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The Lawton Police Department is not accepting applications at this time.

EMPLOYMENT PREREQUISITES

The Lawton Police Department, an equal opportunity employer, is a growing law enforcement agency that provides a variety of specialization fields for those wishing to become police officers. Generally, all new officers are assigned to Uniform Operations for the first three years of their employment. After that, transfer to other duties are considered as vacancies are identified. To become a Lawton Police Officer, an applicant must follow and meet the requirements outlined below.

     
 

Must be between the ages of 21 to 45 years old

 

Must have no felony convictions

 

Must have a High School Diploma or GED

 

Must have no criminal misdomeanor convictions within the last 10 years or since your 18th birthday and none within the last 3 years.

 

Must not have more than 2 criminal misdemeanor convictions within the last 10 years or since your 18th birthday and none within the last 3 years.

  Must not be living with anyone who:
    Has been convicted of a felony unless waived by the Chief of Police
    Has been convicted of more than 2 criminal misdemeanors within the last 2 years unless waived by the Chief of Police
    Is currently a fugitive from justice (Note: A fugitive from justice is defined as any person who has committed any felony or misdemeanor for which they are subject to arrest and prosecution at the time of application.)
     
 

Must not be on probation or a deferred sentence for any criminal violation at the time of the application unless waived by the Chief of Police

  Must not be convicted or criminally involved with:
    Sexual assault (of any kind)
    Public lewdness
    Indecency with a child
     
 

Must not have been arrested or convicted for possession or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. Applicants who have used illegal drugs may not be automatically excluded from consideration for employment. Determining factors for further consideration is based on frequency of use, last date used, and type of drug used.

 

Must not have been convicted of 10 or more traffic violations within the last 5 years or since your 18th birthday.

 

Must not have been convicted for D.U.I., D.W.I., or A.P.C. within the last five (5) years preceding the date of application.

 

Must not have been convicted of driving with a suspended license within the last 5 years unless waived by the Chief of Police

 

Must not have sold or abused steroids

 

Must not have a conviction for domestic abuse

     

Applicant Testing

All applicants will be required to complete and pass each of the following to be considered for hiring and to enter the Police Academy:

     
  Physical Assessment
    300 Meter Run - Minimum time 72.0 Seconds - 1 point deduction per second over 72 seconds - 25 points maximum score
    Push Ups - 25 push ups in one (1) minute - 1 point deduction for each push up under 25 - 25 points maximum score
    Sit Ups - 25 sit upsin one (1) minute - 1 point deduction for each sit up under 25 - 25 points maximum score
    Verticle Jump in inches - 16 inches - 1 point deduction for each 1.5 inches under 16 inches - 25 points maximum score.
     
  Written Examination
    The examination is given to those applicants who successfully complete the physical ability test
   
  Oral Interviews
    A total of two oral interviews are conducted. The first interview is conducted by a panel of police officers and civilians. The second interview occurs during the final stages of the process and is conducted by th Chief of Police and his Staff.
   
  Extensive Background Investigation
    The background investigation includes, but is not limited to, previous employment, traffic and criminal checks, education, financial responsibility, and character references as previously outlined.
   
  Psychological Examination
    The psychological examination includes completion of the MMPI and CPI tests, including interpretation by a licensed practitioner trained to evaluate results of both tests.
   
  Drug Screening
    Complete drug testing is performed to check for any illegal substance.
   
  Physical Examination
    Physical examination included a complete medical examination and evaluation
   
  Polygraph Examination
    A polygraph examination is performed on those individuals that are given a "Conditional Offer of Employment"

 

ACTING CLASSIFICATION PAY -
Employees authorized to perform the duties of a position classification one level above their own position classification are paid an additional 10%.

DETECTIVE PAY -
Employees working in detectives/investigators assignments receive 5% additional pay.

SERGEANT PAY -
Employees may also receive 10% proficiency pay and be designated a Sergeant after 4 years of employment with the Lawton Police Department.

NIGHT WORK PAY DIFFERENTIAL -
Officers who work at least 50% of their scheduled day's work between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. receive 5% for Night Work Pay Differential.

 

Benefits

The benefits of those who will become Lawton Police Officers are:

     
1 88 hours of extra pay for Holidays each year
   
2 80 hours of Paid Vacation following completion of the first year's employment. The amount of paid vacation increases periodically up to 160 hours after 16 years of employment
   
3 Life Insurance
   
4 96 hours of Paid Sick Leave each year; unused sick leave can accumulate to 576 hours after which time you will be paid for any sick leave that exceeds 576 hours at regular salary rates
   
5 24 hours of Paid Bereavement Leave for loss of family members as identified in the labor agreement
   
6 Up to 30 days Paid Military Leave for members of a military Reserve unit or the National Guard
   
7 Retirement Program with the Oklahoma Police Officer's Pension System which allows officers to retire at 50% after 20 years of service or 75% after 30 years of service (Vested Retirement after 10 years at a reduced rate)
   
8 Time and a half in pay or compensated time off for Overtime
   
9 Paid Employment Health Plan (Employee pays $32.50 bi-weekly. City of Lawton pays partially for family members when employees pay the balance for the family plan)
   
10 75% Educational Reimbursement for “out of pocket” tuition expenses for successful completion of approved courses
     
11 Uniforms and Equipent - The City provides all duty required:
    Uniforms
    Leather Goods
    Footwear
    Coats
    Hats
    Weapons
    Vehicles


PROMOTIONAL ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES Officers become eligible for promotion through time in service/grade, various written and oral examinations, and university/college credit hours.