Police Officer

Rochester, NH
Rochester Police Department

Salary: $58,593.60 to $77,946.69.

Position Summary:

Works under the general supervision of a Patrol Supervisor, or his/her designee who makes general assignments as to area to be covered, specific cases to be investigated, etc. Duties are performed independently and Officer must exercise independent judgement in meeting emergencies and determining lawful and appropriate courses of action.

Essential Functions:

1. Patrols in an assigned area of the City in a police vehicle or on foot, checks overall security of vacant homes and buildings, periodically checks business establishments and public places for violations of the law and takes appropriate enforcement action; confronts suspicious persons and situations and determines appropriate action.
2. Negotiates settlements between emotionally upset and often irrational persons involved in domestic disputes, drunkenness, burglaries, larcenies, vandalism, assaults, etc.
3. Receives dispatch orders and responds to calls for service, emergency situations and serious crimes; takes charge of crime scenes until relieved by higher authority; exercises knowledge of State Laws,
Federal Laws, Supreme Court decisions, and City Ordinances in determining legal justification for arrest, search and seizure, protective custody, etc.
4. Directs activities at accidents and disaster areas and restoring traffic to normal; investigates traffic accidents. Periodically directs traffic to assure steady flow, stops motor vehicles; confronts drivers and issues summonses, or warnings for violations; makes physical arrests when laws have been violated.
5. Assists in the investigation of crimes and/or suspected criminal acts to identify, locate, apprehend and prepare prosecution of persons charged with committing crimes, examines crime scenes to collect evidence; interviews and interrogates witnesses and suspected offenders; determines the extent of criminal activity and need for further police assistance.
6. Works with other law enforcement personnel to facilitate the flow of information about criminal activity and the cooperative enforcement of City, State and Federal laws.
7. Completes and submits all required reports and records in conformance with Department Standard
Operating Procedures, Policies and regulations and statutory requirements; conducts follow-up investigations on unsolved crimes.
8. Assists general public in rendering assistance and/or direction; may give safety and crime prevention talks to children and civic groups.
9. Testifies in Courts as required in traffic and criminal cases and gives sworn evidence at any official
Board, Department, Committee, etc.
10. Performs other related duties as required.


  • Be a US citizen.
  • Be 20 years of age or older at the time of application.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Must meet all established requirements for certified Police Officer as described in RSA 105-A and the
    NH Police Standards and Training Council Rules.
  • Satisfactorily complete the Rochester Police Department recruit training program.
  • Must meet Rochester Police Department and State of NH requirements for qualification with
    Department issued weapons.
  • Meet other such requirements as determined by the Police Commission and the Chief of Police and the
    Patrol Bureau Services Commander.