Join the Stillwater Police Department

The Stillwater Police Department (SPD) is looking for diverse, innovative applicants who have a strong work ethic, a high moral character and actively embrace the community-policing philosophy. Are you ready to join our team?

About Stillwater, Oklahoma

Stillwater is a college town with spirit, culture, energy, youthfulness, diversity, and unity. Located in north-central Oklahoma, Stillwater is the area’s educational, shopping, dining and recreational hub. We are a vibrant city of approximately 50,000 residents, conveniently located just 20 miles east of I-35, one hour from Oklahoma City and Tulsa and one and a half hours from Wichita, Kansas.

About the Stillwater Police Department

A strong community-policing philosophy guides the efforts of the department as officers work with partners in the community to identify and solve problems. The department is a full-service law enforcement agency with 80 sworn officers and 45 civilian support employees who provide 24/7 police services.

The Stillwater Police Department is housed in a state of the art facility. The building is a four story structure including underground parking, office space, fitness center, central communications center, detention center, and full classroom training facilities.

Salary/Benefits (2022)

We offer competitive salaries, generous benefits, opportunities to advance, and great community support.

Starting Salary Range:

$53,289 - $60,008 annually (based on experience)

Benefits include the following:

  • Family medical and dental insurance
  • Paid vacation, holiday and sick leave
  • 401K retirement plans available for communications specialists, detention officers, records personnel and animal welfare officers
  • 20-year retirement for police officers under the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System
  • College tuition reimbursement program
  • Employee recognition program
  • Uniform and equipment provided
  • Life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Paid Training

Applicants who are accepted into the academy will begin their employment as a Police Recruit with the Stillwater Police Department. The police recruit will attend the Stillwater Police Department Recruit Training Academy. 

The academy lasts approximately 27 weeks and is a non-residential academy. Applicants are paid employees while attending the academy. Upon successful completion of the SPD Police Academy, the recruit will then start our Field Training and Evaluation Program that is 15 weeks. After completion of the probationary period, new officers are eligible to apply for specialized assignments in addition to regular duties.


In addition to the state of the art facilities, department members are outfitted with all equipment and uniforms at no cost to the employee, including a Glock 17 9mm, and AR-15.

SPD also offers a take home car program with each vehicle equipped with a laptop and high speed internet.

Selected Specialized Assignments

  • Criminal Investigations
  • Drug and Alcohol Enforcement Officers
  • School Resource Officers (SRO)
  • K-9 Unit
  • Collision Reconstruction
  • Lake Patrol
  • Training Officer
  • Special Operations Team (SWAT)
  • Firearm Training Coordinator
  • Drug Recognition Expert


The Stillwater PD selection process is designed to select the most qualified applicant.

Basic qualifications include the following:

  • Must be 21 - 45 years of age
  • In good physical condition
  • No felony convictions
  • No serious misdemeanor convictions
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent, college preferred

Hiring Process

To ensure the best candidate is selected, the process is extensive and is outlined below:

  1. Initial application
  2. Written examination
  3. Physical agility testing (Police officer applicants only)
  4. Oral interview board
  5. Comprehensive background investigation
  6. Psychological testing
  7. Polygraph examination
  8. Police pension medical examination (Police officer applicants only)
  9. Pre-employment drug screen
  10. Interview with chief of police

Note: Applicants are not automatically disqualified for information pertaining to employment history, driving record, criminal history and drug use; however, any false information, misstatements or omission of material facts may result in disqualification.