Have Questions about the hiring process?

What do I need to do to get started?

If you're interested in started the hiring process to become a Portland police officer, you need to first submit an online application, accompanied by a resume and cover letter.  

What are the minimum requirements to become a Portland Police Officer?

In order to become a police officer, candidates must be a citizen of the United States or demonstrate a permanent righ tto work in the United States; have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED) and meet the admission standards of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy; Have reached the age of twenty-one by the date of City of Portland administration Code of Ordinances Chapter 2 Sec 2-60.1 Rev, 2-5-2018 2-39 appointment. 

Is the ALERT exam held at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy the same as Portland PD's entrance exam

No, the ALERT exam is the academy's entrance exam. We have our own entrance exam taken here at the PD. Information regarding this test can be found under the "Entrance Tests" tab. 

How long does the hiring process take?

The hiring process takes approximately 3-4 months to complete, depending on when you submit your application. 

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