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Qualifications and Requirements


The criteria listed below must be met in order to be eligible to apply:

  • An applicant’s education/experience must include at least one of the following to be considered:
    • An Associate’s Degree or higher from an accredited institution (or being within six months of graduation);
    • A minimum of one year of full-time experience as a sworn police officer;
    • A minimum of three years of active duty military service (or one year of active duty military service for Military Police, Master-at-Arms, Security Forces, and Maritime Enforcement Specialists);
    • A minimum of three years of extensive work history in positions that develop skills and competencies that are transferrable to the role of an entry-level law enforcement officer (consideration under this category will be on a case-by- case basis and take into account all other suitability criteria).
  • Applicants must be mature, reliable, skilled in oral and written communication, and have excellent interpersonal skills. Must have the ability to display a high standard of ethical conduct and be trusted in all work situations.
  • Applicants must have no record of felony convictions, and must not currently be involved in any pending criminal charges. Applicants who possess prior military service must have been separated under honorable conditions (honorable discharge).
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 21 years of age, but not yet 37 years of age (except as indicated below) at the date of appointment (this position is covered under federal law enforcement retirement provisions which stipulate mandatory retirement at age 57 after at least 20 years of service, with possible extension up to age 60).
    • When in the interest of the Court, the Marshal of the Supreme Court of the United States may exceptionally consider increasing the mandatory retirement age up to age 60 for well-qualified applicants. This would allow applicants to be hired as long as they can begin employment before reaching 40 years of age. If you are approaching or exceed the age of 37, but no older than 40 years of age, we will evaluate your application under this provision.
      • Applicants over the age of 40 may still be considered if they can demonstrate sufficient prior coverage under the federal law enforcement retirement system to allow them to achieve at least 20 years of total service before age 57 (with possible extension up to age 60).
  • Applicants must be licensed to drive for at least one year at the time of application, and have an excellent driving record.


  • A high school diploma is required of all applicants.
  • An Associate’s Degree or higher is required of applicants unless they meet one of the other eligibility criteria listed in the Qualifications section above.


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See: www.sss.gov.
  • Meet Experience Requirements (see Qualifications).
  • Applicants must be licensed to drive for at least one year at the time of application, and have an excellent driving record.
  • A Supreme Court Police Officer must be able to maintain proficiency in the use of a firearm. Applicants who have been convicted of a misdemeanor. crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm and are ineligible for the position.
  • Officers are prohibited from having visible body markings (including, but not limited to: tattoos, body art, facial piercings, gauges, and brandings) on the head or neck (above the uniform collar), hands, and fingers (any area below the wrist bone).
  • Hair of female officers shall not exceed more than four (4) inches (to include being restrained by hair restraints) below the top of the collar of the uniform. Hair color shall consist of only natural hair colors.
  • Hair of male officers shall not extend more than half an inch below the top of the collar of the uniform shirt. Hair color shall consist of only natural hair colors.
  • Well-trimmed, neat mustaches and beards are permitted. The length and bulk of the mustache or beard shall not exceed more than a quarter of an inch.
  • Employment is subject to successful completion of a medical exam, which includes rigorous fitness standards. Medical exam consists of blood work, drug screening, height, weight, stress test, EKG, vision, hearing, and body fat.
  • Body fat will be measured by skinfold calipers at the time of medical exam. Males must be 19% or under and females must be 27% or under.
  • Vision requirements: For distance, corrected 20/20 or better binocularly with at least 20/40 in each eye. Uncorrected distant visual acuity should be 20/100 or better binocularly.
  • Colorblindness: Applicant must be able to pass the Ishihara’s Test for Color Deficiency.
  • Hearing Requirements: Applicant must be able to pass the hearing test without the use of hearing aids.
  • Police Officer Selection Test (POST): You must receive a 70% or higher on each section of the POST. The exam consists of four sections, which include Math, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, and Report Writing. The exam is multiple choice and timed.
  • Completion of a psychological exam, which includes a Personal History Questionnaire, the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) Exam, the Inwald Personality Inventory (IPI) Exam, and a structured psychological interview with a clinical psychologist.
  • Successful completion of a Physical Abilities Test (PAT): The PAT will consist of four events, completed as one continuously timed exam. The maximum allowable time (regardless of age or gender) is four minutes and fifteen seconds (4:15).
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation, which will include employment references dating back 10 years, personal references, driving history, credit history, criminal history, drug history, and academic records.
  • Failure to provide correct information, or omitting information, at any point during your application will be grounds for termination from the hiring process.

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