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Recruitment Process
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Becoming a police officer is an investment and takes time for the candidate and the Department. The hiring process can take 3 to 6 months. Below you can learn about the steps in the hiring process. 

If you would like to learn more, there are a few options:

  1. Attend a WPD Workout with a Recruiter event

  2. Attend a WPD Recruitment Meet and Greet Event

  3. Reach out to a WPD Recruiter for more information


Application Screening

An official City of Woodland application form must be filled out in its entirety. As applications from candidates are received, they will be screened based on: 

  • Ability to follow directions

  • Background questionnaire

  • Completeness

  • Employment history

  • Job qualifications

  • Neatness

  • Specific abilities

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Examination Process

Only a select number of qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the examination process which will include an essay examination and an interview panel. Those candidates successfully passing all phases of the examination process will be placed on a Police Officer eligibility list for further consideration by the Chief of Police. Candidates selected by the Chief of Police for hire must successfully complete and pass: a background investigation, psychological testing, and a pre-employment medical examination.

Steps in the Hiring Process

  1. Submit Application

  2. Interview Panel

  3. Background Investigation

  4. Chief's Interview

  5. Psychological Testing

  6. Pre-Employment Medical Examination

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