Drug Screen/Medical Examination
Candidates shall be required to successfully undergo a drug screen and medical examination. Entry-level examinations are required for all candidates, prior to employment, to determine general fitness for duty. The standard, entry-level examination will be provided at no cost to the candidate. If the drug screen (urinalysis)shows the use of a controlled substance, that fact shall be cause for disqualification. Where the use of a prescription drug is detected, the candidate will be required to offer proof that the drug has been prescribed by a physician for the candidate. If the candidate is unable to provide such proof, employment may be denied. Employment may also be denied where future or continued use of a prescribed drug poses a potential safety risk or would impair job performance. The question of future or continued use of a prescribed drug shall be referred for an evaluation as recommendation by the licensed medical practitioner retained by the department. Each candidate, in order to be eligible for the position of police officer, shall show that they have no limitations and that there are no medical contradictions to perform the job without accommodations
Hearing Standards for Police Officers
Hearing loss attenuated by a hearing aid(s), is grounds for disqualification.
Pure tone thresholds in the unaided worst ear cannot be worse than 25 dB at 500Hz, 1000Hz, or 2000 Hz, and no worse than 35 dB loss at 3000 Hz or no greater than 30 dB at any of the first three frequencies and an average loss of less than 30 dB for all four frequencies is acceptable for safety classifications.
Vision Standards for Police Officers
Visual acuity must be 20/40 or better in each eye with or without correction.
Significant loss of color (greater than one cross on the Farnsworth D-15 panel test and an inability to pass practical ability examination) is grounds for disqualification.
Reduced peripheral acuity with opaque colored lenses requires individual evaluation as these lenses may produce visual field loss ranging from 21 to 47 percent. The dense coloring used in these special lenses reduces the amount of light entering the eye, especially at the periphery.
Significant decrement in visual field performance (peripheral vision) in either eye is unacceptable for safety positions. Field of vision must extend across degrees in both eyes and at least 70 degrees in each eye tested separately. Note: Peripheral vision of each eye should be measured separately by means of automated perimetry.
Anomalies of depth perception are not significant. Current evidence indicates that anomalies of depth perception are not pertinent to the performance of any job.