Westport - Entry Level Police Officer

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Department Westport Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleEntry Level Police Officer
Salary$72,981 to $99,335
Location Westport, CT

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Westport Police Department, CT Public Safety Jobs



Entry Level Police Officers


See the attached job description for details.


Entry Level officers start at $70,959 with a 6-step pay scale. Top step is $99,335 and is generally reached within 4-5 years.  These figures do not include various incentives paid by the department which include: the Master Officer Program, holiday pay, and weapons qualification pay.  Incentive pay is also given for achieving and maintaining Emergency Medical Technician level certification as well as to those officers who have earned an associate degree and/or bachelor's degree. 


While Westport may be considered a “bedroom community” to the New York City metro area we remain a very busy police department, responding to an average of more than 25,000 calls for service annually.  We are situated in close proximity to several cities; we have two Metro-North railroad stations and two major highways (Route 15 & Interstate 95) that pass through our town.  State Route 1 also runs through Westport and features a number of commercial and retail businesses. 

The sworn officers of the Police Department serve a population of over 28,000 residents and an additional 8,000 to 10,000 non-residents working here in town.

More information about the Department may be found at our website, located at www.westportctpd.org. 


The Westport Police Department holds its officers to the highest moral and ethical standards, beginning with the hiring process. At a minimum, a successful applicant must:

  • Be a United States citizen, age 21 and over.
  • Have earned a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. An associate's degree or higher or military service is preferred.
  • Officers must reside within 45 miles of the Town of Westport by the time of graduation from the police academy.


The Westport Police Department will not consider an applicant for appointment if they have: 

  • Been convicted of a felony crime or any crime requiring registration per Connecticut state law.
  • Been convicted of any Class A or B Misdemeanor other than minor traffic violation.
  • Committed an act of perjury or provided a false statement.
  • Been arrested for domestic violence or domestic assault.
  • Been dishonorably discharged from the military service.
  • Been terminated for cause from any government agency or department.


The Westport Police Department has a strong drug testing program in place. Use of the following drugs/substances within a 3-year period of the examination date may disqualify an applicant from consideration:

  • Cannabis substances (i.e. marijuana, hashish, hash oil, etc.)


Use of the following drugs at any time will disqualify an applicant from consideration:

  • Any hallucinogens.
  • Any narcotics (i.e. heroin, morphine, opium, methadone, cocaine, etc.).
  • Stimulants or depressants (cocaine, crack, crystal methamphetamine, GHB, ecstasy, etc.).
  • Performance-enhancing steroids.

Applicants' employment and military history, driving history, prior criminal activity, truthfulness and character will be factored into all decisions regarding an applicant’s status.


  1. Application via Policeapp.com (online)
  2. CPCA Written Exam (minimum 75% score required)
  3. Physical Assessment (CHIP Test at 40%, must have CHIP card at the time of written exam: www.chip-inc.com )
  4. Oral Interview Panel (minimum 75% score required)
  5. Personal History Questionnaire
  6. Polygraph Examination
  7. Psychological Evaluation
  8. Background Investigation
  9. Physical Exam, Drug Screen, Stress Test
  10. Swim Test
  11. Interview with Chief of Police



Westport is a waterfront community.  Successful applicants will be required to pass a swim test consisting of a 100-yard swim (no time limit), treading water, and object retrieval at an 8–10-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.  For entry level officers, tattoos may not be visible while in uniform. 

Applications must be received by October 20, 2023.


Please direct questions regarding this position to APrezioso@westportct.gov

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