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City of Sioux Falls

231 N Dakota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD, 57106, US

Explanation of Procedure

This is a continuation of the screening process that the Sioux Falls Police Department uses to determine suitability of an applicant for employment as a Sioux Falls Police Officer. The primary purpose of this questionnaire is to learn more information about you and your background to help determine your suitability for employment as an officer with this department. It is necessary that you provide full cooperation in this process and that all questions be answered honestly and completely.

Whether or not you are accepted for employment by this department, you may be assured that all information received from you will be held in strict confidence and will not be released to anyone outside this organization without your written authorization.

The questionnaire must be typewritten. You are responsible for personally preparing the questionnaire. If space provided is not sufficient for complete answers or you wish to furnish additional information, include an additional document with the questionnaire and number answers to correspond with questions.


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Minimum Standards

Below are the minimum standards for employment. A person may be employed or certified as a law enforcement officer only if the person meets the below requirements. The minimum standards can also be found on the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation webpage.

2:01:02:01. Minimum standards for employment. A person may be employed or certified as a law enforcement officer only if the person meets the following requirements:

  1. Is a citizen of the United States;
  2. Is at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment;
  3. Has fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement officer;
  4. Is of good moral character;
  5. Is a graduate of an accredited high school or has a high school equivalency certificate acceptable to the commission;
  6. Is examined and certified, on forms prescribed by the commission, by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner to be able to perform the duties of a law enforcement officer;
  7. Is interviewed in-person by the hiring agency or its designated representative before employment. The interview must include questions to determine the person's general suitability for law enforcement service, appearance, personality, temperament, ability to communicate, and other characteristics reasonably necessary to the performance of the duties of a law enforcement officer;
  8. Has undergone a background investigation by the hiring agency that includes an inquiry into the person's driving history, criminal history, previous employment, personal references, credit reports, social media accounts, and law enforcement training records;
  9. Takes the oath of office as required by SDCL 9-14-7 or 3-1-5. The oath may be taken before the nearest available judge of a court of record;
  10. Has not unlawfully used any prescribed drug, controlled substance, or marijuana within one year before the time of application for certification;
  11. Is eligible to reapply for certification, if the person has for any reason failed to successfully complete the basic law enforcement training program; and
  12. Has not had certification revoked, suspended, consented to decertification, had an application for certification refused, committed an act in violation of chapter 2:01:11, or been dismissed from a basic training program as a result of an act in violation of any basic academy handbook, unless the commission upon application declares the person eligible for employment or certification.

2:01:02:02. Felons to be rejected -- Misdemeanants to be reviewed.
No person may be employed or certified if that person has pled guilty or no contest to, or been convicted of, any offense which could have resulted in incarceration for more than one year. Any person who has pled guilty or no contest to, or been convicted of, an offense with a maximum penalty that could have resulted in incarceration of one year or less remains eligible for employment or certification unless the plea or conviction when considered along with the seriousness of the offense, time elapsed since the offense was committed, the person's conduct since the offense was committed, or other pertinent information indicates that the person should not be hired or certified.

1. Do you have any concerns meeting the above qualifications?

General Information

2. Do you currently possess a driver’s license?

4. Do you have any specialized law enforcement training?

5. Do you have any specialized military training?

Employment History

6. Are you currently employed?

Have you omitted any place(s) of employment on your application?

7. Have you ever been fired from any job?

8. Have you ever been given the option of resigning rather than being fired?

9. Have you ever been let go during a probationary period?

10. Have you ever been suspended from a job with or without pay?

11. Have you ever received any disciplinary action at any job?