Police Officer Requirements - Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy


Must be at least 21 years of age as of the last date of the Official Application Period announcement

Must be a High School graduate or possess a General Education Diploma (GED)

Applicant claiming Veterans preference must present proof of entrance and separation dates (form DD-214) * with the application.


Must possess a valid driver’s license (a valid Rhode Island license must be presented at the time of appointment as a Police Officer Trainee)

Undergo the following:

Physical Agility Examination

Written Examination

Medical examination (including drug screening)

Psychological Exam by certified Psychologist

Oral Board Interviews

An extensive background investigation

Other examinations may include: a swim test, drug screen, physical and psychological examinations.


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Rhode Island State Police

General Requirements

         An applicant must be a citizen of the United States.

         An applicant must possess a valid operator's (driver's) license.

         An applicant must have reached the age of eighteen (18) years in order to be admitted as a candidate to the state police training school. The maximum age of admission to the Training Academy is age thirty-five (35).

         An applicant must be a high school graduate, or have obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) issued by a State Department of Education

         There are no maximum or minimum height requirements.

         An applicant's weight must be in proportion to his/her height.

         An applicant must possess visual acuity of 20/40 (binocular vision) or better without correction, and visual acuity of 20/20 or better with corrective lenses (glasses or contact lenses).

         An applicant must possess normal color and depth perception as determined by a Division physician.

         An applicant must possess normal hearing ability, as determined by a Division physician.

         An applicant is precluded from having any tattoos or other body art which is visible while in Division uniform or on duty if not in uniform.



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