Police Officer Applicant Requirements

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be 21 years of age but not older than 36 years of age by date of hire. ** For Veterans of the armed forces who served at least 20 years you cannot be older than 40 years and 6 months old by the time of hire. The City of Portage also has a Veteran's Hiring Preference Policy.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • No felony convictions.
  • No domestic battery convictions.
  • Weight in proportion to height.
  • Pass written examinations.
  • Pass an agility test.
  • Pass a memory test.
  • Submit to a polygraph/ voice stress examination.
  • Submit to a background investigation.
  • Submit to an oral interview.
  • Pass a physical examination.
  • Pass a drug screen examination.
  • Pass a psychological examination.

The Portage Police Department, by city ordinance, tests on an as needed basis for applicants. Positions are not always available at the time of testing.