Welcome to the County of Berks
Employment Requirements

Employment Requirements as of February 1, 2010

Physical Agility Test: Pass/Fail
Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission (MPOETC)
Current physical fitness test battery standards.

30th Percentile Age & Gender Adjusted Rankings


  • 300 Meter Run - Time measured in seconds.
  • Bench Press - Six attempts to complete one repetition=Body Weight X Ratio.
  • Sit-ups - Total number of repetitions performed in one minute.
  • 1.5 Mile Run - Time measured in minutes and seconds. 

MPOETC Fitness Test Protocols

Written Tests: Pass/Fail

Situation Test, Reading Test and Incident Report Writing Test

Background Investigation: Pass/Fail

Oral Interview: Recommended/Not recommended
     Oral Interview Board:
          Chief Deputy Sheriff
          2 Division Captains
Conditional Offer of Employment

Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA): Pass/Fail

Physiological Test MMPI: Pass/Fail

Certification of Licensing to Carry Firearms: Pass/Fail

County Physical: Pass/Fail

County Drug Screening: Pass/Fail

Training Requirements:

  • Graduation from the Pennsylvania Deputy Sheriffs’ Academy

  • Successful qualification in firearms, expandable baton, and chemical aerosol devices in-service programs

  • Obtain a Pennsylvania Commercial Driver's License, Class "C" with a "P" (Passenger Vehicle Carrying Passengers) Endorsement

  • Receives evaluation ratings of "Meets Expectations" during the first 6 month probationary period