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Exam Process
The Northwest PA Regional Police Testing Consortium administers the City of Erie’s applications and testing for the position of police officer.

Applicants do not need to possess PA Act 120 certification to apply for employment or take the written and physical exams. Applicants must have completed the PA Act 120 Training before the date-of-hire. The Erie Bureau of Police does not pay nor reimburse any applicant for attending the Act 120 training.

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

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 8:30 a.m. and the test will begin promptly at 9 a.m. A photo ID is required to take the exam.

The physical agility test will be held at:

Harborcreek High School
6375 Buffalo Rd.
Harborcreek, PA 16421

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 the Municipal Police Training Academy at Mercyhurst North East. A photo ID is required for applicants taking the written test.

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

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

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