Evansville Police Department

Evansville Police Department

On behalf of the 289 sworn officers and 31 civilian employees of the Evansville Police Department, we welcome you to our official website.


Questions? Complete the form below to speak to a recruiter today!

Ready to Apply? Click the APPLY NOW link below to download and complete an application!

Applications can be completed and submitted electronically by email to dwolf@evansvillepolice.com, OR they can be dropped off in person at the Evansville Police Department Headquarters.

Chief Philip Smith

Evansville Police Department


We pledge to provide each citizen of Evansville the highest standard of performance. We are committed to making law enforcement decisions that are fair and unbiased. The Evansville Police Department understands the significance of diversity, fairness, human rights, and justice. We strongly object to and discourage all forms of unfair discrimination. The Evansville Police are dedicated to performing our law enforcement duties in a professional manner that serves all communities regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, disability, nationality, belief system, and social status.


The Evansville Police Department strives to reflect the diversity of the consumers we serve. We are committed to our partnership with the community and all city agencies as we collaborate to address crime and quality of life issues in our neighborhoods. It is our goal to fulfill the department’s public safety mission in a manner that recognizes the vast array of experiences and differences of our customer base. The very essence of our mission is to provide Evansville with the best policing services possible. 

About EPD

Early EPD History

The birth of the Evansville Police Department dates back to 1863 with the employment of two men assigned to the duty of checking downtown buildings at night. At the end of the Civil War in 1865, it became necessary for the community to enlarge its protective force and the department increased its number to sixteen and fell under the supervision of Evansville’s Mayor, William Baker. Because there were more officers to oversee, it became necessary to appoint a supervisor for the police department. As Phillip Klein had been “duly elected” the Wharfmaster, he was selected to be Captain of Police, receiving orders from the mayor who retained the position of Chief of Police.


EPD is now accepting applications. Download an application here. Application Instructions: Click here.


Learn more about the benefits of working for the Evansville Police Department and the application process.


The next selection process testing will start with Physical Assessments on July 26th and 27th, 2024. Written testing will be held on July 29th, 2024. Interviews will begin on July 31st, 2024. Apply before July 25th, 2024 to participate in this testing group.


The City of Evansville Police Department is a fully accredited agency and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. 

Become an Officer

  • A lateral officer is an officer that has graduated from a certified police academy and is actively serving in a sworn law enforcement agency in a state, county, or municipal agency with the full powers of arrest. Potential lateral transfer officers must successfully complete the applicant testing required of new hires (including a physical assessment, written exam, written essay, interview, background investigation, polygraph, and psychological exam). Potential lateral transfer officers must also complete the medical exam if they are not already members of the INPRS 1977 Police and Fire Pension and Disability Fund.
  • Once a potential lateral transfer officer meets all applicant testing requirements, such officer shall go to the top of the hiring list.
  • Academy waivers will be granted when possible.
  • Lateral officers will complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Lateral officers will complete the field training program. An accelerated program may be used.
  • Lateral officers may enter employment with salary and vacation benefits up to those of an eight-year EPD officer, dependent on the number of full years of service that such officer has had with another agency. “Transferred” years of service are for salary and vacation purposes only and do not apply to promotions, specialty unit eligibility, shift bids, etc.
  • A Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollar ($2,500.00) bonus shall be paid to each lateral officer upon completion of his or her one-year probationary period and again upon completion of his or her third year of service.