Become a City of Erie Police Officer

Applicants must meet certain requirements to become a City of Erie Police Officer. All qualifications are set by the City of Erie Civil Service Board. For a list of all qualification requirements, click here.

Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 65.

The starting salary is $48,981

The salary after 37 months is $73,846

Class A salary after 60 months is $92,363

Schedule is 4 days on, 2 days off

Application Process

In order to become a City of Erie police officer, interested candidates must follow the current application process, outlined below.

Applications are available online from April 5, 2021 to June 30, 2021 at:

Each application must include a signed money order for $80 payable to Mercyhurst University Police Academy.

Regarding applications:

Must include a signed money order for $80 payable to “Mercyhurst University Police Academy”

No personal checks will be accepted

No refunds

Do not send resume or cover letter or personal records or certificates

Applications can be dropped off in person, emailed, or mailed to:

Mercyhurst University Police Academy
16 W. Division Street
North East, PA 16428

Applications must be dropped off, emailed or postmarked by July 10, 2020.

Registration opens: April 5, 2021

Registration deadline: June 30, 2021

Physical agility test: August 7, 2021

Written test: August 7, 2021

Applications are handled by the Northwest PA Regional Police Testing Consortium. Applications. There is a $80 application fee which is payable online or by signed money order. To apply online, click here.

Applicants must pass written and physical agility tests, which are administered by the Northwest PA Regional Police Testing Consortium. Military service time is the only qualifier for additional points to the written test. Candidates must be Act 120 certified at date of hire. 

Applicants must pass the Northwest PA Regional Police Testing
Consortium physical agility test and written exam to become a City of
Erie police officer. The consortium administers the National Police Select TestTM,
which was developed by Fire & Police Selection, Inc.

Physical Agility Test
The Northwest PA Regional Police Testing Consortium physical agility test is pass or fail. A photo ID is required for applicants taking the physical agility test. Registration for the physical agility test opens (date) at 0600. A photo ID is required to take the exam.

Based on their age and gender,
candidates must score in the 30th percentile or higher as specified by the
Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research standards for each of the required
evaluations to pass the physical agility test:

Test Minimum Standard
1.5 mile run 15 minutes and 54 seconds or less
300 meter run 1 minute and 6 seconds or less
Sit ups 30 repetitions or more
Push ups 25 repetitions or more
Vertical jump 15.5 inches or more

Written Test
If the applicant passes the physical agility test, the Northwest PA Regional Police Testing Consortium written test will follow at Penn State Behrend 4701 College Drive Erie, PA 16563. A photo ID is required for applicants taking the written test.

Also, applicants do not need to be a resident of the City of Erie to apply for employment or take the written and physical exams. However, within a year of being hired, candidates will be required to live within a 15 mile radius of City Hall, located at:

City of Erie Municipal Building
626 State St.
Erie, PA 16501

Optional study resources for the written test are available on the Mercyhurst North East Municipal Police Training Academy website at:  http://northeast.mercyhurst.edu/municipal-police-training-academy

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.  Payments will be submitted through PayPal via an 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!

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

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

(814) 870-1168

Erie PAL Facebook Page
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