Interested in Joining Our Family?


Are you ready to be the change,
and get behind the badge?

The Hartford Police Department is always looking to recruit those who want to devote themselves to making Hartford a safer place to live, work, and visit.

If you are interested in a career with HPD and would like to be kept informed of future employment opportunities, please complete the interest card to be added to our email contact list.

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Law Enforcement duties involve the protection of life and property; the prevention of crime and the apprehension of crime suspects; and perform public service duties involving non-criminal calls for service, the preservation of peace and working with the community. Works 40 hours per week on a shift rotation schedule involving weekends and holidays. Performs related work as required.


Salary and Benefits

$1,016-$1,374 per week

$52, 866 - $71,480 per year

Paid vacations

Health, dental and vision plan

Educational incentives

Retirement Plan 


Basic Requirements

AGE: Must be 21 years of age at the time of application.


WITH YOUR APPLICATION. (Acceptable proof includes: US Government or State Government issued

Certificate of Birth, Certificate of Citizenship, Naturalization Certificate, or valid US Passport).

EDUCATION: Must possess a High School Diploma from an accredited high school or GED from a state



DRIVER'S LICENSE: Must possess a valid driver's license. A COPY OF YOUR VALID DRIVER'S


PHYSICAL ABILITY TESTING: The City will administer the Physical Ability Test. Candidates must pass the Physical Ability Test using the 30% Cooper Standards, set by the Hartford Police Department, to stay in the testing process. If selected, candidates must pass using the 40% Cooper Standards to enter the Academy. A Medical Approval Form (Download PDF reader), completed by your physician, must be submitted on the date of the Physical Ability Test in order to participate in the Physical Ability Test. Non-Hartford residents must submit their C.H.I.P Card at time of application. For information on how to obtain your C.H.I.P. CARD, GO TO THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE: WWW.CERTIFYFIT.COM OR CALL (203) 235-5865.


The Process

Steps in the Process following an accepted application:

  • Written Test
  • Physical Agility Test
  • Oral Panel Examination
  • Background Investigation
    • Fingerprinting
    • Controlled Substance Screen (Drug Test)
    • Polygraph examination
    • Credit history
    • Driving record
    • Criminal history check
    • Reference checks
    • Employment history
    • Home visit
  • Medical Examination
  • Police Chief Interview
  • Acceptance Letter
  • Pre-Academy physical agility test


The Academy

Welcome to the Hartford Police Academy

By choosing this career, you have committed yourself to serving the Hartford community with honor and professionalism. Your career journey begins at the Hartford Police Academy.

The Hartford Police Academy hosts an intensive 30 week training program. The academy, located on Williams Street in the Clay Arsenal neighborhood, has a long history of training members of the Hartford Police Department since the 1960s. The instructors are made up of highly skilled officers from the Department that are POSTC certified subject matter experts.

Day one of the academy begins at 8 a.m. with orientation and meeting with the command staff, where they welcome the new recruit class and outline expectations of a Hartford Police officer. During this time, you will learn the rank structure and chain of command within the Police Academy and the Hartford Police Department.

Although structured and regimented, the academy isn't all about yelling, pushups and leg lifts. Important administrative matters must be attended to, and you'll learn about these things as well. Most days involve a mix of classroom instruction, physical conditioning and practical skills training.

Classroom training is designed to teach valuable skills and to prepare officers to conduct a wide variety of investigations and to develop a solid understanding of the law and department policies and procedures. You will spend countless hours developing report writing skills that will prepare you to properly document critical investigations.

Physical fitness is very important during the academy. You will have physical training 3-4 days a week so it is important to prepare yourself and always continue to stay in good physical condition. That is why it is important to begin preparation several weeks or months prior to the start of the academy.

Practical skills training is used to further develop future Hartford Police Officers. Ranging from accident reconstruction to active shooter scenarios, officers are forced to make decisions and take action based on real-world situations.  These practical exercises play a key role in the development of effective and competent police officers.

Additionally, recruits spend time in the community to learn about the diversity of the citizens of Hartford and its many unique neighborhoods. They meet with city stakeholders, visit area schools and volunteer at community events.

A day in the life of police recruit requires a tough skin, endurance, and discipline. Your first day at the academy, and every day after that, is designed to set you up for success and to help you realize your full potential as a police officer.