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Q: What are the minimum requirements for becoming a police officer?
Q: Where do I obtain an application?
Q: How long does the hiring process take?
Q: Do I have to live in Omaha as an officer?
Q: What kind of hours do police officers work?
Q: How long until I can be a detective?
Q: Do you have a lateral transfer program?
Q: What is the salary range of an officer?
Q: What is the Academy like?

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Q: What are the minimum requirements for becoming a police officer? 

A: Applicants must be 21 years of age by the end of the Academy. You must be a U.S. citizen at application time. You must possess at least a high school diploma or a G.E.D. A valid motor vehicle license is required throughout the process. You cannot have any drunk driving convictions within two years of the application process. You also cannot have any felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions of domestic violence.

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Q: Where do I obtain an application?

A: Applications become available ONLY during a designated period.  City of Omaha Human Resources Department has the application forms online to send electronically.

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Q: Is a college degree required? 

A: No. However, after two years on the department, you may apply to receive college incentive pay for having either a bachelor's or master's degree.

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Q: How long does the hiring process take? 

A: From the time applications are first accepted to the beginning of the recruit class will take a minimum of six months. This is normal for any metropolitan police department our size.

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Q: Do I have to live in Omaha as an officer? 

A: No. You can live anywhere in the area, including Iowa.

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Q: What kind of hours do police officers work? 

A: There are several shifts available, generally daytime, evening and overnight shifts. An officer may bid to work a different shift and area every six months.

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Q: How long until I can be a detective? 

A: An officer must work at least three years before becoming eligible to work in a specialty position.

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Q: What is the salary range of an officer? 

A: Once you are in the Academy, you receive training pay. Top base pay is reached in your 10th year after academy graduation. There are overtime opportunities as well.
 

Training/1 yr 2 yrs 3 yrs 4 yrs 5 yrs 6 yrs 7 yrs
$47,919.82 $56,990.18 $60,109.66 $67,908.36 $70,475.86 $74.987.12 $77696.40
8 yrs 9 yrs          
$81,225.82 $84,081.40

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Q: What is the Academy like? 

A: The Omaha Police Department has its own Academy that runs Monday through Friday during daytime hours. Recruits go home at the end of the day; however, no other jobs are allowed during the first year of employment (military excluded). The Academy is generally classroom work, defensive tactics training/exercises, practical exams, firearms training and physical fitness training. It is highly suggested that you be in good physical shape upon entering the Academy, as you will be required to run several miles a week. 

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