POLICE OFFICER CIVIL SERVICE TESTING
*NO FEE FOR WRITTEN TEST
*No fee applies to civil service written test only. A $25 fee applies to file application. Admission is limited to testing site seating capacity. Testing requirements are different from employment requirements. 25-mile radius residency required prior to completion of probation.
Spanish Language Testing
Successful candidates will be awarded bonus points for
Civil Service Process
City of Reading, Pennsylvania
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
The City of Reading hires police officers through a competitive Civil Service selection process which is governed by state law and local Civil Service regulations.
The entire examination process is conducted under the control and supervision of the Reading Police Civil Service Board. This board is independent of the police department and con-sists of three citizens selected by city council. The board’s function is to make certain that the testing process is fair and impartial.
Police Civil Service applicants must:
Applicants who successfully complete the Civil Service test-ing process are placed on a list of eligible candidates. This list is valid for one year. Whenever the Reading Police Department desires to hire police officers during that one-year period, candidates will be given a conditional offer of employment. This means that they are offered a police officer position conditioned on successfully completing a medical examination, psychological examination and background investigation.
Candidates who are hired to be Reading Police Officers then attend the Reading Police Academy to complete the Basic Police Training Course as prescribed (Act 120) and required by the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission (MPOETC). Reading Police Officer Trainees receive pay and benefits while attending the police academy..