Police department seeks applicants

WESTPORT — The Westport Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for entry-level and certified police officer positions, according to a news release.

Applicants must possess a valid CHIP Physical Ability Assessment card and score at least a 70 percent on the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association Written Test. The application is available through PoliceApp.com. The next upcoming CPCA test is Dec. 28 in South Windsor with another in Farmington on Jan. 26; the registration deadline is Jan. 20.

The starting salary for entry-level officers is $62,200 with a six-step pay scale. Top step is $89,251 and is generally reached within five years. Salary for certified applicants will be commensurate with experience.

Successful applicants must, at a minimum, be U.S. citizens, age 21 of age or older, and have a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED, though an associate’s degree or higher or military service is preferred. Certified officers must have a minimum two years of experience. Officers must live within 35 miles of Westport by the time of police academy graduation.

Certified officers applying for entry level position must successfully complete all phases of the selection process, with the exception of the written examination and agility test, to be considered for the department.

Those scoring above the minimum on the exam will advance to an oral board panel and swim test. Candidates that receive a conditional job offer by the chief of police will continue further in the selection process and will be subject to a background investigation, polygraph, medical and psychological examination.