A Diverse and Busy City


Officers average over 80,000 calls for service each year. The city is separated into 11 patrol beats, each offering their own unique culture and community. 

Unlimited Training Opportunities

We have a team of officers who train defensive tactics often and share their knowledge with others.

Officers are offered many training and specializations including: firearms, defensive tactics, drug recognition experts and many more. 

Competitive Wages and Benefits


A first year officer averages approximately $50,000 per year. The department offers stipends for education, shift differentials and specialty assignments. For more information on pay plan and benefits, click HERE

Many Opportunities for Overtime


Portland offers many exciting overtime opportunities including the Portland Sea Dogs, Maine Red Claws and several concert venues. There is something for everyone. 

Live and Work in Portland


Portland is a safe and welcoming community, which offers an affordable place to live and raise a family.  Portland offers a abundance of recreation, highly rated restaurants, retail options and educational opportunities.  



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Specialty Teams

Crisis Negotiation Team


Special Reaction Team


Dive Team


Hazardous Device Team


K-9 Units


Accident Reconstruction Team


SPecialized services

Criminal Investigation Division


Unlike smaller municipalities in the state, the Portland Police Department investigates all our own cases including homicides and fatal motor vehicle accidents. 

Crime Reduction Unit


 The Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) targets emerging trends such as robberies, residential or motor vehicle burglary sprees, or street level drug trafficking. The unit operates mostly in a plain clothes capacity. 

Evidence Technicians


Three full-time evidence technicians  assigned to Forensic Services collect and process evidence in an effort to develop information that leads to the identification and, ultimately, the arrest of a suspect. 

Community Policing Unit


 The Community Policing Unit consists of personnel who work closely with community members, service agencies, business owners and other government agencies to develop and implement programs, initiatives and services throughout Portland's neighborhoods. 

Traffic Unit

The Traffic division

 The Traffic Unit investigates all fatal and serious injury motor vehicle accidents as well as hit and run accidents. Additionally, the Traffic Sergeant coordinates the police role in events such as road races, parades and street closures.  

School Resource Officers


The Portland Police Department has school resource officers stationed at Portland High School and Deering High School. Our Youth Services officer is a floating resource between the rest of Portland schools. 

Advanced Training Teams

Whatever your interest is, there are plenty of opportunities for officers to specialize. 

Defensive Tactics Instructors

Firearms Instructors 

Taser Instructors 

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) Task Force


 Illegal drugs and diverted prescription medications negatively affect our community in numerous ways, including drug related crime and overdose deaths. Selected officers have the opportunity to work with MDEA as a specialty assignment.  

FBI Safe Streets Task Force


  The Portland Police Department collaborates with the FBI through the Safe Streets Task Force. Comprised of federal and local law enforcement personnel, the Task Force identifies, investigates and targets criminal enterprise groups. 

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The city of Portland is separated into 11 patrol beats. Community policing centers are placed throughout the city. 

Island Patrol


 The Portland Police Department provides full-time law enforcement services to Peaks Island. Four Portland Police Officers work rotating 24 hour shifts on the island where they respond to approximately 300 police calls for service each year. 

Jetport Patrol


Two officers and a K-9 team are assigned to the Portland International Jetport in a full-time capacity. Officers are offered overtime to supplement additional Jetport shifts.  

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