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How many times do I have to report to D.C. in-person?
Can I be reimbursed for traveling to D.C.?
Does the chat service collect my information?
Health and Fitness
Does MPD have any health/fitness standards to apply?
Are MPD members required to live in D.C.?
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Language Stipend Benefit
I speak more than one language. Can I get more money?
Does MPD offer a Tuition Reimbursement program?
Are there any rental assistance programs?
What type of leave do MPD employees receive?
Attire and Equipment
Do officers have to pay for their uniform/equipment?
Do MPD officers receive take home vehicles?
Do MPD officers receive any health benefits?
Do MPD Civilian Employees receive any health benefits?
Entry-Level Police Officer
I don't qualify, what other options are there?
Do I qualify?
Does MPD have a maximum age limit?
Do I need to reside in the District of Columbia in order to be an MPD police officer?
Do I need prior law enforcement training?
Where is the academy located?
When is the next academy class?
While in the Academy do I live there?
How long is the academy training?
Where will I be assigned?
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Written Test Questions
Is there a cost to take the test?
If I can’t afford to pay for the entry-level test what can I do?
What is the Written Examination?
What are the passing scores on the written examination?
Sworn Suitability Questions
Does MPD have a tattoo policy?
I have an arrest on my record, am I eligible to become a police officer?
I have done drugs. Can I still be an MPD police officer?
What is the body fat percentage for males and females?
Process / Mass Processing Questions
I have a security clearance. Will I be hired faster?
I work for another police department. Can I transfer to MPD?
How many times will I need to visit the Washington Metropolitan area during the hiring process?
How long is the selection process from the time I apply to the time I am hired?
What if I do not have all my documents required for Mass Applicant Processing Day?
How much will I be paid?
When will I be paid?
Does MPD help to pay for expenses or defray costs of travel and/or any other expenses?
Will I be paid more for having a degree?
I speak more than one language. Can I get more money?
When can I retire?
Military Transition Questions
I am in the military, can I start the process of applying to become an MPD police officer if I have not yet received my DD-214?
I am currently active duty in the military, when should I apply?
Does MPD honor Military Service Commitments?
What happens if I have to leave the academy for Military Training?
Are veteran preference points calculated into the exam?
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Experienced Police Officer
How many years will I have to complete with MPD to be eligible for retirement?
Will my time and experience be deducted from the 25 year mandatory retirement?
Will I be able to transfer my leave accumulated from my prior agency?
Will I have the opportunity to qualify with the same sidearm I qualified with from my prior agency?
Will I have the opportunity to negotiate my starting salary based on my law enforcement experience?
Will there be college equivalent credits earned after completion of the Experienced Officer Program?
How many years are required to apply with specialized units within MPD?
Will my experience determine where and how I’m assigned with MPD?
As an experienced officer will I have to attend the entire 24 week police training academy?
Can Reserve Officers request a location preference?
Do Reserve Officers have to fulfill court appearances?
Are there any formal expenses to join the Reserve Corps?
Does MPD reimburse Reserve Officers for anything?
Are Reserve Officers actual sworn members of MPD?
What kind of culture does the Reserve Corps cultivate?
Do Reserve Officers receive the same equipment as MPD Officers?
When does the Reserve Police Academy start?
How do I know if Reserve Corps is right for me?
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Learn more about becoming a Reserve Police Officer
What are the requirements to join the Cadet Corps?
What benefits do the Cadets receive?
Learn more about the MPD Cadet Program
Reserve Police Officer Questions
When is the next Academy class?
What are the expenses associated with becoming a volunteer officer?
How often do I have to serve if I join the Reserve Corps?
Do I have to testify if I make an arrest? I have a full-time job that would make it difficult to appear during the day.
Are there any differences in the uniform that Reserve members wear?
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Collegiate Internship Program Questions
Why should I choose an internship with MPD?
Is the MPD Collegiate Internship Program paid?
Can I receive credit for completing the MPD Collegiate Internship Program?
Is a car required for this internship?
Do I have to be a Washington, DC resident to participate in the internship?
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Learn more about the Collegiate Internship Program
Where is the Academy located?
Is the MPD Academy Residential?
What type of training happens in the Academy?
How often does a new class start in the Academy?
Upon graduation, can I request which District to be assigned?
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How long is the background investigation process?
If I already have a security clearance, do I still need a background check?
I finished my polygraph examination and medical/psychological evaluations; now what?
What should I do if the polygraph and medical assessments are taking along time?
Mass Applicant Processing
What is Mass Applicant Processing?
What is the Physical Ability Test?
What documents should I bring to MAP?
Official/Unofficial Transcripts -- Expungements
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