Candidates for entry level Police Officer positions in Michigan must complete a hiring process before appointment as a Police Officer. This process can include, but is not limited to written tests, interviews, background investigations, drug tests, psychological and physical examinations to determine the fitness and 'good moral character' of a candidate. While each department has developed a hiring process which meets its needs, most departments begin with a written examination.
To assist departments and test takers a written examination is conducted at various locations throughout the State. The result of this examination is accepted by all participating Police Departments in the state.
Not only will your score be available to departments of your choice, but your resume and contact information (address, phone, etc.) will be available to the departments via a secure internet site. This means that departments will use this system to not only retrieve and verify test scores, but also as one of their recruiting tools. For some, it could be their only source of recruits for positions in their departments.
Each department historically conducted its own entry-level test. Candidates for employment could be required to take a new written examination at every department where they applied for a position. Many candidates apply to a number of departments - potentially taking a large number of written exams. This could result in a number of days off work or school - inefficient for candidates and departments.
Now, your score from one test is used by all participating departments.
There is a non-refundable fee of $75.00 to take an examination.
To schedule an appointment to take the entry-level examination, you must first register with us. After registering, you can schedule an exam. You only need to register with us once. After you have registered, you may return later to update your information, schedule additional tests, and review your test scores.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
The following are the minimum requirements that must be met to be eligible for LETS testing:
- Be a US Citizen
- Be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D. certificate
- Have no felony convictions on your record
- Have a valid driver's license
- Have vision correctable to 20/20 with no major defects
- Have normal color vision and normal hearing
- Possess current MCOLES passing scores (or, be registered to take these examinations) on the Reading and Writing and the Physical Skills Pre-Employment tests. Generally, current sworn officers in Michigan are exempt from the MCOLES pre-employment tests
A number of Michigan Police Departments require candidates to be a certified police officer or MCOLES certifiable. For information on MCOLES certification, go to www.michigan.gov/mcoles.
Individuals who have previous law enforcement training and/or experience may seek eligibility for Michigan Law Enforcement Licensure through the Recognition of Prior Training and Experience process. A waiver of mandatory basic police training may be granted to a person who was previously a police officer in Michigan, another state, or to a Michigan pre-service candidate who is seeking additional years of eligibility. Out-of-state candidate applications for Recognition of Prior Training and Experience will not be accepted unless the candidate has completed at least one year of full-time, fully empowered, paid police service following his/her police training. Visit MCOLES at www.michigan.gov/mcoles for more information
Please understand these are minimum requirements to participate in LETS. Departments often have additional criteria for eligibility. Specific information on each department is available on their websites
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