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How to Join UCPD


Recruitment


The UConn Police Department is always seeking to expand their pool of interested individuals who possess the commitment, attitude, drive and top-notch talent it takes to work in the fast-paced, diverse community that is the University of Connecticut.

UConn Police Officers perform in a vast array of roles, including:

  • Patrol
  • Detective Division
  • K-9 Officers
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Instruction
  • Community Policing
  • Capital Region Emergency Services Team (C.R.E.S.T.)
  • Motorcycle Units
  • Bike Patrol
  • Honor Guard
  • Undercover/Plainclothes
  • NCAA Division 1 Athletic Events
  • Dignitary Visits
  • Drug/Alcohol Enforcement Grants

Becoming a Police Officer for any agency takes time. In order to find the best candidates for open vacancies, applicants must first meet the following Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be at least 21 years old at time of appointment
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalency
  • Have a valid driver’s license from the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (upon hiring)
  • Have no Class A or Class B misdemeanor convictions or any act of perjury or false statement
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Meet or exceed the Cooper Institute 40% Physical Performance Standard in the four basic tests of pre-employment

Once these minimum standards are met, applicants seeking employment at the UConn Police Department will go through the following steps (in this general order):

  1. Application
  2. Written Examination
  3. Physical Assessment
  4. Oral Interview (board consisting of Police & UConn Officials)
  5. Personal History Questionnaire
  6. Polygraph Exam
  7. Psychological Evaluation
  8. Background Investigation
  9. Physical Exam & Drug Screening
  10. Interview with the Chief of Police

Please note that these steps may take weeks or months to complete as the number of applicants varies, and advancing from one phase to the next or within a phase does not necessarily mean you have passed the previous activity, evaluation or test.


To Apply for the Job of UConn Police Officer


Applicants must be P.O.S.T. Certified Police Officers in the State of Connecticut or have a current valid Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) exam score.

All positions at the University of Connecticut, including positions in the Police Department, which include Storrs, Greater Hartford, Waterbury, Torrington, Stamford and Avery Point campuses, are advertised on Husky Hire, the University’s gateway to UConn Job Opportunities at jobs.uconn.edu. To view job openings, click on Search and Apply and continue to Husky Hire. Typically protective services positions are posted for 14 days.

For more information on state class specification (job description) and minimum qualifications, go to Job Specifications Detail.

The UConn Police Department offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package that includes hazardous duty retirement and full medical and dental benefits. The UCPD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Information on Police Officer Exam (Written)

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