South Kingstown - Entry Level Police Officer

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Job Overview

Department South Kingstown Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleEntry Level Police Officer
Salary$51,012 - $71,375 plus longevity
Registration Fee$25.00
Location Wakefield, RI

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South Kingstown Police Department, RI Police Jobs          SOUTH KINGSTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT          South Kingstown Police Department, RI Police Jobs

1790 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown, RI 02879

(401) 783-3321 ♦ Fax (401) 788-9775


Before proceeding, you must download and fully read the "RECRUITMENT PACKET" located under the "Apply Now" button in the upper right portion of this webpage.

The South Kingstown, RI Police Department is seeking applicants to establish an eligibility pool for the position of Police Officer. South Kingstown is a growing, diverse seaside community of over 30,000 residents and is the ninth most populated city or town in Rhode Island. The town encompasses 63 square miles, making it the largest in the state, and includes the University of Rhode Island, the state’s largest higher education institution, and several beaches. South Kingstown is the most populated town in Washington County.

The police department currently employs 56 sworn officers. The Chief of Police and three Captains oversee the entire department. There is one Lieutenant, one Sergeant, and one Officer working in administration. The Detective Division is comprised of 8 officers; one Lieutenant, one Sergeant, and six Detectives. The Prosecution Division is overseen by a Lieutenant. Each patrol shift has one Lieutenant, two Sergeants, and at least eight Officers for a total of 36 sworn officers in the Patrol Division. There are 2 school resource officers (SROs). There is one SRO at the high school and one SRO at the middle school. There is an officer assigned to the Community Resource Officer position. The Traffic Division is overseen by a Sergeant.  

The department offers specialized services such as Accident Reconstruction, K-9 Officer, Community Resource Officer, Bike Patrol, a Ceremonial Honor Guard, and a Dive Team. The department prides itself on the professional development and training of each officer by offering many training opportunities, and college tuition reimbursement for all sworn officers.



 • Must be 21 years of age
 • Must be a citizen of the United States or have naturalization prior to the start of the January 2022 Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy
 • Must possess a valid driver’s license
 • Must possess 60 college credits or an Associate’s Degree from an accredited university by August 1, 2021.
   Must possess a high school diploma or GED certificate AND:
      - Two years of continuous, active duty service in the US military; OR
      - Four years of continuous, reserve service in the US military; OR
Two years of current experience as a police officer in any state



  • Year 1: $51.012
  • Year 2: $53,140
  • Year 3: $55,265
  • Year 4: $57,986
  • Year 5: $60,808
  • Year 6: $71,375

Officers receive paid vacation days, paid holidays, sick leave, medical & dental insurance, and membership in the Rhode Island state pension system.

Patrol officers work a 4-2 rotating schedule on one of three shifts:

            1st shift            0700-1500 (7am-3pm)

            2nd shift           1500-2300 (3pm-11pm)

            3rd shift            2300-0700 (11pm-7am)



1. Agility Test – 9:00am

Mackal Fieldhouse, University of RI, Kingston, RI

Bring driver’s license, water bottle, and paperwork listed on page 3, step 2.  Wait outside until directed inside.  Applicants must wear a plain white tee shirt and dark blue or black gym shorts. NO sweat pants, yoga/compression pants/shorts will be allowed. 

2. Written Test-12:00 pm

Keaney Gymnasium, University of RI, Kingston, RI

You will be given time to change into proper business attire for the written exam.  Bring your driver’s license, #2 pencils and water.  No food will be allowed in the exam room.

3. Oral Interview
    South Kingstown Police Department

4. Final List
    Applicants will be placed in a pool and chosen at the discretion of the Chief of Police


July 8th, 2021 | 6:30pm-8:00pm

South Kingstown Police Department

1790 Kingstown Rd.



All hired candidates must attend a 20-week training at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy beginning 01/03/22. The probationary period begins upon hire date. All recruits from this police department receive probationary salary while in the police academy. All equipment and uniforms are purchased and supplied by the police department.



Please visit to apply. There is a non-refundable fee of $25 payable online. Applicants financially unable to pay the fee must request a hardship waiver in writing from the Chief of Police prior to submitting their application.


Please contact Training Officer Michael Chappell at (401) 783-3321 x310 or with any questions or to register for the informational session.


Applications and required forms must be received by 11:59pm, Sunday August 1st, 2021. To download the required forms, please click the link titled RECRUITMENT PACKET towards the top right corner of this web page.





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