orders throughout and will be shipping items on Mondays only. We want to make sure our customers can get the items they need, when they need them. To protect our staff, the majority of our workforce is working remotely. We ask that you please plan accordingly when placing your order to ensure it is delivered on time. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out: assessment@ipma-hr.org or 1-800-381-TEST (8378). Thank you!

Police Department Tests

Being a police officer takes much more than physical agility. It requires someone with patience, problem-solving skills, communication skills, compassion, integrity, and a love of service and community. At a time when departments nationwide are struggling to fill their ranks, having the right tools to help you identify the best candidates for hiring and promotion is more critical than ever. IPMA-HR's police tests and assessment systems provide you with the information you need to hire with confidence

Police Tests

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Police Officer Entry-level (PO-EL) 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.


Give your job candidates every opportunity to succeed with IPMA-HR's Entry-Level Police Officer Candidate Study Guide. Learn more.



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. 



Assessment Systems

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