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					                    WETHERSFIELD, CONNECTICUT
                         DIVISION OF POLICE

TO:            Police Officer Candidates

FROM:          Sgt. Thomas Mitney

SUBJECT:       Police Candidate Selection Process

DATE:          July 1, 2012

We appreciate your interest in applying for a position as a Police Officer with the
Wethersfield Police Department. The selection process is generally acknowledged as a
key activity in determining the operational effectiveness of a law enforcement agency.
Our main objective in this process is to identify the best-qualified candidates for the
position of Police Officer. We believe the process that we have developed ensures that
our objectives are attained. The following is a brief description of the components of the
selection process we will utilize.

The Wethersfield Police Department will utilize the following components in its selection
process; Physical Ability Assessment, Written Examination, Oral Board Examination,
Background Investigation, Polygraph Examination, Psychological Test and Interview and
Medical Examination (including Drug Screening and Stress Test).

A brief overview of the various components is provided for your information.

                        Components of the Selection Process

1.      Physical Ability Assessment

        The Physical Ability Assessment evaluates candidates in four areas, muscular
        endurance, flexibility, absolute strength and cardiovascular capacity, as
        measured by four physical activities. These activities include the sit-up, flex,
        bench press and 1.5 mile run. The Physical Ability Assessment follows
        standards set forth by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council of
        the State of Connecticut.

        Applicants must successfully pass the Physical Ability Assessment, as conducted
        by the Complete Health & Injury Prevention, Inc. (C.H.I.P.) at the 40 %
        standard. Applicants are required to have a current C.H.I.P. card at the time of
        their oral board examination.

        Additional information including registration      forms    can   be   found   at
        www.policeapp.com or www.chip-inc.com .
2.   Written Examination

     The written examination will test your ability to read and apply new information,
     reading and writing skills, problem solving ability and your attitude toward police
     work. The minimum passing score on the written examination is 70 % .

3.   Oral Board Examination

     The oral board examination will be offered to those applicants who scored in the
     top portion of the written examination. T h e e xa m i n a t i o n c o n s i s t s o f t he
     applicant answering a series of questions as presented by a panel of raters,
     generally a police lieutenant, police sergeant and field training officer. The oral
     board examination is meant        to    measure      the         applicant’s        verbal
     comprehension and expression and problem solving abilities.                            The
     minimum passing score on the oral board examination is 70 % .

     The group of applicants who score with the highest weighted combined written
     and oral board examination scores will be invited to continue in the hiring

4.   Background Investigation

     An in-depth and thorough background investigation will be conducted on all
     applicants prior to their appointment as a probationary employee by this agency.
     This investigation is multifaceted and will address many areas including, but not
     limited to, verification of information pertaining to employment history, education,
     citizenship, military history, criminal records, general reputation and motor
     vehicle driving history. Information uncovered in this investigation may be further
     addressed in other phases of the selection process.

5.   Polygraph Examination

     The polygraph examination is used as an investigative tool in conjunction with
     the other remaining components of the process. Generally speaking, the subject
     areas from which questions are developed include health, prior arrests, if any,
     use of drugs, including marijuana, use of alcohol, involvement in illicit sexual
     relationships or acts, motor vehicle history, military background, gambling
     activities, education, prior and/or current applications and involvement in theft or
     misappropriation of property. Specific questions may be asked subject to
     responses to general questions. It is the policy of this Division of Police that no
     candidate for employment as a Police Officer will be rejected solely on an
     adverse or unfavorable report of a polygraph examination. Information obtained
     from other phases including the background investigation, coupled with an
     adverse or unfavorable polygraph report may be sufficient grounds for rejection
     of a candidate.

6.   Psychological Tests and Interview

     Candidates will be required to interview with a qualified psychologist or
     psychiatrist. This interview may be coupled with the taking of appropriate tests.
     The purpose is to determine a candidate’s suitability for employment as a Police
     Officer. An adverse or unfavorable report may be grounds for rejection of a
7.     Medical Examination

       Prior to appointment to probationary status, candidates will be required to
       undergo a medical examination to determine suitability for employment. Among
       the areas to be checked will be the candidate’s cardiovascular system. A drug-
       screening test will be conducted as part of the medical examination.

The Town of Wethersfield reserves the right to accept a previous polygraph examination
or psychological interview of any candidate if such examination report is acceptable and
such test or interview was conducted within the time limits established by the CT Police
Officers Standards and Training Council.

Candidates not offered employment or placed on the eligibility list resulting from this
testing process may reapply in a future selection process. This testing process is
expected to be concluded by December 2012.

                                  EEO STATEMENT

The Town of Wethersfield is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to a policy of
non-discrimination on any basis prohibited by law in employment or the provision of
services. If you require a reasonable accommodation when applying or interviewing for a
Town position, please contact Mr. Jeff Bridges, Town Manager at 721-2801.

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