The Hiring Process

Scroll down to read through the steps involved in
becoming a Polk County Detention Officer

Phase 1


How To Apply

Submit Application and required documents.

  • Applications must be complete for processing.
  • Required documents must be turned in before the deadline.

After you have applied for the job, you will be screened for employment eligibility by our personnel department. If you make it through the initial screening, you will receive notification with instructions on the test scheduling listed in Phase 2.

Phase 2


The Test Criteria

If accepted, you will be invited to attend our Physical Agility Test, Written Examination and Fingerprinting. All three of these tests will be conducted on the same day.

Physical Agility Test

The physical agility test is a required standardized test. Please review the explanation below for more information.

Physical Fitness Test Explanation

Written Examination

The written examination is a multiple-choice test designed to determine whether an applicant has the basic abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of a correctional officer including conducting rounds, supervising inmates, managing activities, processing bookings and releases, and report writing.


Fingerprint and photographs are typically done the day of the physical exam.

Phase 3

Background & Polygraph

Why This Is Done

After successful completion of the tests listed in Phase 2, you will be scheduled for a polygraph examination. Once you’ve successfully completed the polygraph, investigators will begin a background investigation.

Polygraph Examination

The Polygraph Examination is a tool used to verify information submitted by applicants.

Background Investigation

The background investigation is utilized to confirm information listed on your application. Investigators will confirm employment, contact references, speak to neighbors and run a criminal history check on all applicants.

Phase 4

Psychological Evaluation

What To Expect

After successful completion of your polygraph examination and background investigation, applicants will be scheduled to meet with a psychologists. Applicants will take an MMPI test and meet with a licensed psychologist.

Phase 5


What To Expect

All eligible candidates will be scheduled an interview with Polk County Jail Command Staff.

Phase 6

Offer of Employment

What To Expect

After receiving an offer of employment, candidates will be required to submit to a Health Exam, Drug Screen and Physical Capacity Test.

Are You Ready?