The Stamford Police Department (SPD) works to uphold the letter of the law while serving the law enforcement needs of the 122,643 residents who live in Stamford, Connecticut’s fourth largest city. For nine years the FBI has rated Stamford one of the safest cities in the U.S. Considerable credit is due to SPD’s collaborative community policing which involves officers and residents working together to identify and solve community issues before they become dangerous crime problems.
If you want to join the proud ranks of this elite police department, review the steps in this guide to learn how to become a Stamford police officer:
- Meet Minimum Requirements
- Pass Written Examination
- Pass Physical Assessment Test
- Oral Panel
- Battery of Background Tests
- Conditional Job Offer
- Medical Tests
- Academy/Certification/Field Training
Step 1. Minimum Requirements
In order to be considered for the position of police officer in Stamford you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen over the age of 21
- Possess a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license
- Have no perjury, felony, or misdemeanor class A or B convictions
Step 2. Apply
If you satisfy the basic requirements, go to www.cityofstamford.org and click on “employment opportunities” for an online application. You can also speak with a recruiting officer at the Stamford Police Department, 805 Bedford St., Stamford 06901; Tel: 203/977-4444.
Step 3. Written Examination
You will be notified where and when to take a written examination, which takes 1-1/2 hours to complete. Subjects covered include basic math, reading comprehension, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and ability to follow directions.
Step 4. Physical Assessment Test
If you pass the written examination you will be given a date and time for the physical assessment test. Wear comfortable gym clothes/shoes. The test includes:
- Sit-ups (most you can do in one minute)
- Reach and Stretch (as far as you can stretch)
- Push-ups (most you can do in one minute)
- 1.5-mile run (as fast as you can run, jog or walk)
Passing scores for each component are adjusted for age and gender.
Step 5. Oral Panel
You will be questioned by a panel of police officers, including at least one from the Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) council. Answer clearly, succinctly and truthfully.
Step 6. Battery of Background Tests
You will be subjected to a polygraph test and fingerprinted. A thorough investigation of your background will be carried out, including your school, driving and arrest records; employment and credit histories; and personal behavior.
Step 7. Conditional Job Offer
You will be invited to join the Stamford Police Department as a police officer recruit contingent upon passing all medical tests and successfully completing training.
Step 8. Post-Offer Medical Tests
You will have a drug screening and be examined by a physician and police psychologist to ascertain your physical and mental suitability for work as a Stamford police officer.
Step 9. POST Academy/Certification/Field Training
You will attend the POST basic training program at the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden where you will reside from 8 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Friday each week for 22 weeks. You must achieve a passing grade of 70% or better in each of 17 academic areas and successfully complete 12 practical skills areas, after which you will be issued a POST certification. Following graduation you will have a period of field training in Stamford, during which you will be paired with an experienced training Officer.
Stamford Police Department Salaries and Opportunities
The median annual salary for Stamford police officers is $56,998. There are many opportunities to serve in various units/divisions. The department has acquired state-of-the- art tactical and technological equipment and is planning to increase forensics capabilities. Stamford specialty units include:
- Special Victims Unit
- Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
- Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Squad (CARS)
- Canine Unit
- Motorcycle Unit
- Marine Unit (three vessels)