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Police Officer - Entry Level

Department: Police
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $53,432.69/yr -
Details: Application period closes on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 4:30 PM
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Job Description

Grade 19

Comprehensive benefits package.

Starting Pay is $55,035.67/yr. for Officers who can also converse in Spanish, Portuguese, Bosnian, Russian or Arabic

General Statement of Duties

Patrols an assigned area in the enforcement of law and order. Performs traffic duties, investigations and crime prevention and detection assignments.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Graduation from High School or possession of a GED, preferably supplemented by some college course work in Criminal Justice or a related field

Required Special Qualifications

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the date of the written test;
  • US Citizenship is required;
  • Valid Driver's License.


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Applicants must not have any record of convictions other than minor offenses.

Manchester Police Department does allow tattoos; however, no inappropriate or offensive tattoos are permitted and at no point are tattoos allowed on the hands, face, neck or head. Inappropriate tattoos will be determined by the Chief of Police or his designee.

Physical Requirements

Applicants must be able to complete essential job functions of Police Officer, safely and effectively. Must meet vision standards – distant vision at least 20/30, corrected; near vision at least 20/40 in each eye corrected with contact lenses or spectacles, and 20/20 uncorrected. Successful long-term soft contact lens wearers are not subject to the uncorrected criterion. This waiver is extended to users of hard lenses if successful use has been documented. Normal color and depth perception essential. Any condition which interferes with acuity or puts the eyes at risk shall result in disqualification or deferment.


The Examination consists of a written test, physical agility test, and oral interview. Background investigation, including polygraph, will be conducted on candidates who are successful at each stage of the examination series. Offer of hire contingent upon passing a post-offer fitness for duty psychological and medical screening examination.

Police Officer Exam Physical Fitness Test Requirements.pdf

The written and physical agility exams will be administered at the NH Police Academy (New Hampshire Police Standards & Training Council) in Concord on Saturday, November 16, 2019; and the Oral Board will be administered at the Manchester Police Department on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Wednesday, November 20, 2019 and possibly Thursday, November 21, 2019 depending on the number of successful candidates. Applicants will be notified by mail/email of any change in dates, therefore it is important to provide a correct and complete mailing address as well as a valid email address and to notify Human Resources of any address change.

Application Special Instructions

MEN and WOMEN who meet the qualification may compete in the examination process. Applications must be received at the Human Resources Department by 4:30 PM on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

There is a $25.00 test fee (check or money order ONLY) which must be submitted to:

City of Manchester
Human Resources
One City Hall Plaza
Manchester, NH 03101

Please make check payable to “City of Manchester Human Resources Department”. The test fee is NON REFUNDABLE.

IN ADDITION, a copy of your Birth Certificate or other Proof of U.S. Citizenship, High School Diploma and Driver’s License must be included with your application.