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    Department of Police Service

    Police Academy

    The Process:

    The New Haven Police Department will be launching a recruitment drive in the winter 2014. Informational sessions will be held at numerous locations during the Fall and Winter of 2014. Locations, dates and times to be announced. During the recruitment period applications will be available online at www.Policeapp.com

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    Our Mission Statement:

    We, the men and women of this New Haven Police Department, believe in shared responsibility with our community to create a safe and inclusive city.

    We are dedicated to providing a safe environment by targeting quality of life issues in our neighborhoods, using revitalized community-based policing strategies.

    We will carry out this mission with professionalism, fairness, and absolute integrity.


    Department of Police Service:

    The New Haven Police Department (NHPD) is a progressive, decentralized community-based police agency that takes great pride in the achievements of its sworn and civilian staff members, as well as in the department's pioneering role in developing ongoing police-community partnerships. Our focus is on solving problems in New Haven's many different neighborhoods before they escalate into senseless crime and violence. We are interested in attracting applicants who have demonstrated commitment to the community, want to help prevent crime, arrest those who violate the law, and reduce fear and disorder throughout the city.


    Ideal Applicants Will Display:

    • A history of community service.
    • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills.
    • Excellent communication skills in Spanish; familiarity with or ability to learn more than one language highly desirable.
    • Mature and innovative approaches to collaborating with citizens on neighborhood issues
    • New Haven residency.
    • Community/technical college or university background or significant work experience and/or military service
    • Computer proficiency.
    • Respect for and ability to work well with colleagues and citizens regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, age, or personal beliefs.
    • Enthusiasm for hard and rewarding work.
    • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to work under stress.

    Minimum Requirements Are:

    • Twenty-one (21) years of age at application submission date
    • Must have at least a high school diploma or GED from a state-approved program, a formal certificate of equivalency to high school graduation, although additional education and work experience are strongly preferred.
    • Must be a born or naturalized U.S. citizen.
    • No felony, Class A or B misdemeanor convictions, including convictions involving domestic violence situations.
    • Must possess a valid driver's license and have a valid Connecticut license upon graduation from the academy.
    • Residence within 20 miles of New Haven upon graduation from the academy.
    • Applicants must pass a physical agility test meeting the following requirements:

    MALES


    AGE

    1Minute   of Sit Ups

    Sit/Reach Straight

    1Minute of Push Ups

    1.5 Mile Run 40%

    20-29

    38

    16 ½ in

    29

    12.38

    30-39

    35

    15 ½ in

    24

    12:58

    40-49

    29

    14 ½ in

    18

    13:50

    50-59

    24

    13 ¼ in

    13

    15:06

    FEMALES


    AGE

    1Minute Of Sit
    Ups

    Sit/Reach
    Straight

    1Minute of Push Ups

    1.5 Mile Run 40%

    20-29

    32

    19 ¼ in

    15

    14:50

    30-39

    25

    18 ¼ in

    11

    15:43

    40-49

    20

    17 ¼ in

    9

    16:31

    50-59

    14

    16 ¾ in

    7

    18:18

     


    Compensation and Benefits:

    • Comprehensive medical coverage for each officer and his/her family.
    • Competitive starting salary.
    • Generous twenty-five (25) year retirement plan.
    • Paid life insurance policy.
    • Twelve paid holidays.
    • Paid vacation.
    • Uniforms and equipment provided.
    • University tuition reduction and competitive scholarships available.
    • Upon completion of probationary period, officers work a 5-2,  5-3 work schedule
    • Numerous specialized units including K-9, Hostage Negotiation, SWAT, Hazardous Devices Unit, and Underwater Search and Recovery Team
    • Eligibility for promotion after 3 years of service

    About The Academy:
    The New Haven Police Academy is located at 710 Sherman Parkway in New Haven. Its program and faculty are fully certified by the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council. New recruits attend the academy for approximately six months, during which time they are paid the New Haven Police Department's entry level pay for police officers.

    Proficiency in a wide variety of subject areas is required, and 80% is the minimum passing grade. The academy training includes a broad range of academic instruction and preparation for a career in police service.  Physical agility and chain of command are also taught and monitored regularly. 
    Rigorous personal and ethical standards are upheld and the ethical, emotional and suitability standards of all students are routinely monitored and evaluated by academy staff.  Report cards are issued regularly.  Upon successful completion of the academy, graduates continue the probationary process in the Department's Field Training Officer (FTO) Program for approximately 12 weeks. Probationary officers are matched with a series of experienced FTO's in a structured teaching and mentoring on-the-job evaluation program.

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