Police Officer Requirements – Connecticut

Entry-level Requirements

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.