We are happy to announce we will begin testing for police officer candidates in June. We will be hosting the written entrance exam and the physical fitness test on two dates in June and two dates in July. Given COVID-19 restrictions and considerations, we will be following direction from Governor Mills and will only allow 4 candidates to test per testing time. All candidates who register for the written entrance exam will be required to wear a mask during testing, unless a medical condition inhibits their ability to do so. Once registered for testing, candidates will receive separate instructions as we get closer to the testing date(s).
To register for upcoming testing, please contact Susan Doody: Phone: 207-874-8596
The entry-level written test is an online test administered at the Portland Police Department. The test consists of 200 questions which measure general cognitive abilities and assess attributes important to performing in an entry level police officer position. Applicants must score a minimum of 70 to pass the test and remain in the hiring process. Applicants are notified of their status immediately following the test.
Please note that applicants may take the written test no more than two times during a rolling six month period. Applicants who pass the test will be contacted to schedule an interview.
The physical fitness test consists of three elements: a one minute push-up test, a one minute sit-up test and a 1.5 mile run. Candidates must meet the physical fitness standards (see chart below) in order to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Physical Fitness tests are completed outside- dress accordingly.
Be advised: Electronic devices are not permitted during the test.
Note that the fitness test may be taken at the Portland PD or at the MCJA. The test is given at MCJA on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
Call the Academy at (207) 877- 8000 to reserve a spot.