Pendleton Police Department | Pendleton, Indiana | Madison County

The Pendleton Police Department, in keeping with the highest levels of performance requirements, must always strive to maintain the highest standards of professionalism. To this end, the attainment of highly trained police officers shall remain the goal of the Pendleton Police Department.

The state of Indiana requires that any person applying to be a police officer must be at least 21 years of age and not possess a criminal record of felony or domestic violence convictions.

 The first step in our process is to fill out an application. Applications can be found in the “Forms” section on our website.   All applicants must then pass a written and physical test. The written test consists of basic mathematics, problem solving skills and spelling. The physical test consists of Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Entry standards as listed below,

Push Ups-21

Sit Ups-24

Vertical Jump-13.5 inches

300 meter run-82 secs

1.5 mile run-18 mins 56 secs.

If an applicant successfully passes these initial tests, an interview process will follow. If you are selected after initial testing/ interview, you will enter the Field Training Officer Program.

The Field Training Officer Program is a 6 month program that consists of 120 hours of on the job training and evaluations conducted by certified FTO Officers. The goal of this process is to provide a sound structure and basic foundation of learning skills to perform the job of a law enforcement officer.

If you successfully complete the Field Training Officer Program, you will be released to patrol as a Reserve Police Officer with the Pendleton Police Department.

Requirements of a Reserve Officer consist of 16 working hours a month and 24 hours a year of continuing education required by the State of Indiana. Reserves are also required to attend a monthly meeting to discuss any concerns, questions or new developments within the department. These meetings are an important tool to keep open communication between other Reserve Officers and the Reserve Commander. All Reserve Officers are strictly volunteers and are non-paid positions within the department. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Reserve Commander Sam Quiroga at