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Minimum Standards

Failure to meet any of the required selection process standards will result in the applicant’s elimination from the process.

  • The applicant shall be a citizen of the United States or have in-resident alien status as defined by federal law.
  • The applicant must have vision corrected to 20/20.
  • The applicant shall possess a valid North Dakota driver’s license; or, in case of residency therein, a valid driver’s license from another state; or eligibility to obtain either license. 
  • By the date of hire, the applicant must have completed the equivalent of a two-year education at an accredited college or university. An AA degree, 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits will fulfill this requirement.
  • By the date of hire the applicant must have successfully completed basic skills training at an accredited academy and be POST board eligible.
  • The applicant must be at least 21 years old at the time of testing.
  • The applicant shall not have been convicted of a felony or class A misdemeanor in this state or in any other state or federal jurisdiction or of any offense in any other jurisdiction that would have been a felony or class A misdemeanor if committed in North Dakota.
  • The applicant must have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces if he/she has been in the military service. 
  • The applicant shall complete a comprehensive written application.
  • The applicant shall pass a job-related examination of the applicant’s physical strength and agility to demonstrate the possession of physical skills necessary to accomplish the duties and functions of a peace officer.
  • The applicant shall submit to a thorough background investigation, including searches by local, state, and federal agencies, to disclose the existence of any criminal record or conduct that would adversely affect the performance of a peace officer’s duties.
  • The applicant shall cooperate fully with the background investigation. If any deception (i.e., not providing information requested or changing information either on current or previous applications or completed backgrounds) is found, the applicant is permanently barred from further re-testing procedures. 
  • The applicant shall successfully complete an oral examination conducted by or for the agency to demonstrate the possession of communication skills necessary to accomplish the duties and functions of a peace officer.
  • The applicant must submit to a polygraph examination. 
  • A licensed physician shall make a thorough medical examination of the applicant to determine that the applicant is free from any physical condition that might adversely affect the performance of a peace officer’s duties.
  • An evaluation, including an oral interview, shall be made by a licensed psychologist to determine that the applicant is free from any emotional or mental condition that might adversely affect the performance of a peace officer’s duties.
  • The applicant shall be fingerprinted for the purpose of disclosure of any felony convictions.