All sworn members of the Bureau of Police are permitted to reside within Lancaster County and any contiguous county (Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lebanon, and York) within Pennsylvania. A candidate who is living outside the requirement, who is hired for the position of police officer, is required to establish residency no later than six (6) months after being hired.
Equivalent to a high school diploma.
All candidates must be at least 21 years of age by academy graduation.
Physical Fitness Test & Requirements
Applicants for the position of “police officer” must demonstrate a fitness level that would allow them to perform the essential job functions of a police officer. Applicants must perform each of the following exercises in accordance with the indicated standards. If an applicant fails one event, they fail the entire test and will not advance to the written test.
- 1 Minute Sit-up
- 300 Meter Run
- 1 Minute Push-up
- 1.5 Mile Run
This test uses the National Law Enforcement Test Battery, which has proven validity and safety. The requirements for each event are based on age and gender. Click on the link below for more details. This battery of events is also known as the Cooper Test and is used in several hundred law enforcement agencies nationwide. The events chosen have undergone court scrutiny and are accepted as being job-related and construct-valid.
Learn more about MPOETC’s Physical Fitness Assessment Standards →