Portland Police Department | 109 Middle Street | Portland, Maine 04101 | (207) 874-8479


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careers at the ppd

The Portland Police Department is currently hiring for the following positions:
Police Officer and Telecommunicator.

Entry Level Portland Police Officer Written Exam at Portland PD, 109 Middle Street:

Saturday April 26th at 9 AM

PT Testing at Portland PD ( Free for PPD candidates) :

Saturday April 26th  at 11:00 AM

The Portland Police Department will be participating in a number of career fairs. Please stop by and visit us if we’re in your area.

• 4/23/14 Salem State Univ. Criminal Justice Academy, Salem, MA 11:00-1:00
•  4/24/14 So. ME Comm. College So. Portland, ME 11:00-2:00

Chief Michael Sauschuck at the May 2013 police academy graduation with new PPD officers Lamperti, Jaynes, Gowen, Richards and Brake.

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Current Testing Information

Employment Background Booklet

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Police Officer Hiring Process Information

Police Internships

Our department is a premiere New England agency. Portland’s unique location offers the opportunity to work in an urban policing environment with the option of more rural living. We are the sweet spot located between metropolitan Boston and the wilderness of Baxter State Park, right on Casco Bay. Like all police departments, our hiring process is rigorous, but we do our best to make it as user-friendly and expeditious as possible. The difference here is that we do everything possible to keep applicants informed about their progress and what is needed to succeed in the hiring process for the Portland Police Department.

We know how important it is for the department to represent and reflect the community we serve. Not only do we embrace the spirit of diversity, but we actively recruit those traditionally under-represented in law enforcement. For example, female officers make up 16% of our patrol force -- a number well above the national average. Women work in a variety of functions at the department, including Lieutenant, Sergeant, Detective, K9 Officer and Hostage Negotiator.

The Portland Police Department is also proud of its employees who serve! Forty-eight members of our sworn staff - almost a third - have served in the military. Chief Sauschuck himself was a member of the US Marine Corps. In January of 2012, Chief Sauschuck, having been nominated by two of his officers, was presented with the Patriotic Employer Award by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. This award is presented to employers that support members of the military that serve overseas, as well as their families at home. We have worked hard to establish guidelines for best practices in the support and accommodation of our employees who deploy.

We look forward to meeting you and learning about the unique background or skills you may offer. Our aim is to hire only the best candidates and be truly representative of the many communities that make up the City of Portland – you could be a part of this great department, so apply today!

Start the process now by downloading an application packet. You will need to submit a completed application, a cover letter, and a resume.

For more information, check out our page on the hiring process or call Clarkson Woodward at 207-874-8588

Why should you apply?

The Portland Police Department offers a wide range of employment and career opportunities. The Department consistently seeks qualified individuals to serve not only as police officers but in many essential roles including:

All of our positions are advertised on the City of Portland jobs postings which you can link to here

With more than 200 employees, a wide range of services are offered by the Department. Many of the positions within the Department deal with direct services to the community while others act to support the ongoing work of law enforcement in Portland.

If you have questions about a career with us, we encourage you to contact the Department at 874-8588 or the City of Portland at 874-8624.