Becoming a Police Officer in Waterbury, Connecticut

Waterbury, the fifth largest city in Connecticut, lies on the banks of the Naugatuck River, 77 miles northeast of New York City. Waterbury’s 110,189 residents are served with pride by the Waterbury Police Department.

This guide details the eight steps you need to take to become a police officer in Waterbury, Connecticut:

  1. Qualify/Apply
  2. Written Examination
  3. Physical Agility Test
  4. Oral Interview
  5. Background Check/Polygraph Exam
  6. Contingent Job Offer
  7. Physical/Mental Assessment

You must successfully complete each step of the process before being allowed to move on to the next step. The entire hiring process takes at least three months.


Step 1. Qualify/Apply

You must be 21 years old to become a police officer in Waterbury; however, you can apply earlier as long as you will turn 21 by academy graduation. You must also be a U.S. citizen with a high school diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license and no felony convictions. Waterbury is an equal opportunity employer.

Check for available Waterbury Police Department jobs and get an application at the Waterbury Department of Human Resources website or in person at 236 Grand Street; (203) 574-6761.

Step 2. Written Examination

When your application is accepted you will be notified where and when to take the written examination. The test focuses on general education subjects like reading comprehension, English spelling/grammar, basic math and problem solving. No law enforcement knowledge is needed.

Step 3. Physical Agility Test

You will be scheduled for a physical agility test that consists of four components:

  • One-minute of sit-ups
  • Straight leg reaches
  • One-minute push-ups
  • 1.5-mile run

Passing scores are adjusted for age and gender. If you are a 25-year old male, you must do 40 sit-ups and 33 push-ups in one minute, reach 17-1/2 inches and run 1.5 miles in 11:58 minutes. If you are a 25-year-old female you must do 35 sit-ups and 20 push-ups in one minute, reach 20 inches and run 1.5-mile in 14:04 minutes. The numbers become easier with increases in age.

Step 4. Oral Interview

You will participate in an oral interview at which one or more police officers and/or human resources personnel will inquire about your background, lifestyle, ambitions, etc.

Step 5. Background Check/Polygraph

All aspects of your background will be investigated, including your financial history, former jobs, school achievements and driving record. You will be required to take a lie-detector test. There is nothing to fear as long as you answer all questions honestly and consistently with information provided on your application and during the oral interview.

Step 6. Contingent Job Offer

You will be offered a job as Waterbury Police Officer Recruit dependent upon your successful completion of steps 7 and 8.

Step 7. Physical/Mental Assessment

You will be examined by a physician and a police psychiatrist to assure your suitability for the often physically challenging and mentally stressful work of a police officer.

Step 8. Academy

You will be required to complete 22 weeks at the POST (Police Officer Standards & Training) Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden where you will live from 8 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Friday each week. You can return home on weekends. The curriculum includes 17 academic areas like federal/state/municipal laws and police procedures, and 12 practical skills areas, like firearms training and self-defense tactics. After certification as a Connecticut Law Enforcement Officer you will have additional in-field training in Waterbury where you will be paired with an experienced training Officer.

Waterbury Salary and Opportunities

You can expect to receive an entry level salary of $43,940/year, along with medical insurance, a retirement package, and sick, vacation and holiday pay.

The Waterbury Police Department offers many opportunities for serving in a variety of capacities, including patrol, emergency response, crash reconstruction unit, criminal investigation, forensics, juvenile crime unit, hostage negotiation team, victim’s services, community relations and vice/intelligence units.

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