Selection Process

Failure to successfully pass each category will result in dismissal from the selection process.


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.


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. 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 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.

300 Meter Run

This is a measure of the applicant's anaerobic power capacity. Applicants will run a distance of 300 meters at a maximal level of effort. Time used to complete the distance will be recorded in seconds.

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.

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.

Applicants that successfully pass the physical agility assessment and written examination will appear before an structured oral interview board. The structured oral interview process is designed, prepared and scored by an independent, professional research company. The structured oral interview consists of a series of questions administered by Division members and conducted in a fair and impartial manner. Applicants receive ratings for each question posed. Additionally, applicants will be evaluated on oral communication, interpersonal skills, effectiveness under stress as well as appearance and demeanor. All candidates are encouraged to review the Structured Oral Interview Preparation Guide prior to the administration of the structured oral interview.

Applicants will then undergo 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.

Applicants deemed eligible to continue in the process 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 deemed eligible to continue in the process must pass a complete medical examination and be found medically qualified by a physician designated by the Rhode Island State Police.

Applicants who have successfully completed all phases of the selection process, to include the Recruitment Mentorship Program, will receive a Conditional Offer of Employment as either a candidate or alternate candidate to participate in the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy.

The Recruit Mentorship Program is a structured program required for all candidates/alternate candidates who have received Conditional Offers of Employment. This program will commence approximately five (5) weeks prior to the start of the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy.

The program will focus on preparing each candidate/alternate candidate for success in the Training Academy. There will be a physical assessment conducted at the start of the program and a final physical assessment at the conclusion of the program to coincide with the commencement of the Training Academy.

Candidates/alternate candidates will be provided with information and instruction to assist them in general readiness to attend the Training Academy, including techniques to increase cardiovascular endurance and upper body strength, swimming instruction and water safety instruction. Basic military movements and commands will also be demonstrated to assist with proper military bearing.

Candidates/alternate candidates are required to attend all five (5) sessions, one of which is a swim session.


Any candidate/alternate candidate who fails to attend the mandatory five (5) sessions and/or fails the final physical assessment test will have his/her Conditional Offer of Employment revoked resulting in removal from the selection process.

Any applicant who fails to successfully complete the applicant selection process is encouraged to reapply for future Rhode Island State Police Recruit classes.