Hanover - Captain

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DepartmentHanover Police Department
Job TitleCaptain
Salary$75,686 to $114,714.71
Registration Fee$16.00
LocationHanover, NH

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Hanover, NH Police Jobs





The Town of Hanover is seeking an experienced and qualified law enforcement professional to fill a vacancy in the Police Department's administration as a Captain for the agency. Serving as the second in command under the Police Chief, the Captain will direct the day-to-day operations for the Patrol and Detective Divisions.

About the Town of Hanover: 

The Town of Hanover is located in Grafton County in west central New Hampshire bordered by the Connecticut River. The population is estimated at 11,260 (per the 2010 Census) and encompasses 50.3 square miles including two villages; Etna and Hanover Center. The Town of Hanover has been rated as one of the Top 10 places to live in America twice in the past 10 years (2011 and 2007); Hanover High School achieved the designation as one of "America's Best High Schools" in 2009 and they accept students from other Towns in VT and NH.  The downtown area is a thriving district with small shops and restaurants surrounded by theater, art and sporting events.

Many residents have made a conscious decision to live in Hanover because of the region's high quality of life - the beautiful countryside, ample recreational opportunities (including the Appalachian Trail); regarded as a safe place to live and to raise children within easy driving distance of key Northeast metropolitan centers; Boston, the Seacoast and the White Mountains are within 2 hours of Hanover.

Hanover is the home of Dartmouth College and the Police Department conducts criminal investigations both on campus as well as throughout the community. The Hanover Police Department coordinates closely with Dartmouth  College  Safety and Security as their security officers are not sworn officers.

Additional information about the Town of Hanover and the Police Department can be found on the Town's website: http://www.hanovernh.org.

Overview of the Department:

The Hanover Police Department is a full-service agency that employs 20 full-time sworn officers, 13 non-sworn personnel with an annual operating budget of $2.4 million. The full-time non-supervisory personnel are members of the  New England Police Benevolent Association representing police officers, dispatchers, parking control officers and clerical staff.

The Hanover Police Department recently experienced multiple retirements of officers that had over 20 years of service in this community. This created multiple opportunities for promotion and restructuring of duties.


Under the direction of the Chief of Police, the Captain will oversee the Operations and Detective Divisions' day-to-day operations. The Captain provides administrative and budgetary support to the Chief and acts for the Chief during his absence.

Salary Information: 

The full salary range is $75,686 to $114,714.71.

The Hanover Police Department has an incentive program that  provides opportunity for additional pay for physical fitness testing as well as education (2% for Associate's Degree; 4% for Bachelor's Degree and 6% for Master's).

Minimum Qualifications:

Successful candidates will have a minimum of ten (10) years of progressive experience including seven (7) years of supervisory law enforcement experience. Must be able to obtain full-time certification in the State of New Hampshire within six months of employment from the NH Police Standards and Training Council. Possession of a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in criminal justice or public administration is preferred. Successful completion of a law enforcement command school such as the FBI National Academy, Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, or equivalent course is also preferred. 


The men and women of the Hanover Police Department's mission is to "provide professional and compassionate police service through partnerships that build trust, reduce crime, create a safe environment and enhance the quality of life in our community".

 To fulfill this mission, we will have an uncompromising insistence on quality people who believe in our core values: 

"Integrity, Respect, Fairness and Excellence." 

The Town of Hanover is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

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