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Westport Police Accepting Applications For New Officers

Westport Police are accepting applications for new officers.
Westport Police are accepting applications for new officers. Photo Credit: File

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Are you looking for a career in law enforcement? The Westport Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for entry level and certified police officer positions.

Applicants must possess a valid C.H.I.P. Physical Ability Assessment card and score at least a 70 percent on the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association written test. The application is available through PoliceApp.com . The next upcoming CPCA test is Aug. 19 in Bloomfield, and the deadline to register is Aug. 16.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 21 years old or older, and have a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED, though an associate's degree or higher, or military experience, is preferred. Certified officers must have a minimum of two years of experience. Officers must also live within 35 miles of Westport by the time of police academy graduation.

Candidates that score above the minimum on the exam will advance to an oral board panel and swim test. Candidates that receive a conditional job officer by the chief of police will be subject to a background investigation, polygraph, medical and psychological examination. Because 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 and an 8 to 10 foot depth.

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

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 stud earrings while on duty. For entry level officers, tattoos may not be visible while in uniform. For visible tattoos, cover-ups such as bandages and "tat jackets" are not allowed.

The deadline for applying at PoliceApp.com is Aug. 15.

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