Police Officer Qualifications

The following is a guide for applicant eligibility standards. If you do not meet the minimum eligibility standards, you will not be considered for the process.

Age & Citizenship

  • Applicant must by a United States citizen. 
  • Applicant must reach their 21st birthday prior to completion of the training academy. 
  • Applicant must be a full-time Delaware resident by the completion of the training academy. 
  • Applicant must possess a valid Delaware driver’s license by the completion of the training academy. 
  • Applicants with prior military service must have been honorably discharged and/or have a record of positive conduct during military service.

Health & Wellness

  • Applicants must have no impediment of the senses.
  • Applicants must have acuity of vision not more than 20/200 corrected to 20/20 in each eye.
  • Applicants must have the ability to distinguish between the colors of red, green, and amber; shall have no pathology of the eyes; possess acceptable depth perception.
  • Applicants must possess normal hearing in both ears per current standard.
  • Applicants must not have any physical deformities, which would be detrimental to proper performance of police duties.
  • Applicant's weight must be proportionate to height and build or body fat percentage.

Physical Fitness

Applicants must be able to achieve minimum standards during fitness testing as outlined below

Test/Age

20-29 Years

30-39 Years

40-49 Years

50-59  Years

Push-ups (Male/Female)

24/11

19/9

13/7

10/5

Sit-ups (Male/Female)

35/28

31/21

26/16

20/11

1.5 Mile Run (Male/Female)

13:25/16:43 Minutes

14:10/17:38 Minutes

15:00/18:39 Minutes

16:46/20:55 Minutes

300 Meter Run (Male/Female)

64/76 Seconds

65/86 Seconds

81/109 Seconds

89/132 Seconds

    Education

    • Applicant must be a high school graduate. All applicants must have graduated from an accredited high school or possess a G.E.D. and be able to provide proof of graduation. The Rehoboth Beach Police Department does not require a college degree in order to receive appointment as a Police Officer. College level coursework in law enforcement (i.e., Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Administration, Political Science, or Counseling) is preferred.

    Criminal History

    • Any felony or domestic violence conviction is an automatic disqualification.
    • Any criminal activity that would be considered a Felony under Federal Law of the State in which the activity occurred is a disqualification.
    • Any arrest or conviction that indicates a pattern of disregard for the law and/or frequent behavior of an undesirable nature may result in disqualification.
    • Any commitments for a mental disorder to any hospital, mental institution or sanitarium that would prevent an applicant from possessing a deadly weapon (firearm) as provided in section 1448, Title 11 of the Delaware Criminal code is a disqualification.
    • Any arrest or conviction for any other crime and/or offense is subject to review at the time the application is submitted.
    • Any arrest for an offense must be expunged and any conviction of an offense must be pardoned, prior to submitting an application.

    Drug Usage 

    • Any use of mind-altering hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD, PCP, etc., heroin or any of its derivatives is an automatic disqualification.
    • Any use of an illegal drug within one year prior to submitting an application is an automatic disqualification.
    • Excessive experimental use of Marijuana and/or more than two (2) uses of Cocaine or their derivatives may result in disqualification.
    • The sale or delivery of any non-narcotic or narcotic controlled substance, as defined in Title 16 of the Delaware Criminal Code, after the age of 21 will be an automatic disqualification. 
    • All other drug use, including illegally using prescribed drugs, is subject to review at the time the application is submitted.
    • Any use of a controlled substance after having filed an application for employment as a Police Officer may result in a disqualification.
    • Applicants must pass a drug-screening test prior to appointment or attendance of a Police Training Academy.

    Driving History

    • A DUI conviction within the previous five (5) years is an automatic disqualification.
    • Any motor vehicle conviction for Failing to Stop at the command of a Police Officer, Leaving the scene of a Personal Injury Accident, Criminal Negligence resulting in death, homicide, or assault will result in an automatic disqualification. 
    • Any driving record/history that indicates poor, dangerous, or otherwise undesirable driving habits may result in disqualification.
    • Any driving record/history that indicates that the operation of an automobile by the applicant might endanger the safety of the public may result in disqualification. 
    • Any driving record/history that indicates that the applicant has been found to use narcotics or other drugs or alcoholic beverages that impairs their ability to operate a motor vehicle may result in disqualification. 
    • Any license suspension or revocation within three (3) years of the closing date of the job announcement is an automatic disqualification.
    • Any alcohol-related driving arrests and overall driving history will be subject to review at the time the application is submitted.

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