MPD offers a competitive starting salary, benefits for our officers and opportunities for advancement.
We look forward to seeing you on Prospect Day.

MPD Prospect Day allows each applicant the ability to complete a substantial portion of the process without having to make separate trips to the Department. Applicants should plan for the full day, as each step takes time to complete. Please read and follow the instructions below carefully.


  • Upon arrival, you must have the MPD Prospect Day Orientation Material Booklet completed (to be reviewed at Applicant Screening). The link to the booklet can be found in your MPD Prospect Day confirmation email and is available here.
  • Backpacks and/or luggage bags are not allowed at the Metropolitan Police Academy.


Please arrive to the Metropolitan Police Academy by no later than 8:30 am on the date you selected for MPD Prospect Day.

The Metropolitan Police Academy (Annex Building)

4665 Blue Plains Drive, SW, Washington, DC 20032


The gate  opens at 7:30 am and an officer will direct you to the appropriate location to park.

Parking is available nearby at the Potomac Job Corps (1060 Blue Plains Drive, SW, Washington, DC 20032). There is no cost for parking. Please allow time to arrive as traffic conditions often vary.


For your protection, you must wear long pants that have belt loops. Very tight pants may cause problems when climbing over the fence during the Physical Ability Test (PAT).

  • In order for the equipment to fit you properly while you are participating in the PAT, you must wear a belt.
  • You must wear sneakers or some other type of shoe with soft soles so that you do not slip and can run properly on a gymnasium floor.
  • It is recommended that you do not wear any jewelry.
  • You will not be permitted to wear gloves, scarves or any type of accessories during the PAT.

Please come dressed for the PAT, formal attire is not necessary and applicants do not need to change during the event.

Learn More about PAT

Document Screening

During MPD Prospect Day, applicants will meet with an investigator to discuss their MPD Prospect Day Preparation Packet.

A thorough background check is conducted on all entry level officer applications. As a part of the background check it is required that applicants bring in specific documents.

During the interview with the investigator, you will discuss many aspects of your background. Many applicants are hesitant to reveal information that they fear may disqualify them from employment. Keep in mind that many minor violations are not automatic disqualifiers to appointment. However, failure to provide truthful, accurate, and complete information will disqualify an applicant from employment.

Required Documents

When you check in, you will be asked to provide the following required documents:

  1. Proof of Citizenship
    • Birth Certificate and/or
    • Certificate of Naturalization (if applicable)

  2. Proof of Qualification
    • College Degree and Transcript (proof of 60 college credits) [unofficial transcripts are permissible];
    • DD214 (if applicable); or
    • Employment records for prior full-service law enforcement employment

3.  Valid Driver's License

4.  Completed MPD Prospect Day Preparation Packet

You are required to bring the following items with you:
• A black pen
• Originals of all required documents

Optional Documents

The following documents are needed and will be collected later in the process; they are not required to attend your MPD Prospect Day.

  • Resume (if applicable)
  • Driving Record (obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state where you hold a license)
  • Picture Identification (State ID/Driver’s License, passport, etc.)
  • Social Security Card
  • Citizenship Documents (Naturalization paperwork or US Passport)
  • Marital Status Documents (Marriage License, Divorce Decree, etc.)
  • Military Status Documents (DD-214 or Selective Service Registration)
  • Unemployment Records
  • Welfare Payment Records
  • Court Orders (judgments, liens, bankruptcy, expungement records, separation order, child support orders, etc.)
  • TANF/Public Assistance Records
  • Last two employment performance ratings (if applicable)

Morning Schedule

At 8:30 am applicants will be divided into groups and complete various stations to include:

All candidates who successfully complete the four components above will then complete their National Testing Network FrontLine National Written Exam at 1:00 pm

Afternoon Schedule

National Testing Network FrontLine National Written Exam

As a part of the application process, each applicant must take and pass the National Testing Network FrontLine National Written Exam.

There are three testing components:

  1. Video-Based Human Relations and Judgment Exam
  2. Report Writing and Multiple-Choice Writing Test
  3. Multiple-Choice Reading Test

Although applicants receive a percentage score, both the reading ability test and the writing ability test are scored on a pass/fail basis.

Successful applicants must pass both the reading ability and writing ability test. Successful applicants must also acquire a passing test score on the video-based multiple-choice test in order to move forward in the selection process and should expect to test for approximately three hours.

The cost for the examination is $49 (credit card required)

  1. Any applicant who takes the FrontLine National Written Exam at a Washington DC testing location will be reimbursed $25 within thirty days of taking the exam.
  2. Any resident of the District of Columbia will be reimbursed the total cost of the FrontLine National Written Exam within thirty days of taking the exam.
  3. Hardship waivers are available as needed.

MPD’s written examination is offered through National Testing Network at testing centers locally and around the country. The National Testing Network FrontLine National Written Exam is offered at each Mass Applicant Processing Day; however, applicants may also complete this in advance. Should an applicant choose to complete in advance, please visit

NOTE: Candidates who have previously taken the FrontLine National Written Exam, within one year, at any testing location are exempt from retaking the examination on MPD Prospect Day.

Candidates who complete all components of MPD Prospect Day and their written examination are advanced to complete the Polygraph and Medical/Psychological examination. We are hiring 30 officers each month and those who successfully complete MPD Prospect Day have a strong chance of earning employment with our Department.