Becoming a Police Officer in Manchester, New Hampshire

The Manchester Police Department (603-668-8711) provides law enforcement services to the city of Manchester, New Hampshire. The Manchester Police Department, which has 112 police officers and a number of specialized units within the Patrol Division, including the traffic unit, the K-9 unit, and the animal control unit, responds to more than 100,000 calls for service each year.

If you want to learn how to become a cop by meeting police officer requirements in Manchester, review these steps:

  1. Meet all minimum requirements for employment
  2. Complete a police recruit form
  3. Submit an application for employment
  4. Take a written test
  5. Take the Physical Agility test
  6. Undergo a comprehensive interview
  7. Undergo a background investigation
  8. Receive a conditional offer of employment and complete employment process
  9. Police Academy and certification


Step 1. Meet all Minimum Employment Qualifications

Before applying for Manchester Police Jobs you must determine if you meet all minimum requirements for employment. In particular, if you are interested in becoming a Police Officer in Manchester, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age by the date of the written test
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Possess a valid New Hampshire driver’s license at the time of appointment
  • 20/30 eyesight (corrected or uncorrected)
  • Be honorable discharged from the U.S. military (if applicable)

You may NOT qualify for Manchester Police Jobs if you:

  • Used marijuana in the last 12 months
  • Illegally used a controlled substance, other than marijuana, in the last 36 months
  • Used a controlled substance while you were employment in a law enforcement position
  • Have been convicted of a felony
  • Have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving dishonesty, physical violence, controlled substances, unlawful sexual conduct, or any offense that may create a reasonable doubt to your character, honesty or ability

Step 2. Complete a Police Recruit Form

If you are interested in becoming a police officer in Manchester you must first complete the Police Recruitment form. The Manchester Police Department will then contact you when a new application period begins.

Step 3. Submit an Application for Employment

Upon notification of a new application period you must download, print, and complete a City of Manchester Employment Application and send it to:

City of Manchester
Human Resources Department
One City Hall Plaza
Manchester, NH 03101

You must include a $25 non-refundable application fee (in the form of a check or money order made payable to City of Manchester Human Resources Department) and copies of your high school diploma or GED, driver’s license, birth certificate, and DD-214 (if applicable) with your application for employment for Manchester Police Jobs.

Step 4. Take a Written Test

Candidates for Manchester Police Jobs who meet minimum requirements for employment are contacted to take the written test during new application periods. Only those candidates who receive a score of at least 70 percent are eligible to take the Physical Agility test.

Step 5. Take the Physical Agility Test

The Physical Agility test includes five events (bench press, sit-ups, push-ups, trigger pull test, and a 1.5-mile run), all of which are designed to measure your ability perform physically demanding tasks that may be encountered in job performance. Upon the successful completion of the Physical Agility test, you will be scheduled for a comprehensive interview. You may read more about Physical Agility requirements before attending the Physical Agility test.

Step 6. Undergo a Comprehensive Interview

Only those candidates who pass the interview process will be subject to a background investigation.

Step 7. Undergo a Background Investigation

Candidates who pass the background investigation phase of the pre-employment process are placed on a one-year eligibility list.

Step 8. Receive a Conditional Offer of Employment and Complete
Employment Process

If you are extended a conditional offer of employment by the Manchester Police Department you will be required to successfully complete the employment process, which includes: a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, a medical examination, and a personal interview with the Chief of Police.

Step 9. Attend the Police Academy to Become State Certified

Once you are hired you will attend the New Hampshire Police Academy, which will culminate in certification through the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council.  Training takes place over a 14-week period and must be done within the first six months of your hire date.

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