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Why Portland PD?


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The Portland Police Department utilizes a thorough and extensive hiring process aimed at selecting the best candidates to serve as police officers in our city. The process is highly competitive and our standards are high, but a career with the Portland PD can be an exciting, rewarding experience for those who meet the challenge.

Requirements for Candidates:

  • Must be a U.S citizen or have been granted the permanent right to work
  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have either two years of post high school employment or three years of post high school education or a combination of education and employment totaling three years. 
  • Must possess a valid motor vehicle driver's license and meet all requirements of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. 

The Portland Police Department’s hiring process is covered by a Civil Service Ordinance which is administered by the Civil Service Commission.