Portland - Entry Level Police Officer

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Department Portland Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleEntry Level Police Officer
Location Portland, ME

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Portland Police Department, ME Police Jobs

Meet the challenges and opportunities of Maine’s largest city.

Maine’s largest municipal department is currently accepting applications for:
Police Officer. Applications can be completed online by visiting www.portland-police.com


The Portland Police Department is seeking applicants to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy December 2019. With a strength of 166 sworn officers and 59 civilian employees, Portland PD is the largest municipal law enforcement agency in the state of Maine. $10,000 sign on bonus!


In addition to responding to more than 80,000 calls for service each year, the Department fields an experienced Criminal Investigations Division including a forensics component, a robust Community Policing Unit, a regional Emergency Communications Center and a substantial number of specialty teams/special capabilities. Specialty teams include a Hazardous Devices Unit, Dive Team, Crisis Negotiators, Special Reaction Team, and a Canine Unit. Special capabilities include a nationally recognized Mental Health Co-Responder Program as well as accident reconstruction, arson investigation, and victim services. The Department also provides patrol services on Peaks Island and at the Portland International Jetport and assigns personnel to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and an FBI Safe Streets Task Force.

New officers start at a salary of $47,736. This does not include shift differential, education incentive, overtime pay, court appearance pay, or specialty pay.


Be a high school graduate or equivalent and have either two years of post-high school employment or three years of post-high school education or a combination of education and employment totaling three years, have valid driver’s license, good driving record, and good mental and physical condition.


The Portland Police Department welcomes full-time certified law enforcement officers from Maine and beyond. We offer salary commensurate with years of police service and our hiring process is expeditious and accommodating. The entire lateral hiring process may be completed in as little as two trips to Portland.

The City of Portland Police Department continues to offer a $10,000 signing bonus to new and lateral officers.

An application may be completed on our website or obtained from the City of Portland Human Resources Department (389 Congress St, Room 115, and Portland, Maine). The application must be accompanied by a cover letter and resume. Resumes are used as part of the screening process so candidates are advised to submit a solid, professional resume. Upon receipt of your application, we will notify you of the next available written test date.

For more information please contact recruitment officer Kate Phelan at 207-874-8568

We look forward to meeting you and learning about the unique background or skills you may offer. Our aim is to hire only the best candidates and be truly representative of the many communities that make up the City of Portland – you could be a part of this great department, so apply today!

* Salary listed is the average salary of a first year police officer. During the academy, cadets are paid the police officer base salary of $39,000. This rate does not include education incentive, shift differential, overtime, specialty pay, court time, etc. 

For more information, contact the Portland Police Office of Personnel

Please direct questions regarding this position to kathrynp@portlandmaine.gov

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