ATTENTION!!!! ATTENTION!!!! ATTENTION!!!!
City of Bradford-Police Officer Examination
The Municipal Civil Service Commission for the City of Bradford (the “Commission”) will be administering an entry level examination for the position of Police Officer. The examination will take place on December 19, 2020 at 9:00 AM the location of exam will be City Hall 24 Kennedy Street, Bradford, PA 16701. The City of Bradford is located in Northwestern Pennsylvania and has a population of approximately 8,300 residents. The Bradford Police Department currently has 18 sworn, full-time officers and 1 non-sworn civilian personnel. The current salary of first year Police Officer is $41,819.54, which increases at the beginning of the second year of service (salaries are subject to the most current F.O.P. Union contract). Officers are also entitled to an employee benefits package. Entry level candidates MUST have successfully completed Pennsylvania’s ACT 120 Municipal Police officer’s Training program. ACT 120 certifications must be current/valid at the time of a conditional offer of employment with the City of Bradford. Test applications for the position of Entry Level Police Officer are available online at www.bradfordpa.com or in person during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday) at City hall, 24 Kennedy Street, Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701. Interested applicants may obtain an application for the position with sign-ups beginning on Monday, November 2, 2020. Applications must be returned to the Human Resources Department by Friday, December 11th, 2020 at 4:30 PM with a non-refundable fee in the amount of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars per application. Payment may be in cash or in the form of a check or money order payable to: “City of Bradford Treasurer.” Successful candidates of the written portion of the test will be individually responsible for costs related to the Physical Agility, Doctor’s Physical and Psychological portions of the testing process.
The written examination will be competitive with a minimum passing score of 70%. Only the top scores on the written examination, with a score of 70% or higher, will be eligible to proceed to the next step in the overall selection process—the Oral Examination. Any tying scores on the written examination will be broken based on the date and time of filing the application with the Human Resources Department; the earlier date and time will declare the higher position. Applicants who receive a passing score on the Oral Examination will then be required to undergo Physical Agility Testing, Psychological testing, Background Investigation and Drug Screening. Each applicant must successfully attain a passing score on each element of the examination to be considered for employment subject to such other weighing, preferences and criteria required by the Civil Service Commission’s Rules and Classifications and by law. Successfully hired officers MUST establish residency within 30 miles of the City of Bradford within 6 (six) months of hire date.
Eligible candidates must review the Bradford Police Department policies and meet the requirements upon a conditional offer of employment. Study Guides for the written portion of the testing are available for $5.00 through: Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, 3905 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110-1536 or by phone (717) 236-1059. POST- Police officer Selection Test- study guide: https://www.applytoserve.com/Study/
1. OVERALL SCORING:
ELEMENT PASSING SCORE WEIGHTING
Written Examination 70%
Oral Examination 70%
Physical Agility Pass/Fail
Background Investigation Pass/Fail
Medical Examination/Drug Screening Pass/Fail
Psychological Examination Pass/Fail
Polygraph/CVSA Testing Pass/Fail
2. PHYSICAL AGILITY REQUIREMENTS
Applicants who receive passing scores on the written Examination will receive notification, advising them that they have been scheduled for one day processing. In order to pass the Physical Agility Testing, applicants must be able to perform the following:
A) Vertical Jump: 15.5 inches
B) Sit-Ups: 30 repetitions (no time limitation)
C) 300 Meter Run: 66 seconds or less
D) 1.5 Mile Run: 15 minutes, 54 seconds or less
3. MANDATORY ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
In order to be an eligible candidate for appointment to the position of Police Patrolman, an applicant must have the following qualifications:
- Act 120 Certification in Pennsylvania, evidenced by providing written verification to the Human Resources Department at the time of a conditional offer of employment with the City of Bradford;
- U.S. Citizenship, evidenced by a copy of a Birth Certificate or Naturalization Papers, with a copy attached to the candidate’s application;
- High School Diploma or GED completion, with a copy of diploma or GED attached to candidate’s application;
- Valid driver’s license in good standing, with a copy attached to the candidate’s application;
- At least 21 years of age on the date of the written examination;
- Be of excellent moral character; and
- Pay all fees associated the Medical, Psychological, and Physical Agility Testing. The $25.00 application fee covers the written and oral examinations only.
In addition, a candidate must obtain a residence less than 30 miles from the City of Bradford within six (6) months from date of his or her appointment to the Police Department, proven by deed, rent receipt, lease, and/or utility bills.
4. VETERANS’ PREFERENCE
Qualified veterans who receive a passing score on both the written and oral examination will receive an additional ten (10) points added to their total score in recognition of their military service. A photocopy of service discharge, DD Form 214, or other military document(s) showing date of entry, successful completion of basic training, character of service, and completion of military service commitment must be provided to the Human Resource Department at the time of application.
5. DURATION OF LIST
The list of the successful candidates for appointment may be maintained for a period of two (2) years from the date that said list is certified by the Commission, unless extended by the Commission for good cause shown. The list will be certified by the Commission after the compilation of all eligibility criteria described above and in accordance with the Commission’s Rules and Classifications. The Commission reserves the right to de-certify the list after the expiration of six (6) months.
6. PLACEMENT ON COMMISSION LIST
Placement on a list certified by the Commission does not guarantee an appointment as a Police Patrolman. Appointment is at discretion of the appointing authority within the rule of (3).
7. REASON FOR TESTING
This Police Patrolman examination is being offered at the request of the appointing authority to permit the filling of vacancies as they occur.
8. FALSE INFORMATION OR ISSUANCE OF BAD CHECKS
Providing false information on an application, cheating or any other attempt to defraud the Commission’s Examination process is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification, decertification and/or criminal prosecution, as determined by the Commission and by law. Submission of bad checks will disqualify an applicant from sitting for the written examination.
9. AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT NOTICE
Any applicant seeking accommodation under the American with Disabilities Act in any examination must submit a written request with supporting documentation from a treating physician or other qualified professional by Friday, December 4th, 2020 to the Commission at: Civil Service Commission, 24 Kennedy Street, Bradford, PA 16701.
THE CITY OF BRADFORD IS AN EQUAL OPPORUNITY EMPLOYER