Hanover - Certified Police Officer

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Department Hanover Police Department
Job TitleCertified Police Officer
Salary$57,387 to $78,748
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Hanover, NH

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Hanover Police Department, NH Police Jobs





The testing process consists of a physical fitness test at the NHPSTC entry level physical fitness standard.  All applicants will be subject to a full background investigation including polygraph, medical and psychological exams. Applications must be made through PoliceApp.com. STRUCTURED HIRING BONUS:  $15,000 for NH full-time certified officers; $10,000 for out-of-state full-time certified officers.


Hanover Police Officers perform a variety of assignments including criminal investigations and arrests, foot patrol, traffic enforcement, accident investigations, and a variety of community policing efforts.


Salary is negotiated depending on qualifications and experience. The range is $57,387 to $78,748 with additional incentive pay for Education and Physical Fitness testing. Officers receive an additional 2% raise after 6 months of employment.


The Town of Hanover is located in Grafton County in west central New Hampshire bordered by the Connecticut River. The population is estimated at 11,260 (per the 2010 Census) and encompasses 50.3 square miles including two villages; Etna and Hanover Center. The Town of Hanover has been rated as one of the Top 10 places to live in America twice in the past 10 years (2011 and 2007); Hanover High School achieved the designation as one of “America’s Best High Schools” in 2009 and they accept students from other Towns in VT and NH.  The downtown area is a thriving district with small shops and restaurants surrounded by theater, art and sporting events. 

Many residents have made a conscious decision to live in Hanover because of the region’s high quality of life – the beautiful countryside, ample recreational opportunities (including the Appalachian Trail); regarded as a safe place to live and to raise children within easy driving distance of key Northeast metropolitan centers; Boston, the Seacoast and the White Mountains are within 2 hours of Hanover.

Hanover is the home of Dartmouth College and the Police Department conducts criminal investigations both on campus as well as throughout the community. The Hanover Police Department coordinates closely with Dartmouth College Safety and Security as their security officers are not sworn officers. 

The Hanover Police Department recently experienced multiple retirements of officers that had over 20 years of service in this community. This created multiple opportunities for promotion and restructuring of duties.  In 2020, the fleet of marked cruisers were replaced with black and white Ford utility vehicles along with Mobile Data Terminals (MDT’s) and related equipment. 

The Hanover Police Department has an incentive program that provides opportunity for additional pay for physical fitness testing as well as education (2% for Associate’s Degree; 4% for Bachelor’s Degree and 6% for Master’s).


The men and women of the Hanover Police Department’s mission is to “provide professional and compassionate police service through partnerships that build trust, reduce crime, create a safe environment and enhance the quality of life in our community”.

 To fulfil this mission, we will have an uncompromising insistence on quality people who believe in our core values:

“Integrity, Respect, Fairness, Excellence and Positivity.”  


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • 21 years of age at the time of employment
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Vision corrected to 20/20 or better in both eyes
  • Normal hearing
  • Physical and mental fitness
  • Ability to pass the background requirements

To maintain certification in New Hampshire:

Part 1 – Medical Requirement

New Hampshire State Law (RSA 188-F:27 III-d – III-j) requires that all police, state corrections, and probation-parole officers hired after January 1, 2001, as a condition of continued certification and employment, must furnish Police Standards and Training Council every 3 years with a certificate from a licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or registered nurse practitioner who has conducted a medical examination of the officer according to protocols adopted by the Council certifying that in the opinion of the examiner, the officer is physically capable of participating in the Council’s physical fitness test.

Part 11 – Physical Agility Requirement

As of January 1, 2001 and thereafter, NH State Law (RSA 188-F:27 III-d – III-j) requires that all police, state corrections, and probation-parole officers hired after that date, as a condition of continued certification and employment, every 3 years during their law enforcement careers must pass a physical performance test, administered by their department or by the Police Standards and Training Council, according to protocols adopted by the Council. (The current protocols consist of a timed 1.5 mile run, pushups, and sit-ups; however, they are subject to change by the Council from time to time).


Candidates are required to pass a physical fitness test based on NH PSTC entry level standards.


Successful candidates are able to complete the physical fitness exam (no written test is required for certified officers), oral board interview, Chief’s interview, background investigation including polygraph exam, psychological and medical exams.

Out of State certified applicants will need to complete the law package classes as determined by NH Police Standards and Training.   


Applications are accepted through PoliceApp.com and will not be accepted in person or through e-mail or USPS. The fee charged to the applicant is paid directly to PoliceApp.com through their website application process. 

The Town of Hanover is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Please direct questions regarding this position to Elizabeth.Rathburn@HanoverNH.org

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