Law Enforcement Careers in Rhode Island

Although small in size, Rhode Island is the second most densely populated state in the US.  This provides opportunities for those who seek law enforcement jobs in Rhode Island.  Potential jobs can be found as State Police Troopers, county Deputy Sheriffs, or municipal Police Officers in Pennsylvania.

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Jobs with the Rhode Island State Police

The Rhode Island State Police Force was established in 1925.  It has a tradition of excellence and was awarded “Accreditation with Excellence” by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2011.

In addition to improving the safety of drivers on the more than 5000 miles of roads in the state, the Rhode Island State Police Force is involved in an array of crime-fighting activities.  In addition to its Major Crimes/Organized Crimes Unit, it has specialized Units for Financial Crime and Computer Crimes.

Part of the challenge of being a state Trooper in Rhode Island is fighting the importation of drugs into the state.  Route 95 is a major smuggling route for drugs on the Eastern part of the US and links Rhode Island with New York City and Boston.  In one operation alone, $4.5 million worth of heroin was seized in Rhode Island in November 2012.

Those wish to obtain jobs as State Troopers in Rhode Island must be 18-35 years old and be either a high school graduate or have earned a GED.  Applicants must pass a written examination and a physical fitness test in order to be considered for enrollment into the 22 week long recruit training program.  Read more information on how to become a Rhode Island State Patrol Officer.

Jobs with Sheriff’s Departments in Rhode Island

Rhode Island residents who wish to obtain jobs as Sheriff’s Deputies must be accepted into the Rhode Island Sheriffs Academy.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, or GED, and have one additional requirement such as having an associate degree, two years of active or four years of reserve duty, or having been employed for two or more years at a full-time job maintaining law and order.  Successful applicants will undergo 30 days of training.  Read more information on how to become a Sheriff’s Deputy in Rhode Island.

Jobs with Municipal Police Departments in Rhode Island

Residents of the state who wish to obtain jobs as Police Officers in Rhode Island have a number of options with municipal police departments throughout the state.

Cranston:  Cranston has a relatively low crime rate for a city of its size.  Police Officers of the Cranston Police Department practice Community Policing to help keep its citizens safe.  Those who seek jobs as Police Officers in Cranston will undergo both written and physical agility testing.

Pawtucket:  The rate for both property and violent crimes is higher than average in Pawtucket.  To combat this, the Pawtucket Police Department works with the community to help prevent crime.  Those who seek jobs as Police Officers in Pawtucket must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma.  They must have either 30 college credits or a year of active military service.  Applicants will have to pass physical fitness and written exams.

Providence:  The second largest populated area in New England, Providence has a high rate of crime.  To combat this, Providence has the services of one of the oldest police departments in the country.  Those who wish to find jobs as Police Officers in Providence must be at least 21 years old when they graduate from the Training Academy.  Applicants must also have a high school diploma or a GED.  To be considered for training as a Police Officer in Providence, applicants must pass written, physical, and medical examinations, along with a background check and a psychological evaluation.

Warwick:  The crime rate in Warwick is relatively low for the city’s size.  One of the reasons for this is the high level of community involvement of the roughly 163 members of the Warwick Police Department.  Applicants who wish to find jobs as Police Officers in Warwick must take written and physical exams.  Those who make it through the screening process will be placed on a hiring list and become eligible for positions as they become available.

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