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Request for Proposal – Entry-Level Police Officer Selection Test

Request for Proposal – Entry-Level Police Officer Selection Test

The International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) invites proposals from qualified consulting firms to develop a multiple-choice entry-level police officer selection test for its stock testing service. This Request for Proposal includes the following sections:

  1. About IPMA-HR.
  2. Scope of Work.
  3. IPMA-HR’s Responsibilities.
  4. Proposal Requirements.
  5. Contact Person and Directions for Delivery of Proposal.
  6. Discretion and Liability Waiver.

1. About IPMA-HR

IPMA HR is the leading public sector human resource organization in the world. We represent the interests of human resource professionals at all levels and strive to promote excellence in HR management. Serving HR professionals since 1906, IPMA-HR is your resource for comprehensive and timely HR industry news, job listings, policies, resources, education and professional development opportunities. The organization is governed by an Executive Council and divided into more than 40 chapters residing in four U.S. regions and abroad.

IPMA-HR’s Assessment Services Department is the premier provider of public safety and administrative support tests. We supply over 200,000 tests annually to police and fire departments, correctional facilities and emergency communications centers (ECCs) located throughout the U.S., Canada, and the European Union.

2. Scope of Work

IPMA-HR invites proposals from qualified consulting firms and desires to obtain fixed-price proposals to develop a multiple-choice, entry-level police officer selection test that would include:

  • Creating an exam plan from the job analysis data collected by IPMA-HR to guide test development.
  • Utilizing the questions from IPMA-HR’s extensive item bank.
  • Conducting a criterion-based validation study that includes having participating police departments administer the test to incumbents and gathering performance evaluation ratings to statistically show that the test predicts performance on the job. This also includes an item analysis to choose final test questions, criterion validation statistics and a fairness analysis.
  • Preparing validation study materials and assisting in getting police departments to participate by making calls and sending correspondence.
  • Preparing a technical report summarizing the steps taken during the test development and validation study project.

Responding firms should have significant experience developing multiple-choice entry-level public safety tests. Firms will furnish all labor and materials needed to complete the project, including any necessary travel expenses.

There is no expressed or implied obligation for IPMA-HR to reimburse responding firms for any expenses incurred preparing proposals in response to this request.

It is understood that all work done and questions written for IPMA-HR becomes the property of IPMA-HR and cannot be used by the contractor for any other purpose.

3. IPMA-HR Responsibilities

IPMA-HR will:

  • Provide lists of potential participants and assist in getting police departments to participate in the study.  
  • Provide the firm with questions from the item bank that match the guidelines set out in the firm’s exam plan.
  • Copy and send validation study materials to participating departments and track participation.

4. Proposal Requirements

  • Cover letter.
  • Scope of work, including deliverables and activities.
  • The names, titles and qualifications (resumes/CVs) of the proposed project manager and support staff who will be conducting the work.
  • Outline of the proposed work plan.
  • Schedule of billing rates and a specific “not to exceed” capped fee including associated fees (i.e., attendance at meetings, travel, etc.) and a payment schedule.
  • A list of two references for similar projects including names of contract persons and telephone numbers.

5. Contact Person and Directions for Delivery of Proposal

Contact Julia Hind-Smith ( or 703-535-5252) at IPMA-HR with any questions.

Send all proposals to:

Sima Hassassian
RFP Police Officer Test Reply
1617 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

6. Discretion and Liability Waiver

IPMA-HR reserves the right to reject all proposals or to request from one or more of the consulting firms submitting proposals, supplementary information as may be needed. The consultant, by submitting a response to this RFP, waives all right to protest or seek any legal remedies whatsoever regarding any aspect of this RFP.