North Kingstown - Entry Level Police Officer

Job Overview

Department North Kingstown Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleEntry Level Police Officer
Salary$58,765 to 80,360
Deadline Dec 31, 2022 11:59 PM Eastern
Registration Fee$35.00
Location North Kingstown, RI
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Town of North Kingstown – Patrol Officer

The North Kingstown Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Women and Minorities are Strongly Encouraged to Apply

The North Kingstown Police Department is embarking on a recruitment drive to identify potential candidates for hire as probationary full-time police officers. The names of successful candidates may be considered eligible to fulfill the vacancies. Information regarding applications can be located online at

Minimum Eligibility Qualifications:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at the start of the police academy.
  • Must not have any prior criminal convictions.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s (driver’s) license.
  • Must successfully pass a written examination, physical agility test, psychological & medical examinations.
  • Must successfully pass an extensive background check.
  • Rhode Island, in-state lateral police transfers will be accepted upon successful completion of an accelerated process.

Application Deadline:

Applicants must complete all required paperwork at All documents are to be submitted no later than December 31, 2022.

Application Selection Process:

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications as specified in this North Kingstown Police Officer Recruitment Packet will proceed through a series of assessments. Candidates who fail to report to any of the testing procedures and/or who fail any component of the testing process will be disqualified from further consideration. There will be no make-up dates scheduled.

The following phases of the testing process are being provided in advance so applicants can plan accordingly. The North Kingstown Police Department will notify all applicants of the specific dates and times for each phase. All dates are subject to change pending official notification if required.

In-State, Rhode Island Police Lateral Transfer Process:

Any active Rhode Island police officer or recently retired Rhode Island police officer may apply to the accelerated application process. All applicants must have successfully graduated from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy. All active and retired police officers must either be in good standing or have been considered as such upon separation from employment. The following criteria will need to be met in order to be considered for employment by the North Kingstown Police Department:

• Up to date resume.
• Successful completion of a Command staff interview(s).
• Successful completion of a background investigation.
• Successful completion of a psychological examination.
• Successful completion of a medical examination.
• Drug screening.
• Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy (RIMPTA) and Police Officer Standard and Training (POST) approval.

By applying to this accelerated in-state lateral hiring process, the applicant acknowledges and accepts the potential for modifications or amendments to this process. The Chief of Police holds the explicit right to modify or terminate the accelerated, in-state hiring process at any time without cause. All applicants who meet the criteria within this section must complete the application issued by After doing so, all applicants must contact the Training and Recruitment Office through email. The applicant must state their intentions and then submit a resume which outlines their professional work history and education. All applicants who meet the criteria within this section will be exempt from the physical agility, written examination, and first round of interviews. All correspondence for this section can be sent to the department’s Training and Recruitment Office, at Any questions regarding this process can be directed to Officer Raymond Ho at 401 294-3316 extension 8204 or Officer Jason Beneduce at 401 294-3316 extension 8240.

Job Description:

The general description of duties of a North Kingstown police officer includes, but is not limited to: patrol operations, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, community policing activities, and community caretaking functions. Police Officers patrol assigned areas primarily in single officer police vehicles and interact with citizens on both dispatched and self-initiated calls for service. Police Officers are first responders for incidents and emergency responses and may be required to establish incident command system protocols during a response to a major incident or unusual occurrence. The ability to interact with citizens, maintain ethical standards, and multi-task are critical for police officers to display and maintain.

About Our Department:

The North Kingstown Police Department is currently staffed by 55 sworn personnel officers of various ranks and the Chief of Police. Our police patrols are divided into four squads of eight patrol officers and two supervisors, consisting of a Sergeant and Lieutenant. The patrol officers work one of two 12-hour shifts, starting at 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Two squads are assigned to each shift, providing 24-hour 7-day a week of coverage to the Town of North Kingstown. Additionally, one patrol officer is assigned as a School Resource Officer to the North Kingstown High School. The remaining police personnel are assigned to administrative positions or the Detective Division. The Detective Division consisting of 6 detectives, and two supervisors consisting of a Detective Captain Commander and Detective Lieutenant. The prosecution office is staffed by a Detective Sergeant and a civilian secretary. Civilian support staff includes four full-time dispatchers, three secretaries, one clerk and one custodian.

Salary & Benefits:

Employee benefits include a starting salary of $58,765. Upon completion of three years, officers will earn a salary of $80,360 with additional benefits of paid vacation, holidays, sick days, annual clothing allowance, longevity pay, health insurance, and retirement pay. Benefit information is determined through a collective bargaining agreement between the Town of North Kingstown and IBPO Local 473 and is subject to change.

Application Selection Process:

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications as specified in this North Kingstown Police Officer Recruitment Packet will proceed through a series of assessments. Candidates who fail to report to any of the testing procedures and/or who fail any component of the testing process will be disqualified from further consideration.
There will be no make-up dates scheduled.

Physical Agility and Written Test:

1. The physical agility and written test will be administered by a third-party company. All information pertaining to registration and testing will be sent via e-mail once application is submitted.

2. The third-party company administering both physical and written exam has a small fee associated with testing. If an applicant is facing financial hardship, a waiver may be sought from the administrator of the third-party company. Applicants may contact the third-party company for additional information regarding this process.

3. Applicants who already have a passing physical agility & written test certificate:
Any applicants who have already obtained a passing physical agility and written test result and are within the time frame of 365 days, from date of issue, may use these results for this hiring process.

4. Applicants who do not have a passing physical agility and written test:
If an applicant does not have a passing, certified physical agility & written test result, they must partake in the physical agility and written test on January 7, 2023, and obtain a passing score as defined within the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy requirements. If the applicant successfully passes this physical agility and written test, a certificate will be awarded to the applicant, by the third-party company, valid for 365 days. The physical agility and written certification will allow the applicant to submit their passing agility scores to any police department that agrees to accept the results.

5. Location, Date, and Dress Code:
Saturday, January 7, 8:30 a.m. at the Thomas A. Lamb Memorial Field House, 100 Factory Street West Warwick, Rhode Island 02893. The recommended dress code for admittance into the physical agility test is a solid-colored shirt with no logos, shorts, and gym shoes. The North Kingstown Police Department, along with any instructor associated with the third-party company, reserves the right to deny any paperwork or results that do not meet the requirement defined within the selection process.

6. Required Documents:
A valid driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification will be required to check-in prior to the testing.

7. Candidates will be required to provide a “Physician’s Health Screening Form” and a “Waiver and Assumption of Risk Assessment Form” at the time of their agility test. Both documents can be downloaded from the third-party companies’ website. The “Physician’s Health Screening Form” must be signed by a physician 30 days prior to the agility test.


The selection process will entail the following phases:

Phase 1 – Physical Agility & Written Examination:
The first phase of the selection process is a physical agility and written examination. This test will be conducted by a third-party company and/or certified examiners by the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy. The physical agility test consists of a battery of tests, including a 300-meter run, 1-minute push-up test, 1-minute sit-up test, and a 1.5-mile run. Candidates must pass all components of the agility test in order to continue to the next portion of this phase. Those who do not attain the minimum acceptable score in both physical agility and written examination will be eliminated from the process.

Phase 2 – Oral Interview:
Candidates who pass physical and written examination will advance to the next phase of this process, the oral interview. The top evaluated candidates from the initial interview will advance to an interview with the Command Staff.

Phase 3 – Comprehensive Background Investigation:

Eligible candidates may be offered a conditional and contingent offer of probationary employment for the position of a police officer with the North Kingstown Police Department. All candidates must successfully pass a series of pre-employment requirements, attain satisfactory psychological test score; successful completion of the RIMPTA fitness test, pass a medical examination, (to include medical history and a drug screen test), and pass an extensive background investigation.

Failure to provide/submit any of the required listed information by the applicant may disqualify the candidate from any further consideration by the North Kingstown Police Department. Applicants who have questions regarding this process may contact the Training and Recruitment office via e-mail:



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