Police Officer Requirements – Connecticut
To qualify for a police officer certification in Connecticut, an applicant must meet all relevant entry level requirements, some of which are that the candidate:
- be a citizen of the United States;
- be at least 21 years of age
- be a high school graduate or have passed the General Educational Development Test; possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license
- have passed a validated written entry test
- have been tested by an oral interview panel with at least one CT POST Council certified police officer on the panel
- have been fingerprinted and a search made of fingerprint files for any record
- not have been convicted by a court of any felony, any class A or class B misdemeanor or have committed any act which would constitute perjury or false statement
- have been the subject of a background investigation; have been the subject of a polygraph examination (by POST Council approved polygraph examiners only)
- have been subject of a psychological examination; have not tested positive on a controlled drug screen
- have been examined and certified by a Council accepted method as fit to perform the duties of a probationary candidate police officer (or a lateral transfer of a certified officer)
- have met all physical fitness requirements; have personally certified knowledge that any falsification of any statement in the application process constitutes grounds for termination.
Basic Training Requirements
Once a person meets the entry level requirements and is appointed, they must successfully complete the curriculum approved by the POST Council along with an appropriate field training requirement.