Portsmouth - Entry Level Police Officer

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Department Portsmouth Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleEntry Level Police Officer
Deadline Jun 30, 2024 11:59 PM Eastern
Location Portsmouth, NH
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Portsmouth Police Department, NH Police Jobs

Portsmouth NH Police Department
Now Hiring 


ONE of the four following criteria is required for entry level candidates:

-  Associate's degree or higher

-  Military experience

-  Prior completion or current enrollment in a state police academy

-  Great Bay Police Exam or Portsmouth Police or Portsmouth Police POST Test with a total score of 70% or higher

***NOTE: Must submit application before requesting POST test if needed***

Candidates must also be 21 years of age at time of hire, pass a physical agility test, oral board, psychological exam, polygraph exam and medical physical, as well as an extensive background investigation.

The City of Portsmouth, NH is consistently rated as one of the top ten places in America to live and raise a family. The Police Department is proud of the fact that our contribution to Portsmouth’s superior quality of life and relatively low crime rate plays a significant role in this determination. The Portsmouth Police Department, much like the city itself, is a vibrant and dynamic organization. We offer qualified candidates an opportunity to join the ranks of a premier law enforcement agency that has established a 150-year history of dedicated and professional service to the community. We invite you to consider a career in law enforcement and challenge you to join the men and women of the Portsmouth Police Department in upholding the highest standards of professional excellence through service to the community and the people we serve.

The City of Portsmouth is located on New Hampshire’s Seacoast, midway between Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts. History abounds in Portsmouth and the city is rich in architectural heritage. This heritage is probably best exemplified by Strawbery Banke, a living maritime community museum, and by Portsmouth’s picturesque landscape and architecture. Portsmouth is also home to approximately 30,000 people, major industry, an international airport, and a strong economy.


  • Bike Patrol
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • FTO Program
  • Firearms Program
  • Detectives 
    Emergency Response Team
  • Honor Guard
  • Police K-9 
  • Motorcycle Patrol
  • Narcotics Unit
  • Drone Unit



  • Life Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Dental Insurance •
  • NH Retirement System
  • Annual Vacation
  • Sick Leave
  • Funeral Leave
  • Personal Days
  • Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Police Relief Association
  • In-house Fitness Room
  • Educational Assistance



Please direct questions regarding this position to evansh@portsmouthnhpd.gov

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

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