The Portland Police Department is currently hiring for the January 2015 Maine Criminal Justice Academy Class, and they are warning prospective cops that they will need to shape up if they hope to have a chance to be hired. The department currently employs 163 sworn officers and 59 civilian employees, and is the largest municipal law enforcement agency in the state of Maine.
The department uses an extensive hiring process aimed at selecting the best candidates to serve as police officers in the city. The process is highly competitive and standards are high, according to the department.
To improve candidates’ chances of making the cut, police urged them to familiarize themselves with the hiring process, and to take particular care to understand the physical fitness requirements. According to the PPD, many candidates are eliminated from the hiring process because they are unable to meet the required standards.
All candidates must be U.S. citizens, high school graduates or equivalent, and have either two years of post-high school employment or three years of post- high school education, or a combination of education and employment totaling three years. Applicants must possess a valid motor vehicle driver’s license, be in good health with normal vision and hearing, and meet all requirements of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.
The Portland Police Department’s hiring process is covered by a Civil Service Ordinance which is administered by the Civil Service Commission.