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.
In order to become a police officer, candidates must be a citizen of the United States or demonstrate a permanent right to 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.
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.
The hiring process takes approximately 3-4 months to complete, depending on when you submit your application.
Officers average over 85,000 calls for service each year. The city is separated into 11 patrol beats, each offering their own unique culture and community.
Officers are offered many training and specializations including: firearms, defensive tactics, drug recognition experts and many more.
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.
Portland offers many exciting overtime opportunities including the Portland Sea Dogs, Maine Red Claws and several concert venues. There is something for everyone.
Portland is a safe and welcoming community, which offers an affordable place to live and raise a family. Portland offers an abundance of recreation, highly rated restaurants, retail options and educational opportunities.
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