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The 55th Norman Police Academy will be a Lateral Entry Academy


the 55th NORMAN police academy is August 7th, 2017


Completed Application packets can be returned in person or by mail to:

AttN: personnel & Training Section

Norman Police Department

201-B W. Gray St. Norman, OK 73069

Download the Physical Agility Testing Procedures ==>> HERE

Download the Written Test Study Guide ==>> HERE

If you have any questions regarding the application process,

please contact our recruiter by email:

 or by phone: 405-366-5222.

To download our Police Recruiting Brochure

To view a list of Recruiting FAQ's, click HERE.  


Lateral Candidates

  • Minimum of thirty (30) semester credit hours from an accredited college or university. 
  • Minimum Two (2) years prior law enforcement experience (with arrest powers).
  • Current law enforcement certification in good standing. 
  • If certification is not current, applicant must have been employed as a full time peace officer for at least three (3) months within the past two (2) year period immediately preceeding the request for Oklahoma Certification (out of state applicants) or submission of application of employment to this agency.
  • 12 week lateral academy.
  • Lateral entry DOES NOT mean lateral specialty, seniority, or rank.
  • Prior qualifying law enforcement experience does not include: volunteer, part-time, military police, detention officer or jailer, reserve police officer, park ranger/park police, capital police, court security, special district police, railroad police, or federal law enforcement personnel.

General Requirements

  • A minimum of sixty semester hours from an accredited college or university (The department will waive thirty (30) hours of the college requirement if you have three (3) years of active duty military service with nothing less than an honorable discharge; or two (2) years prior law enforcement experience.)
  • Must be between 21 and 45 years of age (unless a prior member of the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System) 
  • Excellent physical condition
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Legal resident of the United States to apply - Citizenship is required to receive a conditional offer.
  • If applicable, military service with an honorable discharge as stipulated on a DD214
  • No felony convictions

Hiring Procedures

Each applicant must successfully complete the following:

  • Norman PD Physical Ability Test (Physical Ability Testing Procedures )
  • Written Examination (FPSI Study Guide)
  • Verbal Interview Board
  • Personal History Statement
  • Background Investigation
  • Hiring Board
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Polygraph
  • Drug Screen
  • Medical Examination


Upon your appointment as a Norman Police Recruit, you will attend the Norman Police Academy. You will participate in an intensive training program that exceeds the minimum standards set forth by the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) and includes modules on:

  • Criminal Law
  • Firearms Training
  • Police Vehicle Operations
  • Patrol Procedures and Tactics
  • Community Policing
  • Investigative Techniques
  • Human Relations
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Accident Investigation
  • Custody and Control
  • Physical Fitness

NPD Academy

Your career as a Norman police officer begins with extensive training at the Norman Police Department’s CLEET accredited academy where you will draw full salary and benefits. Academy training includes classroom instruction and practical field exercises on subjects ranging from criminal law to self-defense.

Field Training

After graduation from the Academy, Probationary Officers will participate in Field Training and will be assigned a Police Training Officer (PTO) on any one of the three patrol shifts. Probationary Officers are required to complete a minimum of fifteen weeks of on the job training and will rotate through three different work shifts.

Solo Assignment

In Phase 2 of Field Training, Probationary Officers are assigned solo patrol duties for the remainder of their first year of employment. After successful completion of this training phase, they are removed from probationary status. Daily activities involve patrolling the city of Norman, responding to calls for service, investigating crimes and traffic accidents, making arrests, issuing citations, working with citizens to solve community problems, assisting the fire department and hospital paramedics, and testifying in municipal and state court.


Our Officers work 10 hour days, 4 days a week.  


As your career develops, you may discover that you have talents in certain specialized areas of law enforcement. You may wish to apply for a position within the police department where your talents can be better utilized. Special duty assignments and police teams that are available at the Norman Police Department include:

  • Bicycle Team
  • Bomb Squad
  • CIRT Team
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Crisis Negotiation
  • SWAT Team
  • Field Training Officer
  • Honor Guard
  • K-9
  • Physical Fitness
  • Instructor Pistol Team
  • Special Operations (Narcotics)
  • Traffic Enforcement

Fraternal Order of Police

The bargaining unit for all commissioned personnel is the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). The FOP and the City of Norman conduct yearly contract negotiations. The benefits, salaries, and other working conditions that follow are not meant to be all-inclusive. Instead, they are intended to give potential applicants an idea of the benefits available under the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the FOP and the City of Norman.

Benefit Summary

  • Sick leave is accrued at one shift per month.
  • Vacation leave is accrued annually as follows: 0-60 Months 12 Days, 61-120 Months 15 Days, 121-180 Months 18 Days, 181-240 Months 21 Days, 241+ Months 24 Days
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Group Health and Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Tuition Assistance
  • College Incentive Pay
  • Longevity Pay
  • Retirement
  • Uniform/Equipment Allowance
  • Shift Differential
  • Bilingual/Translator Pay

Base Salaries

  • As of July 1, 2016 - Date of Entry (DOE) $48,713
  • 0.5 years from DOE $50,662
  • 1.5 Years from DOE $52,687
  • 2.5 Years from DOE $54,794
  • 3.5 Years from DOE $56,986
  • 4.5 Years from DOE $61,636 and promotion to MPO
  • 5.5 Years from DOE $64,102
  • 6.5 Years from DOE $66,666
  • 7.5 Years from DOE $69,333
  • 8.5 Years from DOE $72,106
  • 9.5 Years from DOE $73,548
  • 10.5 Years from DOE $75,019

The above number represents the base pay for police officers and does not include college incentive pay, holiday pay, overtime pay, longevity pay, shift differential and uniform and cleaning allowances.

For additional details, contact the Police Recruiter, MPO Carl Pendleton, by phone at (405) 366-5222, via e-mail at, or fill out our Online Contact Form.