The civil service examination is now open. There is no fee to apply as the fee has been paid for by the Utica Police Department. Deadline to Apply for the Civil Service Exam: August 23, 2024

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Upcoming Exam Date: September 28th, 2024

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Hiring Process

In order to begin the hiring process you must apply for the Civil Service Exam.

1 Written Exam

2 Physical Agility Test

3 Background Investigation

4 Interview

5 Conditional Offer

6 Psychological Exam, Medical Exam and Drug Screening

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration of the hiring process?

The hiring process begins with the date of the written examination and concludes with the start the academy. This can range anywhere from 6-9 months.

What is the duration of the police academy?

The Police Academy is 26 weeks, followed by 12 weeks of Field Training.

As a lateral officer, do I need to attend the police academy?

As a lateral officer you do not need to attend the Police Academy. For questions pertaining to lateral transfers, contact the Chief's Office at 315-223-3400.

Are you paid to attend the Police Academy?

All Police Academy Recruits hired by the City of Utica are paid the entry level salary of a Police Officer, based on the union's contractual agreement.

Do you currently have a policy regarding tattoos for police officers?

Tattoos are permitted to be displayed with the approval from the Chief of Police.

What are the officers’ work schedules?

Patrol officers work four, 8-hour shifts in a row with 2 days off. Shifts include days, afternoons, and overnights.

When am I eligible to go to a specialty unit?

Eligibility is based on officer's performance and needs of the department, rather than time served.

Do I have to live in Utica to become a Utica Police officer?

As a condition of employment, newly hired officers must reside in the City of Utica within six (6) months of hire date. Officers must reside in the City of Utica for a minimum of five (5) years from the date of hire. Lateral officers are not bound by the residency requirement.

I am a veteran, do I receive any preferential points?

Veterans may receive five additional points on the written exam. See exam announcement for details.

As a Pre-employment Phase I Police Graduate will I have to complete a full police academy?

No. You only need to complete Phase II before starting the Field Training Officers Program.

Can I cross-file my application with multiple police agencies who are hosting their examinations on the same day?

Yes. Contact the City of Utica Civil Service Department for more information 315-792-0225.

How can I study for the written examination?