Recruitment

Recruitment for Stillwater Police Department (2019)


Download 2019 Police Officer Application Packet

Applications will be accepted August 19 through October 3, 2019.


What we are looking for

Diverse, innovative applicants who have a strong work ethic, a high moral character and actively embrace the community-policing philosophy. Are you ready to join our team?


About Stillwater, Oklahoma

Stillwater is a college town with spirit, culture, energy, youthfulness, diversity, and unity. Located in north-central Oklahoma, Stillwater is the area’s educational, shopping, dining and recreational hub. We are a vibrant city of approximate 50,000 residents, conveniently located just 20 miles east of I-35, one hour from Oklahoma City and Tulsa and one and a half hours from Wichita, Kansas.


About the Stillwater Police Department

A strong community-policing philosophy guides the efforts of the department as officers work with partners in the community to identify and solve problems. The department is a full-service law enforcement agency with 80 sworn officers and 45 civilian support employee who provide 24/7 police services. 

Career opportunities including the following:

  • Police Officers

  • Detention Officers

  • Communication Specialists

  • Records Specialists

  • Animal Welfare Officers

The department is housed in a four-story, state-of-the-art facility with a sophisticated communications center and modern detention facility. The building also includes underground parking, office space, classroom training space, and a weight room/fitness center.


Salary/Benefits 

We offer competitive salaries, generous benefits, opportunity to advance, and great community support.

Beginning salaries for police officer recruits are as follows:

  • Starting Salary Range: $49,293–$55,496 (Plus benefits)

  • Salary Range after 3.5 Years: $61,742–$64,887 (Plus benefits)

Applicants may qualify for additional pay based on college education, specialty assignments, longevity pay, holiday pay, overtime assignments, cleaning allowances and performance bonuses.

Benefits include the following:

  • 401K retirement plans available for communications specialists, detention officers, records personnel and animal welfare officers

  • 20-year retirement for police officers under the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System

  • Paid vacation, sick, holiday and personal leave

  • College tuition reimbursement program

  • Employee recognition program

  • Uniform and equipment provided

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance coverage for family

  • Life insurance

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)


Qualifications 

The Stillwater PD selection process is designed to select the most qualified applicant.

Basic qualifications include the following:

  • Must be 21 years of age for police officer applicants; 18 for other positions

  • No felony convictions

  • No convictions for crimes of moral turpitude

  • No convictions of domestic violence

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent


Hiring Process

To ensure the best candidate is selected, the process is extensive and is outlined below:

  • Initial application

  • Written examination

  • Physical agility testing (Police officer applicants only)

  • Oral interview board

  • Comprehensive background investigation

  • Psychological testing

  • Polygraph examination

  • Police pension medical examination (Police officer applicants only)

  • Pre-employment drug screen

  • Interview with chief of police

Note: Applicants are not automatically disqualified for information pertaining to employment history, driving record, criminal history and drug use; however, any false information, misstatements or omission of material facts may result in disqualification.


Paid Training

New officers receive initial training through the Oklahoma Police Academy. Upon completion of the CLEET Academy’s 18-week program, new officers must complete SPD’s Recruit Training Program (18 weeks) and Field Training and Evaluation Program (15 weeks). After completion of the probationary period, new officers are eligible to apply for specialized assignments in addition to regular duties.


Selected Specialized Assignments

  • Criminal Investigator

  • Crisis Negotiator

  • Drug, Alcohol & Street Crimes Investigator

  • School Resource Officers (SRO)

  • Public Information Officers (PIO)

  • K9 Unit

  • Lake Patrol

  • Bicycle Patrol

  • Accident Re-constructionist

  • Field Training Officer

  • Special Operations Team (SWAT)

  • Honor Guard

  • Drug Recognition Expert

  • Firearms Instructor

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor

  • Law Enforcement Driver Training Instructor

  • Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor


Equipment

The SPD supports its personnel by providing up-to-date equipment and technology, including a Glock 9mm semiautomatic handgun and a Colt AR-15A3 rifle. 


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