Police Officer Requirements – New Hampshire

Minimum Requirements to be a Police Officer in New Hampshire

  • High school diploma or G.E.D
  • Be hired by a state, local or county law enforcement agency in New Hampshire to attend the New Hampshire Police Academy
  • Successfully complete the training course within 6 months of your date of hire and be certified by the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council
  • Other requirements: No serious criminal or motor vehicle record, good credit history, pass a background investigation, fingerprint check, a psychological evaluation, a medical exam by a licensed health professional, and a physical fitness test. Valid driver’s license

Effective July 1, 1980, an individual shall meet the following minimum requirements to be employed as a part time police officer.

  1. Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  2. The hiring authority must have a fingerprint check made of the applicant with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  3. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
  4. The hiring authority must conduct a background investigation.