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Employment Information

The Newburgh Police Department is accepting applications for
Lateral Sworn Police Officer
until February 26, 2024.
You may download the application above by clicking the Application Download button.  
All applications must be turned in no later than February 26, 2024 by 2:00 PM.
Please see below for more information on the Lateral Sworn Police Officer program.

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  1. To be considered for employment with the Newburgh Police Department, applicants must meet all the established pre-employment minimum requirements, as well as successfully complete all testing, screening, and background components.  

  2. To be eligible or qualify for consideration in the "Lateral Entry Program", the applicant must possess an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Certification or be a successful applicant to the I.L.E.A. Waiver Requirement process.  Lateral entry officers cannot apply for the waiver until employed by the department.  The effective pay rate will commence upon the completion of the Field Training Program.

  3. Certified law enforcement experience is defined as:  employment with a local, county, state or federal agency that has primary responsibility for law enforcement and arrest powers.  For purposes of the Lateral Entry Program, military experience does not qualify.


  • Accelerated FTO Program

  • Skip Basic Law Enforcement Academy

  • Excellent Salary and Benefits

  • Retirement Benefits - 1977 Police Officers' and Firefighters Retirement Fund (77 Fund)

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision plans

  • Off-Duty Employment Opportunities

  • Years of service from previous agency is counted towards PTO and wages


Lateral Entry Officers may receive an accelerated Field Training Program.  This is a performance-based assessment and may not be available to all officers.  Upon successful completion of the Field Training Program, an officer may be entitled to participate in Extra Duty details as well as participate in the take home vehicle program.



The following is a synopsis of the Newburgh Police Department's application process and the various testing phases, which must be completed:


In order to apply, all applicants must meet the basic requirements of the Newburgh Police Department as listed below:


Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 40 at the time of application.  


Must have reached 21st birthday on or before the closing date of the acceptance of applications.


If an applicant reaches his/her fortieth (40) birthday prior to appointment, his/her name shall automatically be removed from the eligibility list. 


Applicants must be United States Citizens.

Applicants must be high school graduates or possess a GED equivalent certificate.


Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.


If you have a driver’s license from a state other than Indiana, you must be able to get an Indiana driver’s license.


Applicants must never have been convicted of a felony criminal violation.


Applicants who have served in the military must have received an Honorable discharge.  Anything less than an Honorable discharge will not be considered.


Applicants must be of good moral character.

An applicant who has engaged in any criminal activity may be rejected by the Metropolitan Board of Police Commissioners regardless of whether the applicant has ever been prosecuted, convicted, or acquitted.


Applicants must possess strength and agility necessary to perform routine law enforcement duties.


Applicants must submit to and pass a CVSA examination process post-job offer.

Applicants must be able to pass a Public Employee Retirement Fund (PERF) medical examination and be accepted by the PERF pension board post-job offer or complete the 1977 Fund Transfer process.


Applicants must pass drug screens post-job offer.


Applicants must submit to fingerprinting and have a photograph taken by the Newburgh Police Department.


All applicants who meet the basic qualifications may submit an application that has been completed to the Newburgh Police Department by the specified date.


A complete background investigation will be conducted by the Newburgh Police Department on each candidate.  The investigation shall include local and NCIC criminal record checks, neighborhood and current and former employer checks, credit and FBI checks, and any other inspections that may be needed.  The investigating officer shall report the results of the investigation in writing to the Metropolitan Board of Police Commissioners.  Candidates may be required to sign waivers releasing the Newburgh Police Department and its employees from any liability, should negative information be uncovered during the background investigation.


Evaluations that may be used include, but are not limited to:  physical assessment, competitive written entry level examination, oral interview and/or assessment before a sworn police officer board, written composition, interview with the Chief of Police, and Metropolitan Board of Police Commissioners.


To be considered, applications must be completed in their entirety with all required documentation, or noted to follow, submitted to the Newburgh Police Department by the closing date of the application process.  Note:  If any information required in the application is found to be falsified, misrepresented, or intentionally excluded, the applicant will be disqualified.


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