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Jul 24

NNPD Welcomes New Police Recruits

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 2:07 PM by Communications Department

Earlier this month, Newport News Police Department welcomed 27 new police recruits to the Newport News Police Academy. This is almost twice as many as the class that just graduated the Academy last month.
To be accepted into the Police Academy, applicants must pass an entrance exam, physical agility test, and an oral exam. The entrance exam consists of memorization, reading comprehension, and map analysis skills. The physical agility test requires recruits to be able to run a quarter of mile in at least one minute and 30 seconds, do a six foot running broad jump, scale a five foot wall, drag a 130 pound weight and, of course, possess an appropriate grip strength. The oral exam, is designed to analyze behaviors important to police services. Applicants are seated in front of a computer and are required to respond to three video scenarios. If candidate successfully passes all of the exams, a comprehensive background investigation is conducted to include employment verification, personal references, financial responsibility, neighbor contacts, a review of any criminal record, and a polygraph examination.

Once the above are accomplished, one-on-one interviews are held with Police Chief Rick Myers. Following a successful medical and psychological evaluation, recruits then start the real work – training. Under the guidance of the training team and their team of experienced Master Police Officers, the NNPD has one of the most impressive training programs in the state. After academy graduation, scheduled for this winter, officers spend approximately three months with a Certified Field Training Officer before being released on their own. For information on joining the Newport News Police Department, visit