Wethersfield - Entry Level Police Officer

Job Overview

Department Wethersfield Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleEntry Level Police Officer
Salary$74,135-96,126
Deadline Dec 31, 2021 11:59 PM Eastern
Registration Fee$25.00
Contactjames.buyak@wethersfieldct.gov
Location Wethersfield, CT
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Wethersfield Police Department, CT

Reports to: Chief of Police or designee                                                  Status: Full-time
Annual Salary: $74,135-$96,126                                                            Union/Non Union:   Union
FLSA:     Non-exempt                                                                                                     
Closing Date: December 31, 2021                                                         Date Posted: March 12, 2021

Benefits include: Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, Defined Benefit Pension Plan, 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, 401(K) with Town match on OT/Private Duty, Roth IRA Plan, Paid Holidays, Vacation and Sick Leave.

Summary:
The Town of Wethersfield Police Department, a state and nationally accredited agency, is accepting applications for full time Police Officer.  Under the direction of the Chief of Police, a Police Officer will enforce state laws, town municipal ordinances and protect & serve residents and visitors. 

Examples of Duties:
Enforce state law and local ordinances, respond to calls for service, render first aid and other assistance as required.

Qualifications:
High School Diploma or equivalent.  Valid Connecticut motor vehicle operator's license.  Current Complete Health & Injury Prevention (CHIP) card at the 40% standard.  Candidates must be at least 21 years old at the time of appointment; be a US citizen; have no past felony, Class  A or B Misdemeanor or domestic violence convictions or have committed any act which would constitute perjury or false statement.    Applicant's work history must be free from significant disciplinary issues.

Successful Candidate must reside within a 30 minute driving radius of Wethersfield.  Non-smoker for duration of employment.  May be required to take the Pre-Certification Fitness Test within 30 days prior to entering the Police Academy.

Selection Process: 

Physical Ability Assessment:
The Physical Ability Assessment evaluates candidates in four areas, muscular endurance, flexibility, absolute strength and cardiovascular capacity, as measured by four physical activities. These activities include the sit-up, 300 meter run, push-ups and 1.5 mile run. The Physical Ability Assessment follows standards set forth by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) of the State of Connecticut.

Applicants must successfully pass the Physical Ability Assessment, as conducted by the Complete Health & Injury Prevention, Inc. (C.H.I.P.) at the 40 % standard.  Additional information including registration and forms may be found at http://www.chip-inc.com 

Written Examination:    
The written examination administered by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) must be taken prior to application submission.  The written examination requires a minimum score of 70% to pass.    

Oral Board: 
The top group of applicants passing the written exam will be invited to participate in an oral board examination. Not everyone who passes the written exam will be invited to participate in the oral board examination.  The examination consists of the applicant answering a series of questions as presented by a panel of raters.  The examination is meant to measure the applicant’s communication skills and problem solving abilities.   A minimum score of 70% on the oral board examination is required to pass.

Candidates who obtain the highest combined written and oral exam scores will be eligible to continue in the recruitment process. All others passing the examination will be placed on an eligibility list and may be considered again if any Police Officer positions become available.

Background Investigation:
The investigation of an applicant’s background and character is the key component of the selection process. Information uncovered in the investigation may be further addressed in other phases of the selection process.   Rejection from a police hiring process in another community may be the basis for disqualification in this process. Participation in illegal activities will be investigated regardless of whether those activities resulted in conviction of a crime. Results of the investigation will have a major impact on whether a candidate is hired. 

Unrestricted access to employer records, except for those with restrictions placed by law, must be granted by an applicant in order to proceed in the hiring process. 

Polygraph Examination:
The polygraph examination is used as an investigative tool in conjunction with other components of the process.  A candidate for employment as a Police Officer will not be rejected solely on an adverse or unfavorable report of a polygraph examination.  Information obtained from other phases of this process, coupled with an adverse or unfavorable polygraph report, may be sufficient grounds for rejection of a candidate.

Psychological Test and Interview:
Candidates will be required to interview with a qualified psychologist or psychiatrist.  The purpose is to determine a candidate’s suitability for employment as a Police Officer.  An adverse or unfavorable report may be grounds for rejection of a candidate.

Medical Examination:
A physical examination including a drug test and a stress test will be required of finalists.

Chief’s Interview:
The final phase of the recruitment process includes an interview with the Chief of Police. 

In Conclusion

The Town of Wethersfield reserves the right to accept a previous polygraph examination or psychological interview of any candidate if such examination report is acceptable and such test or interview was conducted within the time limits established by the CT Police Officers Standards and Training Council.

If you are not successful in passing the examination process, the Town of Wethersfield allows for re-application six (6) months from the date of the last oral panel examination. 

If you have any questions about this process or wish to discuss whether any aspect of your background may disqualify you from consideration, please contact the Human Resources Department. 

The anticipated selection process once your application is received is approximately 180 days.

To Apply For This Position:
Completed applications must be submitted through www.policeapp.com 

The Town of Wethersfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

 

Please direct questions regarding this position to james.buyak@wethersfieldct.gov


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