Becoming a Police Officer in Sitka, Alaska

The crime rate in Sitka has been decreasing over the past several years, thanks in large part to the efforts of the proud members of the Sitka Police Department. If you’d like to help make Sitka a safer place for residents to live in work, follow these steps to become a police officer in Sitka, Alaska.

  1. Meet the Basic Qualifications
  2. Submit Your Application
  3. Written Examination and Physical Fitness Test
  4. Interview
  5. Polygraph Examination
  6. Psychological Examination
  7. Background Check
  8. Attend Police Academy for Training


Step 1. Meet the Basic Qualifications for Sitka Police Officer Candidacy

There are certain requirements that you must meet to be eligible for open police officer jobs in Sitka:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • You must be at least 21 years old at the time you are appointed.
  • You cannot have any of these convictions:
    • Felony
    • Misdemeanor crime of moral turpitude or dishonesty within the past 10 years
    • DWI:  two within the past 10 years
  • You must not have used marijuana within the past year.
  • You must not have illegally sold, manufactured, or transported a controlled substance within the past 10 years.

It is preferred that you have one of the following:

  • Associate’s degree:  criminal justice or a related field and law enforcement experience
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience

Step 2. Submit Your Application

You must use an F-3 application obtained from the Alaska Police Standards Council.

Return it to:

City of Sitka Utilities Office
100 Lincoln Street
Room 102
Sitka, AK  99835

If you have any questions, you can call 907-747-3349.

You have the option of scheduling your written and physical tests  online.

Step 3. Written Examination and Physical Fitness Test

You will to take the basic examinations to see if you meet the initial standards to become a police officer in Sitka.  Taking the physical fitness test involves

  • Doing as many push-ups as possible without stopping
    • You must do at least 25
  • Doing as many sit-ups as possible in one minute
    • You must do at least 27
  • Running 1.5 miles over a course in at least 15:12

Step 4. Interview

Once you have passed your written and physical tests, you will be scheduled for an interview that will help to assess your candidacy.

Step 5. Polygraph Examination

After you have passed your interview, you will take a polygraph examination.

Step 6. Psychological Examination

Once you have passed your polygraph examination, you will be examined by a psychologist as one of the final steps in determining whether or not you are suited to be a police officer in Sitka.

Step 7. Background Check

After passing your psychological examination, the department will investigate many facets of your background.  Your fingerprints will be submitted to the Alaska Department of Public Safety.  Your history will be checked through APSIN and NCIC.  Your references and previous employers will be examined.

Step 8. Attend Police Academy for Training

Once you have passed your background check, you will be sent for 15 weeks of training to the Department of Public Safety Academy in Sitka.  This is one of the nation’s premier law enforcement training facilities.  Your paramilitary style training will meet the requirement of the Alaska Police Standards Council and will involve:

  • Criminal investigation
  • Laws
  • Physical skills
  • Police Procedure

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