How Do I
The selection process for New Castle County police officers is a highly competitive one. A successful candidate must possess:
Good social skills and general intelligence
Good powers of observation and memory
Ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
Excellent moral character and cardiovascular and physical condition
In order to assure that only the best qualified women and men are hired as New Castle County police officers, a rigorous testing process is in place.
In order to be invited to compete, applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:
At least 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen
One of the following:
Possession of an Associate's Degree or at least 60 credit hours
At least two consecutive years of active military service in the United States Armed Forces with an honorable discharge and 30 credit hours
Achievement of the supervisory rank of E5, its equivalent, or above in the United States Armed Forces with an honorable discharge
Two consecutive years of service as a Delaware certified police officer, verified through Delaware's Council on Police Training (COPT) and 30 credit hours
Note: Degrees and/or credit hours must have been earned from an accredited college or university and copies of official transcripts will be required.