The Appleton Police Department selection process is a fair and equitable competition that results in the
best candidates being offered employment. Applicants will be processed on an ongoing basis throughout
the year. The amount of time required to complete all stages of the process varies according to the needs
of the Department and anticipated start dates.
The following describes the steps in our police officer hiring process:
Application for employment: The application may be obtained by requesting one from the City of
Appleton Human Resources Department (920) 832-6458 or on our website www.appleton.org/police.
Applications are screened for completeness and minimum qualifications. Once the application is
received, assuming minimum qualifications are met, you will be invited to take our written test. You
must have 60 post high school credits by the date of application. Proof may be required.
Written Assessments: There are two short assessments made up of two parts. The first part is timed for
15 minutes. The second part is timed for 20 minutes.
The written assessments include 2 essential areas for entry-level testing. The two areas are reading
comprehension and vocabulary. The assessments do not assess your knowledge of police procedure.
Physical Fitness Testing: The fitness standards are absolute standards; you must pass each test by the
minimal cutoff score. If needed, the push-ups, sit ups, and vertical jump are demonstrated prior to the
candidate testing. The standards are the same for all applicants.
The physical fitness test will consist of:
1.5 Mile Run
300 Meter Run
1 Minute Sit ups
12 inches cut off
Department Panel Interviews: Upon successful completion of the written assessments, you are invited
to interview with the members of the Appleton Police Department. We will try to coordinate the
interviews in conjunction with the Physical Fitness Testing or with the Written Assessments.