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Careers

A career as a police officer offers individuals the opportunity to help others, develop professionally, become successful leaders, solve problems, interact with teams, and form partnerships with the community.  Police departments value a culturally diverse staff and advancement opportunities for persons of all ethnic backgrounds.

If this interests you, policing may be a career to consider.  Please read further to learn more about compensation, the application process, testing, and training.

COMPENSATION PACKAGE
Salary range - Probation - $54,000-$60,000
Grade A - $65,000-$72,000
Paid vacation
Paid sick time
Overtime opportunities
Retirement plan
Paid training
Overtime differential for holidays
Advancement incentives
Life insurance

SELF-REWARDING BENEFITS
Ability to grow within the organization to fulfill personal goals and objectives
Self-confidence
Teamwork
Partnerships
Mentoring programs
Opportunity to increase safety within a community for all individuals
Full family medical, dental, and vision
Competitive salaries

ENTRY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS
U.S. citizenship and valid Connecticut Driver's License.
21 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED.
Pass a physical performance, a written, and an oral board examination.
Undergo a psychological exam, a polygraph exam, and a background investigation, including a criminal record check.  No candidate will be appointed to the Connecticut Police Academy if he or she has been convicted of a felony or a Class A or B misdemeanor, or committed an act which would constitute perjury or false statement.
Undergo controlled substance screening which indicates no presence of any controlled substance not prescribed for the candidate.
All candidates should understand that falsification of any statement in the application process constitutes grounds for termination.

PREFERRED SKILLS AND QUALITIES
Ability to work well with others
Strong communication skills
Open-minded
Multi-task oriented
Manage difficult situations in a reasonable, calm and rational manner

SCCJA TESTING COMPONENTS
Physical performance test, including
Push-ups
Sit-ups
1 and 1/2 mile run
Sit and reach
Written
Oral board examination by sworn police officers

TESTING COMPONENTS - INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS
Psychological
Polygraph examination
Background investigation
Criminal record check
Medical examination including controlled substance screening

TRAINING
Candidates applying for a police position are required to fulfill the following:
Attend the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden or at one of the satellite academies located throughout the state.
Attendance may require candidates to stay overnight or to commute.
Duration of training is approximately twenty weeks.
Upon graduating, candidates must complete field training with appointing department.

APPLICATION: Visit the Application page.