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Police Officer #2302-0810-01

Date Opened
Monday, February 06, 2023 12:01 AM
Close Date
Police Service Operations / Patrol
  • First year salary: $50,745. After one year of service: $60,259
Employment Type
  • Full-Time


Take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to start your career in Law Enforcement by joining

The New Haven Police Department.

Excellent Starting Salary & Benefits

First year salary: $50,745
After one year of service: $60,259
After two years of service: $78,050

Compensation and Benefits include:
  • Comprehensive medical coverage for each officer and their family.
  • Generous twenty-five (25) year retirement plan.
  • Paid life insurance policy.
  • Twelve paid holidays.
  • Paid vacation.
  • Uniforms and equipment provided.
  • University tuition reduction and competitive scholarships available.
  • Upon completion of probationary period, officers work a 5-2, 5-3 work schedule
  • Numerous specialized units including K-9, Hostage Negotiation, SWAT, Hazardous Devices Unit, and Underwater Search and Recovery Team
  • Eligibility for promotion after 3 years of service


30x30 Initiative
New Haven is a proud participant in the national initiative – 30x30 – to advance women in policing and law enforcement.
The 30x30 initiative is based on the importance of achieving at least 30% representation of women by 2030 to empower a group to influence change to an organization’s culture. 30x30 doesn’t stop there. We are working to improve recruiting practices and establish community partnerships so our police force is more aligned with the population of the City. While 30x30 is focusing on women and policing, these principles apply to all demographic diversity and not just gender.
Complete your application and come work with us!


This is general duty police work. Work involves responsibility for the protection of life and property, prevention of crime, general enforcement of laws and ordinances as well as providing traditional and non-traditional service to the community.

Work involves an element of danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and to exercise independent discretion.

Work is performed in accordance with Department rules and regulations, the constitution of the United States of America and the State of Connecticut.


  • Patrols assigned beat via radio equipped patrol vehicle or on foot.
  • Observes and handles physical hazards taking appropriate action.
  • Uses communications equipment to include two-way radio and telephone.
  • Makes written and/or verbal reports in accordance with department directives and law on forms provided for such purpose.
  • Enforces traffic laws and maintains traffic flow.
  • Handles calls for emergency service.
  • Handles calls for service criminal or non-criminal in nature.
  • Observes and handles as required problems of an emergency, criminal or non-criminal nature coming to his/her attention.
  • Investigates traffic accidents.
  • Makes arrests in accordance with law and department procedure.
  • Collects evidence, makes service in criminal and civil proceedings, testifies as a witness in court or other official proceedings.
  • Conducts follow-up investigations using support services as required.
  • Handles problems concerning juveniles.
  • Identifies and solves community problems. Officer must be able to gain a thorough knowledge of the community he/she serves and be able to effectively deal with that community at large.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Graduation from high school or possess a GED; and possess the following abilities and skills:


  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Ability to instruct others, to help others learn how to do or understand something.
  • Ability to use dangerous equipment or material or work in dangerous surroundings.
  • Ability to spend a major portion of time out of doors without regard to weather conditions, possess physical stamina, be able to lift, walk long distances, and stand or sit for long periods of time.
  • Ability to work with detail using technical terms.
  • Ability to read and understand written material.
  • Ability to write clearly, in detail, using technical terms.
  • Ability to respect the rights of others and to cope with situations firmly, courteously and tactfully.
  • Ability to carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with fellow employees and the general public.
Ideal Applicants Will Display:
  • A history of community service.
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent communication skills in Spanish; familiarity with or ability to learn more than one language highly desirable.
  • Mature and innovative approaches to collaborating with citizens on neighborhood issues
  • New Haven residency.
  • Community/technical college or university background or significant work experience and/or military service
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Respect for and ability to work well with colleagues and citizens regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, age, or personal beliefs.
  • Enthusiasm for hard and rewarding work.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to work under stress.


  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age at time of application.
  • Graduation for this classification must be able to meet and maintain throughout the course of employment established physical, medical and psychological requirements.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Connecticut driver’s license.
  • Per State of Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council, must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Basic Police Officer’s Training program as established by the Police Officer Standards & Training Council and maintain certification during course of employment.
  • Must reside in New Haven, or within 20 miles of a town that borders New Haven, within six months after graduating from the Academy.


CHIP Test (aka Physical Ability Test)

Individuals who apply for the position of entry-level police officer for the New Haven Department of Police Service, must either:


·         Have already taken a Complete Health & Injury Prevention (CHIP) Test and have obtained at least a minimum passing score of 35%,


·         Arrange to take the CHIP Test. This a necessary requirement.


For those who have already been CHIP-tested, we will accept passing CHIP Test results from applicants who achieved New Haven’s minimum passing score of 35% no more than 6 months before submitting their application for New Haven entry-level police officer. CHIP Test results achieved earlier than 6 months ago will not be accepted. When you submit your application for employment for the New Haven Department of Police Service through the PoliceApp portal, your application will automatically pull your CHIP Test results. No uploading of any of your CHIP Test result is necessary.

For those needing to take the CHIP Test, the exam fee for the CHIP Test is currently $85. However, The City of New Haven is subsidizing the CHIP Test fee for New Haven residents once per year. The CHIP Test fee for New Haven residents is $40 once per year. You must complete the Residency Preference Points form located in the Forms Section of the Applicant Handbook at


For those experiencing financial hardship making it difficult to pay the CHIP Test fee, the City of New Haven is offering a CHIP Test Fee Waiver Voucher to cover the exam expense for any income eligible applicant. See the information in the Applicant Handbook on how to obtain a CHIP Test Fee Waiver Voucher.

Be advised that in all cases you need to continue to improve your physical fitness so that if you receive a conditional offer of employment as an NHPD entry-level police officer, you will be able to achieve the pre-Academy pass score of 40%. This is the final physical ability score required before entering the Police Academy.

For more information about the CHIP test, visit



You must be medically cleared by your physician as being capable to safely perform the CHIP Test. You are required to take the “Medical Approval Form,” located in the Forms Section of the Applicant Handbook to your physician and have them sign it. Then, you must bring the signed Medical Approval Form to the Physical Ability Test. If you arrive at the Physical Ability Test without a Medical Approval Form signed by your physician, you will not be allowed to test. This form is also available at:


First year salary: $50,745
After one year of service: $60,259
After two years of service: $78,050

This position is included in a collective bargaining agreement with Elm City Local of the CT Alliance of City Police, formerly Local 530, Council 15, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO.

Bargaining agreements available to review HERE.

General Funded hires into this class are not covered by Social Security and will not pay Social Security taxes. They instead participate in the City Pension; the employee contribution rate is 12% of pay.

Selection Plan

Application process opens on Monday, February 6, 2023.

  1.  Go to
  2.  Download and read the New Haven Police Officer Applicant Handbook. Follow all instructions for completing and submitting your application. Applicants are responsible for reading all instructions on how to apply as well as other important information on the application and testing process contained in the handbook.
  3. Click Apply Now button at and complete your application.

There is no Application Fee, however applicants will need to pay to take the CHIP test. 


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