Ephrata - Full Time Police Officer

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Job Overview

Department Ephrata Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleFull Time Police Officer
Salary$59,848 to $80,713 Starting DOQ
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Ephrata, PA

Job Announcement

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Written Test is at 6:30PM at Ephrata Middle School on April 18, 2023.

Physical Fitness Assessment is at 8:00AM at Reading Police Academy on April 19, 2023.

Please review the attached documents to ensure you meet all qualifications including personal appearance standards (located above.)

All applicants must be at least 21 years of age on or prior to April 10, 2023.

The Ephrata Police Department serves the four municipalities of Ephrata Borough, Ephrata Township, West Cocalico Township, and Adamstown Borough and covers a total jurisdiction of approximately 49 square miles and serves approximately 33,700 residents in Northern Lancaster County.

The Ephrata Police Department is a modern, innovative, well-equipped, accredited police department. Officers enjoy a supportive community, 12-hour scheduling, tuition reimbursement, and excellent career development opportunities.


  • Every other weekend off

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  • Only work 7 days every two weeks

  • 6 week advance notice of schedule changes

  • Double time paid for worked holidays

  • Comp time earned on family holidays

  • Post-retirement health care

  • Full college tuition reimbursement

  • Education bonus

  • Longevity bonus

  • Full pension after 25 years of service and age 50



  • Salary while in the academy if uncertified: $59,848.

  • Start certified no experience: $68,914

  • Start with 2 years of full time experience as certified police officer: $80,713.

  • Top patrol officer pay in 2023: $96,834. 2027: $112,344

  • Highmark PPO insurance plan, dental and vision.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age by close of application period, April 10, 2023.

  • Must possess a diploma as proof of graduation from an accredited high school or have a graduate equivalent diploma.

  • Must be a United States citizen.

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

  • Must be physically and mentally fit to perform the full duties of a police officer. (To be determined by a medical examination/drug screen, psychological evaluation & physical agility test)

  • Must successfully pass a written examination.

  • Must successfully pass an oral interview process.

  • Must successfully pass a polygraph examination.

  • Must successfully pass a comprehensive background investigation.

  • Must meet the minimum qualifications for police officer certification established by the

  •  Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer Training and Education Commission.

  • Must reside within a twenty five (25) mile radius of the Ephrata Borough line within three (3) months of completing their probationary period.

  • Must provide truthful and non-misleading information on identity papers and must have documented proof of work eligibility.

  • Must provide truthful and non-misleading information on every part of the employment application.


Opportunities for officer specialization include:

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  • Drone Pilot

  • Crash Reconstruction

  • Special Emergency Response Team (SERT)

  • Vehicle Inspection Technician

  • Forensic Crime Scene and Evidence Processing

  • School Resource Officer

  • In-house use of force instructors

  • Participation in regional cooperative teams


For more information on starting a career with the Ephrata Police Department, call 717-738-9200 x 0 or email Recruiting@EphrataPD.org.

Deadline to apply for Written and Physical Fitness Exams is April 10, 2023. ($35 non-refundable fee to apply.)



Please direct questions regarding this position to recruiting@ephratapd.org

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