MPD Recruiting - Hiring Process

Police officers salutingMembers of the Mishawaka Police Department are expected to represent the City Of Mishawaka as positive role models within the community. As such, the Mishawaka Police Department seeks individuals with good moral character, integrity and professionalism. This expectation begins when you submit your application for consideration to become a Mishawaka Police Officer. Applications may be submitted anytime throughout the year.

The hiring process is designed to ensure that those ideals, as well as necessary physical fitness requirements, are met. In some cases minimum levels must be achieved in order to advance to the next phase of the hiring process.


Hiring Process

  • Application
  • Written Aptitude Test
  • Physical Testing
  • Oral Interview
  • Thorough Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Examination (After conditional offer of employment )
  • Physical/Medical Examination
  • Pre-employment Drug Screening
  • Psychological Examination
  • Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (15 weeks)
  • 12-16 Week Field Training Program


Minimum Requirements

The following lists the minimum requirements than an applicant must meet in order to be considered for appointment.

  1. Must be a minimum of twenty-one (21) years of age at time of application, but not yet thirty-six (36) years of age at time of appointment
  2. Must be a High School graduate or have a G.E.D.
  3. Must be a citizen of the United States of America prior to the date of making application
  4. Must become a resident of St. Joseph County, IN or adjoining county with approval from the Chief of Police upon appointment
  5. Must have and maintain a valid, non-suspended, non-expired, non-conditional, non-revoked driver's license
  6. Must keep the City of Mishawaka informed of address and telephone information changes if you want to remain on the list for appointment
  7. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job of patrol officer in a safe manner with or without a reasonable accommodation
  8. Must not have been found guilty of a felony in any court which has not been annulled, expunged or sealed by a court
  9. Must show valid driver's license for identification at the aptitude testing location to participate
  10. Subject to mandatory drug testing.


Physical Testing

Following are the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Physical Assessment Standards used by the Mishawaka Police Department.

   Physical Assessment Standards
  Test Standard
  Vertical Jump 16 inches
  One Minute Sit-ups 29
  300 Meter Run 71 secs
  Maximum Push-ups 25
  1.5 Mile Run 16 min 28 secs

Vertical Jump: This measures leg power, and consists of measuring how high a person jumps.

One Minute Sit Ups: This measures abdominal, or trunk, muscular endurance. While lying on his/her back, the student will be given one (1) minute to do as many bent leg sit ups as possible.

Police recruits doing pushups during physical fitness testing

300 Meter Run: This measures anaerobic power, or the ability to make an intense burst of effort for a short time period or distance. This component consists of sprinting 300 meters as fast as possible.

Maximum Push Ups: This measures the muscular endurance of the upper body. This component consists of doing as many push ups as possible until muscular failure.

1.5 Mile Run: This measures aerobic power or cardiovascular endurance (stamina over time). To complete this component you must run/walk, as fast as possible, a distance of 1.5 miles.

Testing will be conducted in the first week of training and again in the last week. Each component is scored separately and the standard must be met on each and every one.

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Mishawaka Police Department patch with US flag, Indiana flag, and city seal


Lobby Hours

200 N. Church Street
Mishawaka, IN 46544

Phone (574) 258-1678
Fax (574) 258-1690


Chief of Police

Kenneth Witkowski, Jr.


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