Hiring Process

The Columbus Police Department (CPD) is continually seeking qualified applicants for the position of police officer. CPD offers a challenging and rewarding career and opportunities to serve the community in a variety of ways. The Department has a tradition of strict hiring standards, extensive training, state of the art equipment and technology, and professionalism. CPD is highly regarded in the law enforcement community and one of the most sought after departments for those seeking a career in policing.

Our hiring process is a competitive process and is generally conducted once per year. Applicants compete against each other in terms of qualifications and performance in the various phases of the hiring process. While not required, a college education, law enforcement experience, and/or military service will improve an applicant’s standing. Those applicants who pass all phases of the hiring process are placed on an eligibility list for future openings. CPD’s hiring process and benefit package are described below.

The hiring process includes, but is not limited to, the following:

After an offer of employment is extended, the following will be completed:

  • Thorough background investigation including a polygraph exam;
  • Psychological evaluation;
  • Successful completion of: probationary year, including Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, and Field Training Program.