Hamden - Certified Police Officer

Job Overview

Department Hamden Police Department
Job TitleCertified Police Officer
Salary$88,119.43 - $96,057.76 (After 2 years)
Deadline Jan 8, 2025 11:59 PM Eastern
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Hamden, CT
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Hamden Police Department, CT Public Safety Jobs

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Hamden Police Department, CT Public Safety JobsBECOME A HAMDEN POLICE OFFICER

The Hamden Police Department is currently recruiting community members interested in certified police officer positions. 

Applicants are required to complete both an application through PoliceApp.com and a Town of Hamden Employment Application. There is a charge to cover processing fees.


The Hamden Police Department is comprised of individuals who work cohesively to preserve the peace, deter and prevent crime, apprehend offenders, pursue justice for victims, promote traffic safety, and educate the public. We remain committed to expanding our diverse, professional workforce through bias free recruitment, hiring and promotion. The Department fosters and preserves the public trust through community oriented policing strategies.

The Town of Hamden, HPD and Our Community

The Town of Hamden is a diverse community with approximately 62,000 residents, located in New Haven County Connecticut.  The town covers 34 square miles and features urban, suburban and rural areas. The Hamden Police Department provides public safety and law enforcement services for the Town of Hamden while collaborating with our collective community (police, residents, business/organizations, government, universities, and schools) acting together as a unified force to prevent crime, promote safety, and improve society.

The position of Certified Police Officer

The position of a Hamden Police Officer involves the responsibility for the protection of life and property; the prevention, detection and investigation of crime; and for maintaining law and order while respecting the individual rights guarantee by the State of Connecticut and United States Constitutions. Assignments are received from superior officers and are carried out in accordance with established police rules and procedures. Police Officers must use their own judgement and frequently act without supervision in managing emergencies. Hamden Police Officers are expected to act as role models, mentors, mediators and community partners within our diverse communities, while portraying the highest moral and ethical standards. 

The Hamden Police Department is currently budgeted to employ 105 sworn police officers. Civilian personnel assigned to various divisions supplement the department’s authorized strength of sworn officers. The department offers successful applicants the opportunity to advance his / her career and personal goals in positions within specialized units, advanced training and certifications.



  • Sworn Certified Police Officer Salary Range of $88,119.43 - $96,057.76 (After 2 years)


  • CMERS pension after 25 years of service.

Other Benefits

  • Education Incentives.
  • Shift Differential Compensation.
  • Longevity Bonus Compensation.
  • Medical / Dental Insurance.
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Personnel, and Sick).
  • Paid Holidays.
  • Annual Uniform / Clothing Allowance.
  • Life Insurance.


  • Grade A-I Police Officer, Grade A-II Police Officer to Grade A-III Police Officer.
  • Promotional opportunities for Police Detective and Police Sergeant positions after 3 years of service through competitive civil service examinations.

Specialized Job Opportunities

In addition to the Patrol Division and Investigative Services Division, the Hamden Police Department offers its officers the opportunity to work in numerous other capacities and assignments based on experience and qualifications such as;

  • Neighborhood Initiative Unit (Community Policing / Quality of Life Improvement)
  • School Resource Officer
  • Crisis Intervention Team
  • Bicycle Patrol Unit
  • Traffic Division / Accident Reconstruction
  • Motorcycle / ATV patrol
  • K9 Unit
  • Street Interdiction Team / Task Force Officer positions
  • Field Training Officer
  • Honor Guard
  • Emergency Services Unit / Crisis Negotiation
  • Computer Crimes Unit


Only Connecticut POSTC Certified Police Officers (C.G.S. 7-294d) with a minimum of 2 years certification (2 years from completion of Field Training (FTO) and all POSTC requirements) may apply. Certified Applicants must attach copies of their CT-POSTC certification and a valid driver’s license to the application.

  • At least 21 years of age.
  • Possession of a valid Connecticut State driver’s license.
  • United States Citizenship.
  • A High School diploma or equivalent.
  • The ability to perform the essential tasks required of a Police Officer.

Selection Process

The Civil Service / Personnel Department of the Town of Hamden with the assistance of the Hamden Police Department, work cooperatively in administering the testing process while adhering to all Civil Service rules and regulations.

Upon successful completion of the police applicant written and oral examination tests, fitness standards, medical examination, background investigation and a selection process; the Hamden Board of Police Commissioners may make appointments to the position of Probationary Police Officer.

Applicants are required to complete both an application through PoliceApp.com and a Town of Hamden Employment Application. There is a charge to cover processing fees.

Please direct questions regarding this position to rquinn@hamdenpd.com

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

Applicants are responsible for checking their email and logging into their PoliceApp, PublicSafetyApp, FireFighterApp or EmployementApp account to monitor for emails, scheduling and process updates.

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