Becoming a Police Officer in Dover, New Hampshire

The Dover Police Department (603-742-4646) provides law enforcement services to the 30,000 residents of Dover, New Hampshire. Dover has one of the lowest rates of serious crime in the region.

This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to become a cop by meeting police officer requirements in Dover:

  1. Meet minimum requirements for employment
  2. Submit an application for employment
  3. Take the written entrance exam
  4. Take the Physical Agility exam
  5. Undergo remaining testing
  6. Complete police academy training and become state certified


Step 1. Meet Minimum Requirements for Employment

Before applying for Dover Police Jobs you must first determine whether you meet all eligibility requirements for becoming a Police Officer in Dover. In particular, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be at least 20 years old
  • Possess a high school diploma or the equivalent

Step 2. Submit an Application for Employment

Applications for The Dover Police Department jobs are accepted year round, and testing is usually every third month year round. Certified candidates, however, may be allowed to test throughout the year.

For information on becoming a Police Officer in Dover, or for the upcoming testing dates, call or email Sgt. Anderson at 603-742-4646 or at

Step 3. Take the Written Entrance Exam

The Dover Police Department tests through the Great Bay Community College Police Testing Alliance, which is through the Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth Campus, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

You must register to take the exam by completing and returning the Police Testing Alliance Registration Form, along with a $40 exam fee (by check or credit card), to Great Bay Community College.

You may also fax the Registration Form to: 603-559-1522.

The written exam, which includes math, cognitive and personality sections, takes about 90 minutes to complete, and only those candidates who pass the written exam are asked to participate in further testing at future dates. All candidates receive their test results within 2 weeks of the testing date.

Step 4. Take the Physical Agility Exam

Candidates chosen to participate in the next step of the hiring process, the physical agility exam, are contacted directly by the Dover Police Department.

Step 5. Undergo Further Testing

Select candidates who pass the Physical Agility exam are asked to complete the hiring process, which includes: an oral interview; psychological testing, including a polygraph examination; a background investigation; and medical testing.

Step 6. Complete Police Academy Training and Become State Certified

All New Hampshire police officers are required to attain state certification within 6 months of being hired. The State of New Hampshire training requirements include 14 weeks of police academy training through the New Hampshire Police Academy and state certification through the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council.

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