Division Director, Police Officer Standards And Training Council


Recruitment #220607-2951MP-001


Are you looking for an exciting and critical leadership role in public safety?
If so, we have a fantastic opportunity for you!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) is recruiting for a Division Director within the Police Officer Standards and Training Council located in Meriden, CT. 

About Us: 

DESPP is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology. 

The Police Officer Standards and Training Council's (POSTC) mission is three fold. 

First: Providing innovative, credible and responsive high quality basic, advanced and specialized training to CT police officers. 

Second: Committed to adopting and enforcing professional requirements for individual police officer certification. 

Third: Provide a body of comprehensive professional law enforcement accreditation standards for state law enforcement agencies, managing such program, grant accredited status to agencies which demonstrates and maintain compliance with applicable standards. 

Position Highlights: 

This assignment will join a team that has the honor of working with and influencing statewide and national law enforcement as it pertains to regulations and training. 

The candidate will work with multiple state agencies, Police Officer's in the field as well as CEOs to plan, organize, develop, participate, and implement training and accreditation programs as well as conduct, coordinate and participate in compliance certification assessments. 

This assignment is an aggressive assignment requiring strong leadership skills to keep up with a heavy workload that allows the candidate to be creative using ingenuity to promote best practices for CT law enforcement. This assignment has a strong sense of purpose that is gratifying and rewarding! 

This position will be required to work 40-50 hours, Monday to Friday, with weekends and state holidays off. Hours of work are flexible based on assignments. 

What we can offer you: 

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work - life balance! 
Learn more about how you can make an impact with DESPP

Selection Plan

Application Process: 

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified. 

Please ensure your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut. 

Throughout the Recruitment Process: 

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency. 

Selection Process: 

Candidates selected for an interview must provide the following at the time of interview: 

State Employees
  • Two (2) most recent performance evaluations
  • Cover letter
  • Completed CT-HR-13
Non-State Employees
  • Two (2) professional letters of reference from a current and/or previous supervisor 
  • Completed CT-HR-13
Candidates who have been selected for employment with the Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection are subject to a detailed background investigation, including a fingerprint supported state and federal criminal history record check along with reference checks. Selection for employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation.

Any pending disciplinary history within the past 2 years and review of attendance records are also considered in this selection process. 

Click here to complete the Criminal Convictions addendum (CT-HR-13). The CT-HR-13 can also be found on the DAS website by typing in "CT-HR-13" into the "Search Department of Administrative Services" search field. 

Contact Information: 

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Tyler Cashman at


In the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Police Officer Standards and Training Council, this class is accountable for directing the development, implementation and evaluation of the Police Officer Standards and Training Council advanced or recruit training programs for municipal police officers.


Plans, organizes, directs and participates in development and implementation of a comprehensive program of inservice staff development or basic recruit training for municipal police officers; develops and reviews training curricula for validity including job task analysis and needs assessment as required; assists in formulating program goals and objectives for police training; assists in development of training policy; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; responsible for budget planning and implementation, equipment acquisition and training site selection; prepares training calendar and schedules and coordinates training programs at the academy, satellite locations or approved regional training facilities; directs preparation of course outlines and approves all changes in curriculum design and course offerings; researches, analyzes and evaluates training standards, training aids, manuals, equipment or other materials and makes recommendations on usage; responsible for contractual services including monitoring and evaluation of contractor performance; manages agency certification and accreditation programs; maintains contact with individuals both within and outside of Police Officer Standards and Training Council who might impact on program activities; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of inservice training and staff development; considerable knowledge of philosophy and objectives of current police training; considerable knowledge of research techniques; knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; knowledge of modern crime prevention techniques; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to plan, develop, implement and evaluate training programs.


Eight (8) years of experience in criminal justice and law enforcement.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in training at the level of Field Program Consultant.


1. College training in criminal justice, education, police administration or police science may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in criminal justice, education, organizational development, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Experience coordinating and arranging events associated with law enforcement and the community such as but not limited to: setting up and working with a task force, creating and setting up in service training events, police accreditation programs or a training needs assessment;  
  • Experience drafting a budget; 
  • Experience ensuring compliance with policies and directives; 
  • Experience conducting a need analysis and quality assurance; 
  • Experience developing, organizing and implementing complex programs; 
  • Experience with certification or accreditation programs. 



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.