Entry Level Police Officer

Pawtucket, RI
Pawtucket Police Department

Salary range:

  • Year 1 $55,095.04
  • Year 2 $58,215.04
  • Year 3 $70,288.92

Position Summary:

Assigned duties include but are not limited to, patrol operations, traffic enforcement, community policing, basic criminal investigations and community caretaking. Police officers are assigned patrol areas within the community and interact with citizens on both dispatched and self-initiated service calls. Police officers are first responders for incidents and emergencies and are required to exercise independent judgement in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, probable cause to search and arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree. Police officers will prepare investigative reports and provide testimony in court and other official settings.

Required skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform this job are a working knowledge of controlling laws, ordinances, and regulations; the ability to understand the necessity for strict discipline required in a police department; the ability to read, write and speak the English language; must possess good social and general intelligence; must possess good physical condition, strength, and agility; the ability to operate a motor vehicle; and possess skill in the care and use of departmental firearms.


  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma (GED);
  • Age 18 or older, no more than 42 years of age;
  • U.S. Citizen;
  • A valid driver’s license;
  • Thirty (30) completed college credits from an accredited college-OR-(1) year active military service in lieu of college credits.