The process for employment
as a Police Officer for the City of Hyattsville is listed
below. Please note that the steps are progressive, and applicants must pass
each one in order to progress to the next
1. Initial City Employment
Application. Each applicant must
complete the City of Hyattsville general employment
application and return it by mail.
If positions are available, you
will be notified by the Background Investigator of the next
here to download the Employment Application
2. Written Test.
applicants must successfully pass a general knowledge written exam,
and each applicant will be notified by mail with the date,
and location of the of the
test. The information contained in the exam
is information you should already know, and does not
contain any questions that
require any specialized training or education. Applicants
with advanced education, including the police academy, are
urged to keep this in mind,
and not to read too
much into each question. For those that are interested, there
is a study guide and/or a practice test available
online at a nominal
To access the Study Guide and/or the
here. For additional test taking "tips" click here.
Agility Test. Each applicant must successfully complete
an agility test designed to measure endurance and the
ability to perform the physical
demands of a police officer. The requirements of
the physical agility test along with the required medical release
can be downloaded by clicking
Investigation. Each applicant must pass a
thorough background investigation, which includes the completion of
a detailed Personal
History Statement (Blue Book). During the background
examination, the Investigator will talk to the applicant's past
employers, neighbors, personal
and may request additional documents such as military discharge
transcripts, training certificates, etc.
5. Oral Review Board.
Each applicant will sit before a panel of
three sworn members of the department and answer questions to the
best of his/her
ability. The questions are focused on giving the
applicant an opportunity to expound why he or she wants to be a
police officer, what the
(and/or weakest) qualities are, how the applicant
would handle him/herself in
certain situations, etc.
Examination. Each applicant
must pass a polygraph (truth verification) examination, as
required by the Maryland Police and Correctional
7. Psychological Examination.
Testing consists of a comprehensive battery of
psychological tests (including written and verbal tests of
followed by an intensive personal
interview by a licensed psychologist.
8. Physical Examination. Each
applicant must pass a complete and thorough examination at a
licensed medical facility, to determine if the applicant
physically fit for
duty. The examination will also include a urine test
(urinalysis) to detect the presence or usage of certain types
of narcotic substances.
* Please note that successful completion
of the above steps does not guarantee employment, as there may be
multiple applicants for a limited number