MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES HARTFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR HARTFORD RESIDENTS
Hartford, Conn. (March 2, 2017) – Today, Mayor Bronin announced the Hartford Police Department will begin accepting applications for Hartford residents to apply to become Police Officers. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on March 15, 2017.
“Building our police department up to appropriate staffing levels remains a priority of this administration, and I’m hopeful that Hartford residents will seize this opportunity to step up to be a part of the change in our community,” said Mayor Bronin. “We are recruiting on an ongoing basis, from within Hartford and from outside of Hartford, but this particular recruiting drive is focused on Hartford residents. We believe that increasing the number of Hartford residents on the force helps to strengthen the ties between our police officers and the community they serve.”
Mayor Bronin and Chief Rovella both stressed their commitment to continued recruiting efforts, as the department prepares for additional retirements of long-serving officers. Because the City of Hartford failed to recruit an adequate number of officers in prior years, Mayor Bronin said that he anticipates hiring multiple recruit classes each year for the next few years.
Chief Rovella said, “Our recruitment process is ongoing and with Mayor Bronin’s support, we’re going to keep searching for the best applicants to mitigate the shortfall of officers.”
Applicants must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application, and possess a high school diploma or GED, as well as a valid driver’s license. Applicants will face an examination process consisting of a physical ability test, a written test, and an oral test. To be appointed, candidates must also pass a drug test, a background investigation, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, an interview with the Chief of Police, a physical examination, and a working test/probationary period of one year after graduation from the Police Academy. All parts of the examination are designed to determine the ability of applicants to learn and perform the duties of a Police Officer in a multi-culturally diverse environment.
“Despite an aggressive timeline, I am hopeful that there will be an overwhelming response from Hartford residents.” said City Council President Thomas J. Clarke, II, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee. “I am optimistic for a record response number.”
“Given our current shortage of police officers, this is a great opportunity to support the police department in their efforts to restore staffing levels.” said Councilman James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee. “It is my hope that we receive a great response from Hartford residents seeking to make a difference their community.”
Mayor Bronin encourages all interested in applying to submit their application and required documentation online at PoliceApp.com/HartfordCT, in person, or by mail to the City of Hartford, Human Resources Department, 550 Main Street, Room 3, Hartford, CT 06103.