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Application requirements, testing procedures, and pay and benefits

Applicant Requirements

For appointment as a police officer with the City of Bloomington, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

1. Must be at least 21 years of age before appointment to the Department.

2. Must be a high school graduate (G.E.D. is acceptable). A college degree is preferred.

3. Must reside in Monroe County, or a county adjacent to Monroe County, at the time of appointment to the Department.

4. Must possess a valid Driver's License from the State of Indiana at the time of appointment to the Department.

5. Must successfully pass a general aptitude and physical agility tests.

6. Must submit to a polygraph examination, and be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation.

7. Must submit to oral interviews before the Police Personnel Screening Committee and the Board of Public Safety for the purpose of determining the applicant's ability to communicate, experience, and background.

8. After a job offer is made, the applicant must pass a psychological screening and physical examination performed by a licensed physician, chosen by the Police Pension Board, and be accepted into the Police Public Employment Retirement Fund.

9. Must pass the physical fitness standards of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, and must meet and maintain the physical standards of the Bloomington Police Department throughout employment.

Testing Procedures

The testing location will be announced approximately 2 weeks prior to the testing date. This information will be sent to the email provided on the application. The schedule for the day will be as follows:

09:30 - 10:00 Check In
10:00 - 12:30 Physical Agility Test
13:00 - 15:00 Written Examination


A description of both the written aptitude test and physical agility test is presented below. Please examine these procedures to ensure you fully understand them since each applicant has the responsibility of informing the department of any difficulties or problems created by these procedures. Applicants who wish to report any concerns about these procedures should contact the department no later than one week prior to the examination date.

Written Test

Instructions for the test will be read aloud by the test monitor. The test will require that applicants read printed materials and record their answers in the test booklet. Each section of the test is timed.

Listed below are some tips, which might help to make your test more comfortable and successful.

1) Answer every question on the test, even if you have to guess; there is no penalty for guessing.

2) Take your time.

3) Lunch will not be provided.

4) Listen carefully to the monitor's instructions.

5) Make certain that your answers are entered into the correct spaces on the answer sheet.

6) If you have trouble with a particular question, skip it and return to it later.

7) Get a good night's rest before the test.

8) Try to relax as much as possible during the test.

Testing will take all morning and include physical agility testing, so wear comfortable workout type clothing.

NOTE: Smoking is not allowed in the study/examination room, or anywhere on testing property.

Physical Agility Tests:

  • Vertical Jump: Minimum 16 inches
  • Sit Ups: Minimum 29 in one minute
  • 300 Meter Run: Maximum 71 seconds
  • Push Ups: Minimum 25 no time limit
  • 1.5 Mile Run: Maximum 16 minutes 28 seconds

Protocol for Vertical Jump (minimum 16 inches)

1. Applicant stands with feet together under the measuring apparatus and reaches as high as possible to mark a spot.

2. Applicant jumps as high as possible and marks the highest point of the jump. Applicant must jump from both feet. Arms may be pumped and thrust upward. The foot closest to the apparatus must remain stationary. Moving the foot farthest from the apparatus prior to the jump is optional.

Protocol for Sit Ups (minimum 29 in one minute)

1. The applicant starts by lying on his/her back, knees bent, heels flat on the floor, with the fingers interlaced and held behind the head. Avoid pulling on the head with the hands. The buttocks must remain on the floor with no thrusting of the hips.

2. A partner holds the feet down firmly.

3. The applicant then performs as many correct sit-ups as possible in 1 minute.

4. In the sit-up position, the applicant should touch elbows to knees and then return until the shoulder blades touch the floor.

5. Score is total number of correct sit-ups. Any resting must be done in the up position. Resting more than one (1) second on the floor invalidates the results.

Protocol for 300 Meter Run (maximum 71 seconds)

1. Applicant runs 300 meters at a maximum level of effort. Time used to complete the distance is recorded.

Protocol for Push Ups (minimum 25 no time limit)

1. Hands are placed shoulder width apart, with fingers pointing forward. Some parts of the hands must lie within a vertical line drawn from the outside edge of the shoulders to the floor. A partner/scorer places one fist on the floor below the participant's chest (sternum).

2. Starting from the up position (arms fully extended with elbows locked, both hands and both feet only touching the floor), the applicant must keep the back straight at all times and lower the body to the floor until the chest (sternum) touches the scorer's fist. The applicant then returns to the up position with the elbows fully locked. This is one repetition.

3. Resting is permitted only in the up position. The back must remain straight during resting.

4. When the applicant elects to stop or cannot continue, the total number of correct push-ups is recorded as the score. There is no time limit.

Protocol for 1.5 Mile Run (maximum time 16 minutes 28 seconds)

1. The applicant will run 1.5 miles as quickly as possible.

2. Finish times will be called out and recorded.

Bloomington Police Pay and Benefits for 2018

Officer First Class $52,916.00

Probationary Officer (1 Year) $47,625.00

*In addition to the salary listed above, the City shall also contribute four percent (4%) of the salary of a fully paid Officer First Class to the Public Employees Retirement Fund on behalf of each police officer.


For Officer 1st Class and Senior Police Officer:

1 unit = $100.00

Longevity: 1 year = 1 unit

Training: 20 hours per year = 1 unit

Training must be completed during the year for credit on next year's pay. Credit for training is not cumulative. In order to qualify for credit, any training must be approved by the Chief in advance of the training.

Professional and Command Classifications:

Professional pay is divided into three (3) levels.

Category 1 = School Liaison Officer, Training Instructor, CIRT Officer, Hostage Negotiator, Breath Analyzer, Canine Officer, Bike Patrol, Dive Team, Motorcycle Patrol, Civil Disturbance Unit, Accident Reconstructionist, Honor Guard, Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), Downtown Resource Officer (DRO).

Category 2 = Field Training Officer (FTO), Detectives

Category 1 - 5 units

Category 2 - 14 units

An officer may hold and be compensated for multiple certifications.

Employee must maintain and/or hold classification to keep units and associated pay.

Officers may not perform the duties of a professional classification on a temporary or part-time basis without compensation per the guidelines of this Section.


Education pay divided into three (3) levels.

2 year degree = 6 units

4 year degree = 12 units

Masters, Law, or Doctorate degree = 16 units

Employee will be paid for a maximum of forty-eight (48) units.

PERF pay is based on the salary of an Officer First Class + 20 units.

Vacation: 28 days vacation, pro-rated first year


Unscheduled Duty Pay: $35.00/hour with a one & one half hour minimum

Annual Clothing Allotment: $1,600.00

Shift Differential Pay: Afternoons: $32 per pay

Nights: $40 per pay

Thank you for your interest in the Bloomington Police Department. If you need additional information or wish to report a difficulty associated with the testing procedures, contact Captain Steve Kellams at