Hiring Process

Working for the Burlington Police Deparment

This profession requires commitment and excellence in every way. We are seeking talented individuals who can thrive in a service-oriented career. In return, we give them the support, training and compensation needed to be successful.

We encourage our officers to use their experience and good judgment to find creative solutions to the situations they encounter on the job daily.

We are a family-friendly organization which supports our officers’ needs at work and at home.


Submission of a letter of intent, your resume and the City of Burlington Application (visit link below) is the first step in the hiring process.


All applicants will be notified via e-mail or telephone upon receipt of the above listed documents. We will notify you and schedule you for a mutually agreeable testing date at the Vermont Police Academy.

  • 1 - Written Exam
  • Applicants will be asked to complete a 100 question, multiple choice test in an hour and a half. Read more about testing...

  • 2 - Physical Test
  • Must first pass written entrance exam in order to take the physical standards test. The physical standards test is based on the Cooper Fitness standards 50th percentile. Read more...

  • 3 - Psychological Profile (MMPI-2)
  • The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI) is a Psychological examination that measures a person’s suitability for law enforcement employment. Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) will be collected at the time the exam is administered. The Written exam, Physical Standards Test and MMPI-2 are all administered in the same day as long as you pass each phase along the way.

The PHQ is a comprehensive questionnaire, which outlines a candidate’s personal information, previous work experience, education and their financial background. This completed document must be returned to the Department with all of the required supporting documentation. Detail is essential here. Omissions, no matter how small, could disqualify the applicant.


Upcoming Entrance Testing Dates

January 14, 2020

February 11, 2020

Saturday, March 14, 2020

April 14, 2020

May 12, 2020

June 2, 2020

July 21, 2020

Saturday, August 8, 2020

September 1, 2020

October 13, 2020

November 10, 2020