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This is a call to those who are ready to put in the work to help others. An appeal to people of all backgrounds who are ready to commit to doing what’s right. This is an invitation to apply culture, skills and passion to more than just a job—use them to answer a calling.

Create positive change through

Community Action

At the Lincoln Police Department, we know we can’t do our job alone. That’s why we’ve been dedicated to community-based policing since 1975. It’s not a program or policy, but a commitment to a set of values used to guide our law enforcement efforts.

LPD officers work cooperatively with individual citizens, groups and organizations to identify and resolve issues through a combination of prevention, early identification and intervention. It’s a proactive approach designed to help us make a lasting impact in neighborhoods all across the city of Lincoln.

Achieve More

By reaching higher

Make a Connection

Creating partnerships with the people you serve is a key component of police work. It’s why we empower every officer to develop and maintain relationships with citizens, businesses, schools and community organizations. Because making a connection is the best way for you to make a difference.

Be a Positive Force

We’re called to this line of work because we want to be a force for good in our community. As an LPD officer, you’re not just an enforcer of the law—you’re a mentor, educator, mediator, activist and so much more.

Gain Life Experience

As your career progresses, you’ll be exposed to an endless variety of experiences, along with countless opportunities for professional growth. You’ll rapidly acquire a wide range of skills, leading to greater opportunities for advancement into specialized positions more quickly. It’s what makes the job both exciting and rewarding.

Lincoln police officers are called to positively impact our city. When that’s your intention, your work and service always make a difference.
-Chief Jeff Bliemeister, Lincoln Police Department

We Answered The Call.

Will you?

Officer Tenney
Officer O'Connor
Investigator Armendariz

Get Rewarded

For Rewarding Work

Not only do Lincoln police officers get to make a difference in the community, but they make a great living while doing it. As a new recruit, you’ll be entitled to a competitive starting salary and benefits.


  • Starting Commissioned Officer Annual Salary: $57,507
  • Top Officer Pay: $81,290
  • Earn time and one-half for overtime hours


  • Pension plan
  • City-provided life insurance policy
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Paid time off including vacation, holidays and sick leave
  • Bilingual pay for officers with demonstrated proficiency in eligible languages
  • Educational pay and a tuition reimbursement program
  • Lateral entry and higher pay grade for applicants with more than one year of law enforcement experience
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Submit Your Online Application


Your first step: Fill out an online job application. Our academy is certified through the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center and follows the same general admission requirements and certification standards when reviewing applicants.


Complete Your Personal History Statement


Everybody is unique. It’s why we ask all candidates to share a personal history statement and tell us why they want to join LPD.


Written Exam


The pre-employment written examination measures cognitive abilities (in the areas of report writing, reading comprehension, basic grammar and math) necessary for effective performance as a police officer. Applicants will receive a study guide prior to the test, with study sessions also available. A passing score moves you to the Physical Fitness Ability Test.


Physical Fitness Ability Test


Successfully complete all physical ability events based on age and gender to advance. More information on scoring and requirements can be found online.


Oral Interview


Pass the first two portions and you’ll have an interview scheduled to discuss all aspects of your life, including education, work history, military experience, references and more.


Conditional Offers of Employment and Further Evaluation


The most qualified candidates are then given conditional offers of employment. Applicants must still successfully complete a psychological, polygraph and medical examination, as well as the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).


Begin LPD Basic Law Enforcement Academy


Upon successful completion of all evaluations and background investigation, candidates are placed on an eligibility list. Those receiving final offers will begin the LPD basic law enforcement academy. A unique program held in a college-style learning environment at the Lincoln Police Department, the academy allows you to continue living at home with no overnights required.

Ready to

Answer the call?

It's time for you to turn your passion and commitment into positive action for the community. It's time to answer the call. Submit your application and take the first step towards becoming a Lincoln police officer.

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