Selection Process

1. Written Examination

Applicants must successfully complete a written examination, which measures interpersonal skills and cognitive reasoning. The examination is designed, prepared, and scored by an independent, professional research company. All candidates are encouraged to review the Law Enforcement Study Guide for Written Examination prior to the administration of the written examination.

2. Physical Fitness Test

Applicants must download the Physical Fitness Test Booklet prior to being scheduled for their physical fitness test. This physical fitness booklet explains in detail each event and the minimum requirements for each event.

Applicants must successfully pass a Physical Fitness Test which encompasses the following events:

  • Vertical Jump
    This is a measure of muscular explosiveness or the strength of the applicant's legs. Applicants will stand with one side toward the wall and reach up as high as possible to mark his/her standard reach. Applicants will jump as high as possible and mark the spot on the wall above his/her standard reach mark. Prior to the jump, one foot must remain stationary on the floor.
  • Sit Ups
    This is a measure of the muscular endurance of the applicant's abdominal and hip flexor muscles. Applicants must lie on their backs, knees bent, with fingers interlocked behind their head, heels flat on the floor. Another applicant will hold their feet down. The applicant's heels will be approximately the distance between the applicant's outstretched thumb and small finger from the buttocks. From the "down or starting" position on their back, the applicant will raise their upper body, fingers interlocked behind their head, and touch their elbows to their knees at the "up" ending position. Applicants will then lower themselves until their shoulder blades touch the mat. This will be recorded as one (1) correct sit up. Applicants may rest only in the "up" position. The applicant score will be the total number of correct sit ups completed in one (1) minute.
  • 300 Meter Run
    This is a measure of applicant's anaerobic power capacity. Applicant's will run a distance of 300 meters at a maximal level of effort. Time used to complete the distance will be recorded in seconds.
  • Push Ups
    This is a measure of the applicant's muscular endurance of the upper body (anterior deltoids, the pectorals and triceps). The applicant's hands are placed slightly wider than shoulder width apart, with fingers pointed forward. The administrator of the event will place one (1) sponge on the floor below the applicant's chest. If a male is testing a female applicant, a three (3) inch sponge should be placed under the sternum to substitute for the fist. Starting from the up position (elbows extended), the applicant must keep their back straight at all times and lower their body to the floor until their chest touches the administrator's fist or sponge. The applicant then returns to the up position. This is recorded as one (1) correct push up. Resting should be done only in the up position. The total number of push ups with correct form completed in one (1) minute is recorded as the score.
  • 1.5 Mile Run
    This test is used to measure the efficiency of the cardiovascular system and how it responds to imposed physical demand. The applicant must run or jog a distance of 1.5 miles in the shortest time possible. All scores are individually recorded.

3. Oral Board Examinations

Applicants determined eligible for further processing will appear before an Oral Interview Board.

4. Background Investigations

Applicants will have an extensive background investigation conducted by a member of the Rhode Island State Police Detective Bureau regarding their past employment record, education, criminal history, consumer credit history, community reputation, military service, and overall character.

5. Psychological and Medical Testing

Applicants determined eligible for further processing are administered a written psychological examination, along with a follow-up interview by a licensed psychologist. All evaluations are interpreted by a licensed psychologist retained by the Division.

Applicants determined eligible for further processing must pass a complete medical examination and be found physically qualified by a physician designated by the Rhode Island State Police.

6. Recruit Selection

Remaining applicant files are reviewed and qualified applicants are selected to attend the Training Academy.