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Police Officer
Selection Requirements
The Concord Police Department features 84 full-time police officers. Our recruitment and selection is focused on hiring candidates who are intelligent, mature, and possess good character and good judgment.

We generally run selection processes for the position of police officer two or three times per year. Our process is highly selective. Candidates applying must have a high school diploma plus one or more of the following:
  • Knowledge acquired through a minimum of 60 credit hours in an associate or baccalaureate educational program, or 
  • Two years of full-time experience as a certified police officer at the time of appointment, or 
  • Four years of active duty military experience with an honorable discharge

A bachelor’s degree is desirable.

Candidates shall have no body art, tattoos, intentional scarring or mutilation that would be visible while wearing a short sleeve uniform.


Selection Process Steps
Our selection process has nine steps. Successful candidates must complete all nine:

  1. Review of minimum qualifications
  2. Written exam
  3. Physical ability test
  4. Oral board (panel interview)
  5. Polygraph exam
  6. Background investigation
  7. Psychological examination
  8. Final interview
  9. Physical exam and drug test

We utilize the same physical fitness standards used by The New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council to determine admission to the New Hampshire Police Academy. Those standards are available here http://www.pstc.nh.gov/faqs.htm#coopers

The Concord Police Department welcomes applications from both certified (lateral) and non-certified candidates. Certified candidates currently employed as full-time police officers are exempt from the written exam but participate in all other phases of testing.

Salary & Contact Information
Current starting base pay for police officers is $43,597 annually. Pay step adjustments are available for certified officers with at least two years of experience.

Please refer to the frequently asked questions on this page. Feel free to contact the Training and Services Division with any additional questions by contacting Lieutenant Jay Brown at 603-230-3736.