Nearly 170 years of tradition set the Erie Police Department apart. Hiring its first African-American officer in 1904, and Pennsylvania’s first female officer in 1916, EPD has consistently been ahead of its time. We are committed to diversity. We value our veterans. We serve the community first. Our training prepares us, but integrity determines how we respond. We are one team. We are called to serve and sworn to protect.  And in everything we do—we’ll have your back. Join a new generation of policing.


All qualifications are set by the City of Erie Civil Service Commission. Applicant must:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 65.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalency
  • Be Act 120-certified at the time of hire
  • Pass the Northwest PA Regional Police Testing Consortium written and physical agility tests by date of hire
  • Agree to move within a 15-mile radius of the City of Erie Municipal Building, 626 State St. Erie, PA 16501
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Have good moral character as determined by background check, psychological testing, and other reviews
  • Possess a current and valid driver’s license
  • Be free from convictions of disqualifying criminal offenses

For a list of all qualifications, click here.

Schedule and Benefits

  • Officers work 4 days on, 2 days off
  • Vested pension after 12 years of service
  • Clothing and cleaning purchase allowance
  • Bonus for post-secondary education
  • 457(b) and 401(a) plans available
  • Medical, dental, prescription, vision, and life insurance at minimal cost


  • Applications are handled by the Northwest PA Regional Police Testing Consortium
  • Applications will be accepted from April 5, 2024 to June 30, 2024
  • There is an $80 application fee which is payable online or by signed money order
  • Apply here: https://nwparpolice.wixsite.com/nwpar


  • Physical Agility test will be August 3, 2024 at the Cathedral Prep Hagerty Family Events Center (501 W. 12th St. Erie, PA 16501).
  • Written Test will be August 3, 2024 at Mercyhurst University Municipal Police Training Academy.
  • Military service time is the only qualifier for additional points to the written test.
  • Candidates must be Act 120-certified at their date of hire (see below for details). 

Applicants may order the “Police Aptitude and Character Test, PACT Candidate Orientation Guide” by clicking the following link: https://www.fpsi.com/product/pact-orientation-guide/. The PACT Candidate Orientation Guide is a helpful tool to prepare for the exam and can be downloaded as a PDF file and saved or printed. Please read through the disclaimer on the order page in order to have a successful download. The cost is $15. Payments will be submitted through PayPal via a checking account or credit/debit card. Once payment is submitted, PayPal automatically redirects you back to the FPSI site where access to the download link will be located on the Order Details-Checkout Status page.  Applicants must pay close attention to ALL instructions on both FPSI and PayPal’s websites in order to access the instant download successfully!

Upon successfully passing both exams, applicant is notified and placed on the hiring list, ranked highest to lowest (depending on written test scores).

Act 120 Certification Information Sessions

Information sessions are held at the Mercyhurst University Municipal Police Academy located in the Janet L. Miller Building at 5999 State Rt. 89, North East, PA, 16428. Dates of information sessions will be updated soon.  

For more information, visit Mercyhurst University Municipal Police Academy

Thomas Lenox
Lieutenant - Recruitment/Police Athletic League (PAL)

(814) 870-1168

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