Cheshire - Entry Level Police Officer

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Department Cheshire Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleEntry Level Police Officer
Salary$57,726.00 to $84,352.00
Location Cheshire, CT

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Job Description and Environment:

The Town Of Cheshire is now accepting applications for the position of entry level Police Officer. This is a patrol officer position involving the responsibility for the protection of life and property; the prevention, detection and investigation of crime; and maintaining law and order.  Patrol Officers provide Police Services to the Town of Cheshire 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year, so successful applicants should be prepared to work on nights, weekends, and holidays.  Police Officers must use their own judgment and act without supervision in emergencies.  Work is reviewed through reports, on-the-job inspection, and observations of results obtained. Successful applicants should be prepared to begin basic training at the Connecticut Police Academy during the Summer of 2023. 

The Town of Cheshire offers a competitive salary and benefits package including: paid sick time, paid holidays, paid vacation, a 5/2-5/3 schedule for Patrol Officers, and a 401(a) retirement savings plan with a town contribution of 10.50% (rate effective July 1, 2023) in addition to the employee's minimum required contributiion (currently 6%).  There are also other incentives such as shift differential (for evenings and night shift), sick time payout, educational incentive, tuition reimbursement for continued studies related to law enforcement, and an optional Town administered 457b deferred compensation plan.  The Cheshire Police Department offers a number of opportunities for career enhancement; Detective and Traffic Divisions, School Resource Officer (SRO), Community Relations, Special Response Team (S.R.T.), motorcycle, bike, and ATV.

The Town of Cheshire is ranked among the top small towns by Money Magazine and Connecticut Magazine. Cheshire has been selected by Money Magazine as one of the 50 best places to live in the nation, ranking 28th among “America’s best small towns” in 2020.  Cheshire was recognized for good schools, a sense of community, and safety.  In addition, the Location, Inc. and Neighborhood Scout have identified Cheshire as one of the safest cities in America. The Town was designated the 19th Safest City (population >25,000) in America in 2017.  


Candidate must have NO Felony or Class A or B Misdemeanor Convictions

Candidates must be a US citizen, possess valid driver’s license at time of appointment, have earned a High School Diploma (or GED Equivalent), be a non-smoker, and be at least age 21 upon appointment.   

Candidates will need to have taken and passed (minimum passing score of 70%) a CPCA written exam and posted it to the PoliceApp website prior to the closing date for applications.  Upcoming CPCA written examinations are offered on-line on September 10 and September 30 (for more information, visit the police app website exams section at:  

The Cheshire Police Department will be conducting the physical assessment for all candidates on October 14, 2023 at 1:00pm at Cheshire High School (525 South Main St. Cheshire, CT).  All applicants are required to attend and pass this physical assesment on this date to be considered for the position.  Applicants will need to bring, or upload with their application, a completed and signed Medical Approval Form and a Waiver and Indemnification Form (attached), along with a valid photo ID, on the afternoon of the assessment.  

Testing Process:

Following the application submission, a number of applicants will be asked to participate in an Oral Panel Examination.  Furtherance in the process will require selected applicants to pass a rigorous background investigation to include, but not limited to, a polygraph and psychological examination, medical examination with drug screening, financial review with credit check, and an interview with the Chief of Police. 


Starting salary is $57, 726 upon appointment (for the duration of the academy). After completion of the Police Academy, the progressive salary range is $64,133 (for year one) to $84,352 (after 4 years of service).

The Town of Cheshire is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing non-discriminatory employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.

Closing date for applications is at 2359hrs (11:59 P.M.) on October 10, 2023.   

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