Employment Process

The Police Department will administer a written examination. Those who qualify for the eligible list will be subject to additional selection processes which include: personal history questionnaire, physical agility examination, departmental interview, background investigation and medical examination.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION Successful candidates will remain on the eligible list for a period of time determined by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Placement on the list does not guarantee that you will be given a job offer. The NFTA Transit Police reserves the right to hire only the most qualified candidates.

THE PHYSICAL AGILITY EXAMINATION – This is a measure of your physical performance through a series of tests that will be administered on a pass / fail basis. Download guidlines ( PDF file) here.

PERSONAL HISTORY QUESTIONAIRE – This set of questions identifies those candidates who appear most likely to pass the full background investigation. Those candidates will be able to participate in further screening.

DEPARTMENTAL INTERVIEW – This interview will evaluate an applicant’s interpersonal skills, problem solving techniques and oral communication abilities.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION – Transit police detectives will conduct a thorough investigation which will include and is not limited to: use of controlled substances, felony convictions, repeated or serious violations of the law, working relationship with co-workers and supervisors and other relevant factors. Any information determined to be held, concealed or hidden will result in immediate disqualification.

DRIVER LICENSE REVIEW – All candidates must process and maintain a valid driver’s license. Candidates must give a full and complete list of all motor vehicle violations on their background forms. Driving records will be obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Any significant discrepancy between the candidate’s statement and the Department of Motor Vehicles records will result in immediate disqualification.

DRUG TESTING – All candidates will be subject to testing. Any illegal use of controlled substances after the date of application is cause for disqualification. Disqualification for prior use of a controlled substance is based on the type of drug used and frequency of use.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION – Each candidate will be evaluated and any current or past medical condition will be taken into consideration for employment. The Police Department physician will evaluate the results of the examination to determine the candidate’s fitness for employment as a police officer.

VISION TESTING – All candidates must have visual acuity of at least 20/25 in each eye without corrective lenses or visual acuity separately corrected to 20/25 or better with corrective lenses and distant binocular acuity of at least 20/25 in both eyes with or without corrective lenses. Visual and binocular acuity must be at least 20/50 without corrective lenses. Field of vision must be at least 70 degrees in the horizontal median in each eye.

HEARING TESTING – Is required. Loss of hearing may be disqualifying.