TO BECOME A POLICE OFFICER

The Hiring Process

The Police Officer Probationary:

$40,605 ($19.52 per hour)

Applicants with a current West Virginia Law Enforcement Certification will receive a $3,000 sign on bonus if hired.

 

The Martinsburg Police Department is responsible for enforcing the laws and regulations designed to protect the life and property of the citizens of the City and to improve their quality of life.

The probationary Police Officer participates in an extensive training program. The program consists of field training while under the direct supervision of a field training officer as well as the successful completion of approximately 15 weeks training at the West Virginia State Police Academy in Charleston WV. The Academy is a live-in, military style academy, which prepares and trains you for the responsibilities of the job.

The Officer will be under a probationary status for one year from the time of hire.

The responsibilities of a Martinsburg Police Officer include patrolling a designated area to preserve peace and prevent the commission of crime. Officers enforce motor vehicle laws and parking regulations, direct traffic, conduct investigations at the scene of a crime, administer first aid, gather evidence, obtain witness statements, effect arrests, testify in court and make community contacts. The professional conscientious performance of duties is carried out with limited supervision. The work of a Police Officer involves considerable risk and requires use of sound, independent judgment.

Applications for employment can be obtained by writing, downloading from the web or appearing at:

Martinsburg City Hall

Office of City Recorder

232 North Queen Street

Martinsburg WV 25401

304.264.2131

The City of Martinsburg is an equal opportunity employer

 

About the Police Department

The City of Martinsburg Police Department is located on the first floor of City Hall at 232 North Queen Street.

The department employs a total of 48 officers.

These include:

1 Chief

1 Major

1 Captain

4 Lieutenants

6 Sergeants

7 Corporals

28 Patrol officers

The Pay scales as of July 1, 2014 are:

Ø      Police Officer  $40,605- 60,908

Ø      Corporal          $42.636- 63,953

Ø      Sergeant         $44,767- 67,151

Ø      Lieutenant       $47,006- 70,509

Ø      Captain           $52,905- 79,358

             Chief              $57,811- 86,717

The Detective Division has three Officers assigned fulltime and two other Officers are assigned full time to the Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. Two Officers are assigned to the K9 Division. We also have Officers assigned to Bicycle patrol and a SWAT team. We operate under a Community Policing Policy.

In 2013 calendar year the department handled 28984 calls for service. While we are a busy department we still strive for a personal touch and maintain a proactive approach to law enforcement.

During the 2013 calendar year we made 3366 adult arrests and 250 Juvenile Arrests.

We have three shifts 6am-2pm, 2pm-10pm and 10pm-6am. Five on and two off. You rotate the shifts and change each month.

We have instituted a Citizens Academy as well as a Junior Police Academy and other programs to meet the needs of the youth and citizens of the community.

 

The Hiring Process

 

Obtain an application from the office of the City Recorder, or download one.

Be between the ages of 18 and 40 years of age at the time of the application

File your application with the City Recorder’s Office

Upon notification, appear to take and achieve a passing grade on a competitive written examination

Also on the date of the written exam, you will need to achieve a passing score on a physical agility test. Certification from a physician will be required prior to the taking of the agility test. The agility test shall consist of 18 Push-ups in (1) one minute, 28 bent leg sit-ups in (1) minute, and a 1.5 mile run completed in 14 minutes and 36 seconds.

Undergo a complete medical examination testing your general physical condition

Undergo a psychiatric evaluation testing your mental stability for appointment

Submit to and cooperate with authorities in a background investigation as to your suitability for employment

Appear for appropriate oral interviews

Submit to any additional examinations as to your suitability for employment

 

About your benefits

 

Employees of the Police Department are entitled to a range of fringe benefits to include:

Vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave, 85% paid health, life, dental and vision insurance, longevity pay and a police pension. There are also Cost of Living Adjustments as necessary and merit pay increases on a yearly basis

The Pension scale is as follows:

You must have at least 20 years of service and be age 50 in order to draw your retirement

20 years of service = 60%

2% a year for the next five years of service for a total percentage of 70% at 25 years of service

1% each additional year with a cap on the maximum percentage of retirement at 75%

Paid equipment and uniforms

One-hour minimum overtime for off duty court appearances

The Police Department has a modified take home car program

 

Physical Agility Screening

 

The ADA provides that "an employer may give a physical agility test to determine physical qualifications necessary for certain jobs prior to making a job offer if it is simply an agility test and not a medical examination." Moreover, if an employer uses such a test, he must be prepared to demonstrate the job-relatedness of the test and that the test is consistent with business necessity.

The ADA Technical Assistance Manual, furthermore, clarifies that an agility test does not involve medical examinations or diagnoses by a physician. However, an employer "can request the applicant’s physician to respond to a very restricted inquiry which describes the specific agility test and asks: " Can this person safely perform this test?"

In light of the above and the necessity in policing that physical capacity to learn and perform essential tasks must be demonstrated, we devised a Physical Agility Screening Test. We did not devise a content-based test because they tend to have adverse impact and do not accurately predict actual candidate performance.

Based on the significant work of the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research, we propose the battery of screening elements. We recommend this process because its elements get to a candidate’s trainability and do not have adverse impact. Also, it is our expectation that these elements can and will be administered locally and a determination of pass/fail made there as well. Failure in any one element is sufficient to exclude the person from proceeding any further in the selection process.

Finally, prior to undergoing the test battery, the applicant MUST present signed a "Doctors Certification of Fitness to Perform Agility Test." Failure to do so MUST mean exclusion from the testing process. You would receive this form at a later time prior to the test.

· See Americans with Disabilities Act – A Technical Assistance Manual, U.S. EEOC, 1992, pp. IV-8/IV-9