(March 7, 2016) Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Police Chief James Rovella announced that the City of Hartford is currently accepting applications to join the Hartford Police Department (HPD). The application period, which opened this month, will close Friday, May 27, 2016.

“As we work to strengthen our police force and deal with a staffing shortage, we urge Hartford residents interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement to apply,” Mayor Bronin said. “We hope to bring on a class of recruits this fall, and Recruiting Officers in the Hartford Police Department stand ready to help residents navigate the application process.”

Chief Rovella said, “This is another vital step towards staffing the Hartford Police Department to appropriate levels. But it requires community participation. We need more city residents who are already a part of this community to apply. It’s critical for Hartford residents to invest in the future of our city.”

Under supervision, Police Officers perform law enforcement duties involving the protection of life and property, the prevention of crime, and the apprehension of crime suspects in addition to performing public service duties involving non-criminal calls for service and the preservation of peace within the community.

Eligibility requirements include a high school diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license, and U.S. citizenship. Applicants must pass a pre-enrollment written exam and oral interview, agility testing, and a background investigation. 

The current recruitment period is open to new recruits, applicants who are Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) certified by the State of Connecticut, and applicants who have worked as a police officer but are not currently POST-certified who have completed at least two years of full-time employment as an officer and have not had more than three years' separation from a law enforcement unit.

Police Officer applications are accepted online at