Become a Portland Police Officer

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.

To improve your chances of making the cut, please familiarize yourself with our hiring process and prepare yourself for the steps along the way. Take particular care to understand the physical fitness requirements - many of our candidates are eliminated from the hiring process because they are unable to meet the required standards.

All candidates must be a U.S citizen or have been granted the permanent right to work, 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. Applicants must possess a valid motor vehicle driver's license, be in good health with normal vision and hearing, 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.