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Entry Level Officers

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Step 1: Application Process

  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Include a copy of your birth certificate, high school diploma (or GED)
  3. Include your driver’s license or state ID. (If applicable, also include a DD2 Form 214 – certificate of discharge from military active duty)
  4. Candidate applications are considered INCOMPLETE until the candidate uploads copies of the following documents. (The documents will upload as PDF's, Word documents, and JPEG formats)
  • High School Diploma, GED or College Diploma
  • Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Once this is complete, applicants will be contacted to take an ONLINE exam.

NOTE: You MUST be 21 years old by the date of a conditional offer of employment.

Step 2: Selection Process

You MUST pass the in-person Written Exam and Physical agility test.

  1. In-Person Exam
  2. Physical Agility Exam Requirements
    1. Sit-ups
    2. Push-ups
    3. 1 ½ mile run

NOTE: You must pass each phase of the physical test to move onto the next. (i.e if you fail the sit-up portion, you will be dismissed and not allowed to move onto the push-ups.)

Step 3: Interview

Upon passing these tests, you will advance to a scheduled Oral Board.

Step 4: Conditional offer of Probationary Employment

If a conditional offer of probationary employment is made, you will be required to

  1. Background Check
  2. Polygraph Examination
  3. Psychological Examination
  4. Medical Examination

Final Step: Personal meeting with the Chief

Recruitment and Selection Process


State Retirement System

Eligible uniformed Police and Fire employees are enrolled in the State of New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS). The NHRS is a public employee pension plan qualified as a tax exempt organization under Section 401(a) and 501((a) of the Internal Revenue Code. It provides retirement, disability, and death protection to its members and their beneficiaries. Contributions vary on an annual basis. The current rate is 11.55% of annual gross income. Retirement benefits are specifically determined by a formula, which considers two variables: a member's salary credit and a member's service credit.

Special Requirements

Automatic Disqualifiers for Employment