Mercyhurst University Municipal Police Training Academy
Northwest Pennsylvania Police Testing Consortium
Erie - Crawford - Warren - Venango 


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the application submission deadline has been extended to July 10, 2020.

Application period: April 7, 2020 to June 30, 2020

2020 Candidate Test 

All testing August 1, 2020 - Physical Assessment - 0600  - Written Test - 1300 hrs

Physical Assessment

McDowell High School (athletic track), 3580 W 38th St, Erie, PA 16506

Written Test

Penn State Behrend
4701 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563

2020 Participating Agencies

  • CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS POLICE: 161 Carringer St., Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
  • COCHHRANTON POLICE: 109 Adams St., Cochranton, PA 16314
  • CONNEAUT LAKE REGIONAL PD: 9878 State Hwy 285, Conneaut Lake, PA 16316
  • CORRY CITY POLICE: 20 E South St., Corry, PA 16407
  • EDINBORO BOROUGH PD: 124 Meadville Street, Edinboro, PA 16412
  • ERIE AIRPORT POLICE: 4411 W 12th St., Erie, PA 16505
  • ERIE BUREAU OF POLICE (CITY OF ERIE): 626 State St., Erie, PA 16501
  • ERIE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE: 140 W 6th St. #400, Erie, PA 16501
  • ERIE COUNTY PRISON: 1618 Ash St., Erie, PA 16503
  • ERIE SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICE: 3325 Cherry St., Erie, PA
  • FRANKLIN CITY POLICE: 430 13th St., Franklin, PA 16323
  • GREENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT: 125 Main St, Greenville, PA 16125
  • LAKE CITY POLICE: 2352 Main St., Lake City, PA 16423
  • LECOM POLICE & SAFETY: 1858 W Grandview Blvd, Erie, PA
  • LINESVILLE POLICE: 127 East Erie St., Linesville PA 16424
  • MEADVILLE CITY POLICE: 894 Diamond Park Square, Meadville, PA 16335
  • MERCYHURST POLICE AND SAFETY: 501 E 38th St., Erie, PA 16546
  • MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP POLICE: 3608 W 26th St. Erie, PA 16506
  • NORTH EAST BOROUGH POLICE: 58 E Main St., North East, PA 16428
  • SUGARCREEK BOROUGH POLICE: 212 Fox St., Franklin, PA 16323
  • UNION CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT: 13 S Main St, Union City, PA 16438
  • VENANGO CO. SHERIFF: 1168 Liberty St., Franklin, PA 16323
  • WARREN CITY POLICE: 318 W 3rd Ave # 3, Warren, PA 16365
  • WARREN COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE: 204 4th Ave, Warren, PA 16365
  • WARREN COUNTY PRISON: 204 4th Ave, Warren, PA 16365
  • WESLEYVILLE BOROUGH POLICE: 3421 Buffalo Rd, Erie, PA 16510
  • WEST MEAD POLICE: 1150 Morgan Village Rd, Meadville, PA 16335

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the fitness test pass/fail?

Yes, you must pass all (5) tests in order to take the written exam.

Do you have make up days for the fitness test or written exam?

No, we have to schedule the facilities months in advance to hold the testing processes.

Do I need to be ACT 120 certified to apply?

No, some departments do not require ACT 120 for appointment, but others may.

How many departments are hiring?

Unknown. We do not make it a requirement to advise us because some departments are just updating their hiring lists while others are looking to hire.

How many people will get hired from the list?

Unknown. That depends upon the departments needs; they may be adding staff or replacing someone who is retiring.

Can I change my time for physical testing?

No. However, the earlier the application is returned, the earlier you will be scheduled on the given testing dates.

Can I pick my time for physical fitness testing?

No. However, we start testing in the early am, in 2 hour blocks of time. The earlier you apply the better your chances of an early start time.

Will my criminal history preclude me from employment?

Please refer to the MPOETC website on standards for disqualifications.

What are the essential duties of a police officer?

Please refer to the MPOETC website for those standards.

If I miss the testing date, is my application fee refundable?

No. Once accepted, your fee is used to purchase testing materials and to secure placement in the testing process.

Does my name get removed from the list if I have been hired?

No, your name can only be removed from the list by you in a written request.

Does NWPAR consortium or Mercyhurst call to make offers of employment?

No, NWPAR and Mercyhurst are the testing agent only. Any calls for employment are made by the department wishing to hire.

Do I call NWPAR or Mercyhurst after testing to ask if I have been hired?

No, we are the testing agent only, not an employer.

How long does the eligibilty list last?

One year, after which the list is discarded and testing will begin again.

Can I be hired by multiple agencies?

Yes, some positions are part time, per diem, or full time. After testing, your name and rank are provided to the participating agencies on a first come first serve basis. 

Do I call NWPAR or Mercyhurst to find out my test scores?

No, your written exam score will be posted on this website under the "Notice to Applicant" section in PDF format. Make sure your applications are complete with the most current information available.

Notice to Applicant

Physical Agility Test

  • Photo Identification is required for participation
  • Physical Assessment will be completed rain or shine.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early
  • Wear appropriate clothing for weather conditions (t-shirt, shorts, running shoes, etc.)
  • Bring water for hydration
  • Applicants not dressed appropriately or late will not be permitted to test

Written Exam

  • Photo Identification is required for participation
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early
  • Wear appropriate clothing for classroom setting
  • Applicants not dressed appropriately or late will not be permitted to test

There are no make-up tests.

  • Incomplete or illegible applications will be discarded
  • Most all communications between NWPAR and the applicant will be in email form. Please ensure email is correct and current
  • Act 120 training is not a requirement
  • You must be at least 20 years of age or older to apply
  • You must have a valid driver's license
  • All portions of the application must be completed to participate

Important Information about the Written Test

The Northwest PA Regional Police Testing Consortium will conduct an entry-level police officer written test which will measure critical job skills such as reading, math, writing and grammar skills, reasoning, and critical thinking. To assist with preparation for the written examination, candidates are strongly advised to print the free Reading Comprehension Manual to study, as there will be 20 questions in the written test covering this reading material.

Once this Reading Comprehension Manual has been adequately studied, candidates are also invited to purchase an optional Candidate Orientation Guide for $10. The orientation guide is not required, but will assist you by providing practice questions covering all aspects of the written test. The Candidate Orientation Guide can be downloaded as a PDF file and then saved or printed. Please read through the disclaimer in order to download the guide successfully. Payments will be submitted through PayPal via a bank account or credit/debit card. The download link for the guide will be located on the Order Details/Checkout Status page once payment is submitted and PayPal redirects you back to the FPSI page. Applicants must pay close attention to all instructions on both FPSI and PayPal in order to access the instant download successfully.

Physical Agility Test Requirements

It is the responsibility of each applicant to possess an acceptable level of physical readiness which insures that the applicant is, at all times, at a level of physical readiness necessary to perform the essential tasks of a police officer.

In order to ensure that each applicant can perform his/her duties safely and effectively without undue risk to themselves or the public, the applicant is required to take a Physical Fitness Test as part of the selection procedures. This test was designed using the guidelines of the "American College of Sports Medicine" and the "Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research."

The test battery consists of:


Each test is preceded by a warm-up or rest period, with mandatory cool-down period at the conclusion of the tests.

See Physical Fitness Test Battery here.

Contact Us

OFC Joseph Makowski
NWPAR Testing Coordinator
Phone: 814-725-6382

5999 State Route 89
2nd Floor
North East, PA 16428

Contact Us

OFC Joseph Makowski
NWPAR Testing Coordinator
Phone: 814-725-6382

5999 State Route 89
2nd Floor
North East, PA 16428