Important Information for Police Officer Candidates
The Portland Police Department’s hiring process is covered by a Civil Service Ordinance which is administered by the Civil Service Commission. The Commission is an independent board of local residents appointed to oversee the hiring process. The Department will be using the newest testing instrument from IO Solutions starting in 2011. The new test will omit outdated mathematical questions and instead test for integrity of the candidate.
All candidates for police officer must be a U.S. citizen, 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.
The entry-level exam consists of multiple-choice questions pertaining to police and general knowledge. Our on line testing company, IO Solutions, has practice tests on their website (testing/discount information)which will help you in preparation for the test. Need more practice? For a $5.00 discount on additional study materials.
Codes for Portland Police candidates - November 3th 2012
NCJOSI^2 Study Guide – PORTLAND12
NCJOSI^2 Practice Exam – PORT12
Other sites which may be helpful are: http://www.testprepreview.com/sat_practice.htm
Remember, the more you take practice tests the higher your score will be! Many candidates are not good test takers, but with practice may easily overcome this hurdle!
The results of the written exam will be immediate. Next, you will be contacted to schedule your interview and physical fitness test. A link for details to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy fitness testing is: www.state.me.us/dps/mcja/forms.
Upon successful completion of the interview, a background investigation will be conducted.
The Chief reviews results and selects candidates. A job offer of employment is made to the candidate that is conditional on the successful completion of a polygraph, job suitability assessment and medical examination.
Once selected, new officers attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for an eighteen (18)-week basic police training.
Download and submit your application now for the next test date on:
This Department utilizes a thorough and extensive hiring process that is aimed at identifying and hiring the best candidates to serve as Police Officers in our City. The process is highly competitive. The following outline explains that process and gives some insight into preparation for it.
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Salary reflects BASE pay only; does not include any overtime, court time, education or night shift add-on’s.
Employees accrue sick (12 days) and vacation time throughout the year. Employees start with two weeks of vacation time in the first year and may accrue as much as five weeks, dependent on years of service. Officers may also accrue comp time, as well as overtime, to increase pay and/or time off. There are 12 holidays offered, and the option is available to cash these out or use as discretionary leave. Two personal days are also allotted.
All full-time permanent employees and their dependents may participate in the city’s health insurance plan. Coverage is included for domestic partners upon completion of proper documentation.
For a single plan, the coverage is free, and weekly rates for dependents are $82.82 per week for a family plan and $48.71 per week for the two-adult plan. The health plan is administered by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and is effective on the first day of the month following your start date.
Dental insurance is available for purchase by employees, domestic partners and dependents. Dental care benefits are paid through Patriot Mutual Insurance, and current rates are available through Human Resources at 874-8588.
Health and dependent care flex spending is available to new employees and during open enrollment at the end of each year.
Life insurance coverage is available at no cost to police officers. Higher levels and dependent insurance are available for a fee. Rates are based on salary and available through Human Resources.
Police officers are enrolled in their choice of two pension plans. The Maine State Retirement System offers a 25-year/no-age benefit into which the city contributes (7.5%) and the employee contributes (6.5%). The city also offers a 401-A plan administered by ICMA into which the same contributions are made. Both plans have long-term disability included. The Portland Police Department does not participate in social security.
An employee may purchase short-term disability at three levels of income protection. In the event of an accident or illness that is not work related, benefits are paid out at the level purchased: 40%, 55% or 70% of employee’s salary. Cost is $1.90 per $100 coverage.