Westerly - Entry Level Police Officer

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Job Overview

Department Westerly Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleEntry Level Police Officer
Salary$53,774 - $118,000
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Westerly, RI

Job Announcement

Westerly Police Department, RI Police Jobs

2023/24 Recruitment Drive


The Westerly Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Police Officer.  We are looking for applicants who demonstrate good judgment, an even temperament, respect, show creativity and problem-solving skills, think on their feet, handle pressure, and show leadership skills.

All applications will be completed and processed through www.policeapp.com/WesterlyRI .

Physical Fitness Assessments and written exams are now conducted through FIT2SERVE RI.  Westerly PD Honors active Fit2Serve fitness certificates.



  • All applicants for membership in the Westerly Police Department shall meet the following minimum qualifications:
  • All applicants shall be a citizen of the United States.
  • All applicants shall be at least 21 years of age.
  • All applicants shall possess a valid driver's license.
  • All applicants shall have earned at least 60 college credits from an accredited college or university or have two years of honorable active duty in any of the armed forces of the United States.
  • All applicants shall submit to a background investigation, which shall be conducted by the Police Department.



The Westerly Police Department will hold interviews for all candidates who have applied during this process and have successfully completed an agility test and written exam with Fit2Serve. All applicants will be notified of their Oral Board date via PoliceApp.com shortly after submission.

  1. Electronic application submission - www.policeapp.com/westerlyri
  2. Physical fitness test – Schedule through Fit 2 Serve or Certify Fit (mandatory for all applicants)
  3. Written examination – Schedule through Fit 2 Serve (mandatory for all applicants)
  4. Oral interview(s):  To Be Determined  :  Must have passed physical and written tests.
  5. Background investigations
  6. Medical examination
  7. Psychological examination
  8. The eligibility list is based on passing all previous criteria. 
  9. RI Municipal Police Academy
  10. One year probation period including FTO program.
  11. Permanent appointment as a police officer


 Upon completion of the agility and written tests from a third party company, email the scanned certificates to recruitment@westerlypolice.org, with your results.  


(Note: Applicants who are unable to provide the following documents will be removed from the process)

  1. 1. Birth certificate or naturalization papers.
  2. 2. A photocopy of your driver’s license.
  3. 3. A photocopy of your college diploma and a certified copy of your college transcript.
  4. 4. Proof of military service (DD-214, NG-21, etc...)




Closing date is March 31 2024 at 11:59pm

Questions please reach out to recruitment@westerlypolice.org


The Town of Westerly  is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the
Americans with Disabilities Act as well as maintaining an updated E.E.O.P.
Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.


Westerly Police Department


Under the general supervision of the Shift Supervisor, the patrol officer shall
perform preventive patrol and other law enforcement functions aimed at
protecting life and property, preserving the peace, reducing opportunities for the
commission of crimes, and identifying and apprehending offenders. The patrol
officer shall provide emergency and non-emergency services, while creating and
establishing a sense of security in the community.


The duty and responsibility of the Patrol officer include, but are not limited to:
1. Exercise authority consistent with the obligations imposed by the oath of
2. Drive motor vehicles under non-emergency and emergency conditions;
inspect the vehicle at the beginning of the tour of duty for any defects or
missing equipment; report any deficiencies and follow Department
protocol on service of patrol vehicles.
3. Patrol assigned area to provide for quick response to calls for service,
remain in assigned area throughout the shift, except when directed and
authorized for temporary absence to respond to calls in other areas and
to assist fellow officers.
4. Search persons, vehicles, and places when appropriate; patrol schools,
businesses, residences, public assemblies, playgrounds, parks, and
recreation areas for suspicious activity.
5. Aid citizens requesting assistance or information.
6. Identify and apprehend offenders; pursue suspects; conduct frisk and
pat downs; render first aid when applicable, handcuff suspects or
prisoners and advise persons of constitutional rights when applicable;
transport prisoners and interrogate suspects.
7. Preserve crime scenes; seize, collect, preserve, transport, photograph,
and inventory evidence and property taken into custody.
8. Maintain radio, weapons and equipment in a state of operational
readiness; use lethal and non-lethal force when necessary; fire weapons
and maintain qualified with assigned equipment.
9. Reduce the opportunities for the commission of crimes through
preventive patrol and other measures, facilitate observations of criminal
activity or conditions conducive to criminality, and for the gathering of
intelligence information.
10. Take measures to expedite the flow of vehicular traffic during periods
of congestion; enforce traffic and parking laws and ordinances;
investigate traffic accidents and aid the injured; locate witnesses and
collect evidence from accident scene.
11. Promptly serve or deliver warrants, summonses, subpoenas, and other
official papers.
12. Testify in court; prepare for court as required and present evidence;
confer with prosecutors and/or Town attorney.
13. Promptly complete detailed reports on all crimes, arrests, vehicle
collisions, and other incidents requiring police attention; conduct
complete initial investigation and follow-up investigations as required.

1. Perform dispatching duties when assigned.
2. Responsible for providing counseling, referral and follow-up services
involving criminal cases.
3. Investigate alarms and suspicious persons to ensure the safety of
residents and business owners.
4. Other duties as assigned.

1. The written directives of the Police Department and of applicable federal
and state laws and town ordinances.
2. The streets and physical layout of the community and the locations
requiring special police attention.
3. Crime reporting, crime analysis principles and practices, and crime
prevention techniques and activities.
4. Crime investigation procedures, practices, techniques, and activities.

1. The use of firearms and such other regular and special equipment as
2. Organizing and prioritizing work, exercising independent judgment,
wisdom, and common sense within established procedures guidelines
and rules.
3. Effective Communication.

1. Keep informed of any changes to Local, State, and Federal law, and
familiarity with all departmental policies and procedures.
2. Ability to tolerate stress in multitude of forms and maintain a balanced
3. Operate a motorized vehicle in non-emergency and emergency
4. Demonstrate good service skills with the ability to problem solve.
5. Utilize a computer and department software.
6. Handle confidential material and information in an ethical and
professional manner.
7. Effectively communicate with others.
8. Maintain a professional attitude and maintain punctuality and
consistent attendance with advance notification of absences.
9. Perform detailed work accurately and on time and initiate and maintain
necessary follow-up.
10. Prepare and submit clear, concise and accurate reports.
11. Demonstrate good service skills with the ability to problem solve.
12. Work hours beyond the regularly scheduled workday when needed
And pre-approved.

1. Routine exposure to extreme weather conditions (sometimes for
prolonged periods of time), including but not limited, to extreme heat
or cold, high humidity, rain, snow, and high winds.
2. Exposure to personal danger, including but not limited to armed
and/or dangerous persons/animals; persons and/or articles
contaminated with communicable diseases; hazards associated with
emergency driving, vehicular surveillance, traffic control and working
in and around traffic; hazards associated with natural and man-made
disasters, and other similar dangers or hazards.
3. Noise level in the work environment may be quiet or loud.
4. Exposure to stressful situations.
1. Finger and hand dexterity to access, enter, and retrieve data using a
computer keyboard, and to operate police equipment.
2. Running, climbing, jumping, crawling, etc.
3. Vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and
speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the radio and
4. See in the normal visual range with or without correction.
5. Physical strength, mobility and dexterity enough to handle and operate
firearms, subdue resisting individuals, force entry into buildings, and
drag, push, pull, carry or move injured persons.
6. Ability to walk, stand or sit (particularly when driving) for lengthy
periods of time.
7. Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Union position stipulated by contractual agreement between the International
Brotherhood of Police Officer (IBPO), Local 503, and the Town of Westerly.


Please direct questions regarding this position to recruitment@westerlypolice.org

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