Becoming a Police Officer in Bangor, Maine

The Bangor Police Department was established in 1889 with a force of just 13 police officers. Today, the department has 81 sworn police officers and is the third largest in Maine. The law enforcement professionals who hold Bangor police jobs have kept Bangor at one of the lowest violent crime rates for cities with fewer than 100,000 residents. Becoming a police officer in Bangor involves protecting it’s 33,500 residents on a daily basis.

The following provides guidance on how to become a cop by meeting police officer requirements in Bangor:

  1. Make sure that you meet the conditions of the job
  2. Pass a written examination and physical agility test
  3. Pass the oral boards, background investigation and polygraph test
  4. Pass medical and psychological examinations
  5. Complete training at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy


Step 1.  Meet the Conditions to Become a Bangor Police Officer

There are some basic conditions you must meet in order to become a police officer in Bangor. They are:

  • Possess a high school diploma/GED
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Preference is given to applicants with college credits
  • Preference is given to applicants with law enforcement or military experience

Before submitting an application for this position, you must pass the examinations in Step 2.

Step 2. Pass a Written Examination and Physical Agility Test

Prior to applying to become a police officer in Bangor, you must pass a written examination of general knowledge and a physical agility test. These are both given by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. Contact the academy at 207-877-8000 to schedule both exams (called the ALERT exam and the Physical Fitness Test).  You must pass both of these examinations before you can apply to become a police officer in Bangor. The minimum passing score for the ALERT exam is 40.

For the physical fitness test, you must meet standards for your sex and age in various exercises and a 1.5-mile run.

Once you have passed these tests, you will receive written verification by mail. Enclose copies of this verification with your application for employment as a police officer in Bangor.

You must contact the Bangor Police Department at 207-947-7384 to request an application. Mail it and all necessary attachments to Bangor Police Department, Attn: Training Officer, 240 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401.

Step 3. Pass Oral Boards, a Background Investigation and a Polygraph Test

If the Training Officer reviews your application and attachments and considers you as a candidate to become a police officer in Bangor, you will be contacted to schedule your oral boards. This interview with a panel from the Bangor Police Department will assess your personality to determine if you would be a good fit within the department.

Upon passing the oral boards, you will undergo a complete background check, including a lie detector test. Your prior employers, references, and others significant in your background will be contacted. Your history in all areas will be thoroughly investigated. If you pass this investigation and the lie detector test, you will be given a tentative offer of employment to become a Bangor police officer (contingent upon the next step).

Step 4. Pass Medical and Psychological Examinations

If you have reached Step 4, you have a tentative offer of employment as a police officer in Bangor. You must now pass a medical examination, including a drug test, and a psychological assessment. These are both designed to assess your fitness (physically and mentally) to serve as a Bangor police officer. Passing these will earn you a berth at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for training.

Step 5. Complete Maine Criminal Justice Academy Training

Way to go! You have made it through the grueling application process and have become a police officer in Maine! Under Maine law, you must now attend basic law enforcement training at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. For 18 weeks, you will learn about things such as firearms, civil law, criminal law, procedures, and other topics necessary to function as an effective police officer in Bangor. At the conclusion of this training, you will be legally allowed to serve as a police officer in Bangor.

As of 2013, the starting yearly salary for a Bangor police officer is $34,996 to $40,768, depending upon experience.

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