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Police Recruitment Information

About Us

What we have to Offer

The Harrisburg Bureau of Police does not require the Police Academy Act 120 Certification to be accomplished prior to hiring. The Bureau will send you to Harrisburg Area Community College for the required Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Course (MPOETC) and pay you a salary and benefits. No residency requirement in the City of Harrisburg.

Competitive Starting Salary & Benefits

  • $53,800 Academy Salary increasing to $58,100 upon completion of Academy/FTO Training Program
  • Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision and Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Paid Group Life Insurance
  • Defined Pension Plan
  • Available 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Paid Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Paid Holidays and Birthday
  • Annual Clothing Allowance
  • College Credit Compensation

Promote through the ranks and work in Specialized Divisions and Task Forces to include:

  • Criminal Investigation Division
  • Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit
  • U.S. Marshals Task Force
  • ATF Task Force
  • FBI Task Force
  • Forensic Unit
  • HUD (Housing and Urban Development Unit)
  • Community Policing Unit
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • K-9 Unit
  • Traffic Safety Unit
  • Honor Guard Unit
  • Bicycle Unit
  • Technical Services Division
  • Training Unit
  • CRT (Critical Response Team)

General Requirements: 

  • Minimum of 21 years of Age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Good Physical and Mental Health

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I prepare for the physical fitness test?

The Physical Fitness Test is a specific battery of tests that applicants must be able to pass. The standard used in the physical fitness test were derived from law enforcement physical fitness norms that are based on a representative sample of approximately 4000 officers that were stratified (by age and gender) and randomly selected from 40 municipal, state and federal agencies. The physical fitness test measures those job-related physical fitness areas that have been shown to be underlying and predictive factors for officer physical abilities to perform the essential physical tasks and functions of the job. This is a Pass/Fail test.

How should I prepare for the written test?

The written test is designed to measure basic skills, reading, writing and arithmetic that are important for successfully learning and performing an entry-level, law enforcement position. An online Study Guide will be available for purchase at https://www.applytoserve.com/Study/.

In addition to the study guide, an online practice test is available by visiting https://www.applytoserve.com/Study/. The Online POST Practice Test enables you to prepare yourself by taking an online practice version of the test you will encounter on exam day. Each section of the practice test is timed the same as the real test and feedback is received once the test has been completed or after time expires. Thorough explanations are provided for each incorrect response so you better understand how to improve.


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Harrisburg, PA 17101



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