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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Westport Police Seek New Officers

Its ranks thinned by a retirements, the Westport Police Department today announced it is seeking qualified applicants for entry level and certified police officer positions.

Applicants must possess a valid C.H.I.P. (Complete Health & Injury Prevention) physical ability assessment card and score at least a 70 percent on the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) written test, an announcement said. 

The application is available through PoliceApp.com. The next CPCA test is Aug. 19 in Bloomfield with the registration deadline Aug. 16.

The starting salary for entry level officers is $59,348 with a six-step pay scale. Top step is $83,081 and is generally reached within five years. Salary for certified applicants will be commensurate with experience, the announcement said.

Successful applicants must, at a minimum, be U.S. citizens, age 21 or older, and have a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED, though an associate degree or higher or military service is preferred. 

Certified officers must have a minimum two years of experience. Officers must live within 35 miles of Westport by the time of police academy graduation. 

Certified officers applying for entry level position must successfully complete all phases of the selection process, with the exception of the written examination and agility test, to be considered for appointment to the department. 

Those scoring above the minimum on the exam will advance to an oral board panel and swim test. 

Candidates passing these phases of the selection process will be ranked by score on a hiring list and are eligible to be called for an initial interview with the Chief of Police and/or command staff. 

Candidates who receive a conditional job offer by the Chief of Police will continue further in the selection process and will be subject to a background investigation, polygraph, medical and psychological examination. 

Since Westport is a coastal community, successful applicants will be required to pass a swim test consisting of a 100-yard swim, treading water, and object retrieval at an 8- to10-foot depth.

The Westport Police Department does not permit facial piercings to be worn on duty and only female officers are permitted to wear one pair of small stud type earrings while on duty, the announcement said.

For entry-level officers, tattoos may not be visible while in uniform. For such visible tattoos, cover-ups, such as bandages and “tat jackets” are not allowed.

The deadline for applying at Policeapp.com is Aug. 25.

The Town of Westport is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the Westport Police Department not to discriminate and to provide equal opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability, the announcement said.

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Posted 08/03/17 at 02:36 PM  Permalink



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