The Waterbury Police Department is hiring Certified Police Officers!


Stay tuned for upcoming Entry Level Police Officer job announcements!


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A Career In Law Enforcement Starts Here

The Waterbury Police Department is seeking qualified and dedicated individuals to join our ranks. The WPD provides officers a rewarding career path to those seeking to work in a department which provides innovative law enforcement technology, training, opportunities to serve in specialized assignment positions (Mounted Unit,  K-9, SWAT Team, School Resource Officers, Hostage Negotiation Team, etc.) and advance through the ranks into leadership positions.

Compensation & Benefits

The position of a Police Officer in the City of Waterbury pays a salary range of $75,629.32 to $85,167.60 per year (Top pay increases to $95, 793.11 at end of current bargaining agreement on  7-1-25). Additional fringe benefit package is includes: 

  • Health Insurance Plans

  • Dental Plans

  • Retirement Pension

  • 457 Retirement Plan

  • Paid Vacation, Holiday, Sick Leave

Minimum Requirements

At a minimum, all candidates must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Also, all candidates must be a U.S. Citizen, have a driver's license, and must not have been convicted of a felony criminal charge.  Candidates can be less than 21 years old to apply, but will not be eligible for appointment until their 21st birthday.  Applicants will be required to pass a physical fitness test as part of the hiring process but do not need to pass a physical fitness test to apply.


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Waterbury Police Academy

The Waterbury Police Department began its own (POSTC) Satellite Police Academy in 2005.  Since then, the Waterbury Police Academy has graduated over 300 police officers for the Waterbury Police Department and other police agencies throughout the State of Connecticut.

Waterbury's Police Academy is 31 weeks long and combines over 1000 hours of physical, academic and practical training, using current Waterbury Police Officers, officers from other police agencies and civilian instructors to teach police recruits.  After the Police Academy graduation, the new officers are assigned a Field Training Officer (FTO) for an additional 400 hours in a Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP).  There officers are evaluated as they put their newly acquired knowledge and skills to use in real situations. 

Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC) Standards

The City of Waterbury provides basic training of police officers at Waterbury's own Training Division, which houses the Training Academy.  POSTC has enacted several standards as requirements for entrance into the Academy.  

In conjunction with these POSTC Standards, the City of Waterbury Police Department and the Department of Human Resources conduct a background investigation and assessment of candidates for the position of police officer using the testing methods below.  Candidates must successfully complete each component of the process to be eligible for appointment as a police officer.


Download Police Officer Physical Performance Testing Assessment

Police Testing Methods

Written Exam

Physical Agility

Oral Exam

Background/Polygraph Test

Psychological Exam

Medical Exam

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The City of Waterbury Police Department is an equal opportunity employer. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. You can check the City's online area for application and testing announcements under the City of Waterbury Job Openings page.


Additional Questions?

Questions or requests for information can be directed to:

Department of Human Resources 

Telephone: (203)-574-6761

236 Grand St. 

Waterbury, CT 06702 

 Looking for more information?

Contact the Waterbury Police Department with any inquiries, requests for service, information on a crime or to report suspicious activity.