Meriden - Certified Police Officer

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Department Meriden Police Department
Job TitleCertified Police Officer
Salary$81,556.80 to $89,502.40 after two years (as of 7/01/2023) and increases to $91,520 7/01/2024
Deadline Dec 31, 2024 11:59 PM Eastern
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Meriden, CT
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Meriden Police Department, CT Public Safety Jobs

Selection Process Information for the Position of Certified Police Officer

- Certified Officers Only –

The City of Meriden Police Department has an ongoing application process for Certified Police Officers. This process will remain open until all vacancies are filled. All correspondence will be done through Testing dates will be assigned as applications are processed.


Certified Officers start at $81,556.80 with two yearly increases to reach top pay of $91,520.00 (7/01/2024)

Seven percent shift differential for evening shift and six percent for midnight shift

Retirement: 52.5% of average annual base-pay pension after 25 years service with a maximum of 70% at 32 years of service, along with a 2% COLA. Officers are vested after ten years of service. 

Please see the recruitment brochure located at the top of the page for a complete list of our generous benefit package


You are NOT eligible for employment with the Meriden Police Department if:

  • You have been convicted of a Felony Crime.
  • You have been convicted of any Class A or Class B misdemeanor.
  • You have been convicted of a DWI or DUI. (This includes a 1st time nolle)
  • You have committed any act which would constitute perjury or false statement.
  • You have been arrested and/or convicted of domestic violence or domestic assault.
  • You have been dishonorably discharged from any military service.
  • You have been terminated for cause from a department of local, state, or federal government.
  • You have been asked to resign from a department while under investigation of wrong doing. 

You must also meet the following minimum qualifications in order to be considered for a position with the Meriden Police Department:

  • Age: Twenty-one (21) years of age at the time of the written test.
  • Education: You must be a high school graduate or possess a GED.
  • License: Candidate must possess and maintain a valid Connecticut driver’s license.
  • Residency: Candidate must be a United States citizen.
  • Drug Testing: Candidate will be required to submit to a drug test as part of the pre-employment medical examination.
  • Certified Experience: You must have been a certified police officer for at least two years, and you must be in good standing with your department or retired in good standing. If retired, you must be within your certification time period.


The selection process will include, at minimum, a detailed review of your application packet, and the successful completion of the Department’s selection process which includes but may not be limited to the following:

  • Written Examination (Passing 70 %)
  • Oral Examination (Passing 70%)
  • Writing Sample
  • Detailed Background Investigation
  • Detailed Resume (must be uploaded to
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Psychological Exam
  • Medical Exam
  • Chief’s Interview
  • P.O.S.T.C Comparative Review and Approval (out of state only)

POLICE APPLICANT BACKGROUND PACKAGE:  Please complete the Background Package located in the top-right corner of this page.  Hold onto this package until requested from the Meriden Internal Affairs Unit. 

The Police Chief reserves the right to reject any eligible candidate whom, on the basis of background and character investigation or medical examination, does not appear to be the most suitable qualified candidate for the position.  If you fail to appear for any part of the examination process, or if you do not pass any part of the examination, your name will be removed from any further consideration.


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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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