Becoming a Police Officer in Nashua, New Hampshire

The Nashua Police Department (603-594-3500) provides law enforcement and community policing services to Nashua, New Hampshire, through bicycle patrols; citizen academies; K9 units; walking patrols; neighborhood community policing offices; and a community center. The Nashua Police Department, which has the second largest police department in the state, currently has 179 sworn officers protecting the city’s 90,000 residents.

If you want to learn how to become a cop by meeting Police Officer requirements in Nashua, follow this guide through the step-by-step instructions:

  1. Meet all minimum employment requirements
  2. Submit an application for employment
  3. Take the written examination
  4. Take the Physical Fitness exam
  5. Complete an oral interview
  6. Complete the testing process and receive a conditional offer of employment
  7. Attend the police academy to become state certified


Step 1. Meet Employment Requirements

If you are considering becoming a police officer in Nashua you must first determine if you meet all minimum employment requirements for Nashua Police Jobs. You must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Possess a high school diploma or FED
  • 20/30 vision (correctable) with normal color and depth perception

Step 2. Submit an Application for Employment

Download, print and complete a Police Officer application from the FORMS page.

If you currently are a New Hampshire full-time certified police officer you must download the NH FULL TIME CERTIFIED ONLY application.

Step 3. Take the Written Examination

Once the Department receives your application and you meet all minimum qualifications, you will receive a letter of confirmation regarding the date/time of the next written exam. You may also review upcoming written exam dates here.

On the date of the exam you must bring a check for $15 written out to the Nashua Police Department. The written exam is a 100-question, general knowledge exam.

Step 4. Take the Physical Fitness Exam

If you pass the written exam with a score of 70 percent or higher you will proceed directly to the Physical Fitness exam portion (You can review Physical Fitness requirements here). You should therefore bring appropriate gym attire on the exam date.

Step 5. Complete an Oral Interview

If you pass the Physical Fitness exam you will be scheduled for an oral interview.

Step 6. Complete the Testing Process and Receive a Conditional Offer
of Employment

Only those candidates who pass the oral interview portion of the employment process will be scheduled to complete a background examination, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, and a medical examination.

Step 7. Attend the Police Academy to Become State Certified

All peace officers in the State of New Hampshire are required to complete 14 weeks of police academy training and achieve state certification within six months of being hired.

You will be required to attend training through the New Hampshire Police Academy and become certified through the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council.

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