Police Officer

  • Full-time
  • Portland, ME
  • June 25, 2023

EMPLOYER: Portland Police Department



POLICE OFFICER – Portland Police Department

Portland is currently hiring police officers to attend the August 2023 Police Academy. We are also accepting lateral officer applications on a continuing basis.  We’re looking to build a police force that best reflects the community we serve. For more information, please visit portland-police.com.

Starting annual salary for new officers is approximately $54,000.


The Portland Police Department welcomes full-time certified law enforcement officers from Maine and beyond. We offer salaries commensurate with years of police service, and our hiring process is expeditious and accommodating. The entire lateral hiring process may be completed in as little as two trips to Portland. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to our Police Personnel, at (207) 874-8596. You do not need to complete this City of Portland application.


Please complete this application and attach your resume and cover letter. Resumes are used as part of the screening process so candidates are advised to submit a solid, professional resume. After submitting your application, visit portland-police.com to see available written and physical fitness test dates and sign up for one.


With an authorized strength of 158 sworn officers and 59 civilian staff members, the Portland Police Department is the largest municipal law enforcement agency in Maine. The department offers many paths for career advancement in both leadership opportunities and specialized training.

In addition to patrol services, specialty teams include:

  • Full service Criminal Investigations Division (one of only three agencies in Maine that investigates their own homicides)
  • Community Policing Unit
  • Hazardous Devices Unit (one of only three agencies in Maine with HDU)
  • Hazardous Materials Team
  • Dive Team
  • Crisis Negotiators Special Reaction Team
  • K9 Unit, both Patrol and TSA EOD
  • Field Force Team
  • Defensive Tactics Team
  • MDEA & FBI Safe Streets Task Force

Portland PD has a nationally recognized Behavioral Health Co-Responder Program, which recently expanded with additional positions.  The Department provides full-time law enforcement services to Peaks Island and the Portland International Jetport.

Accepting applications until all vacancies are filled.

REQUIRED – A City of Portland On-line Application is required to be submitted to View Details & Apply. Please click the link below to Apply (or copy this URL to your browser):


City Benefits

Permanent employees receive a generous benefits package that includes paid holidays; employee health insurance; sick and vacation leave; optional life, dental, vision and income protection insurances; choice of retirement plans; and tuition reduction program with the University of Southern Maine and Thomas College.

The City of Portland is strongly committed to diversity in its workforce.

Women, Minorities and candidates with bi-lingual capabilities are also encouraged to apply.

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

***COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate*** For the safety of our employees and our constituents, the City of Portland requires that new employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start of employment. Candidates may request an accommodation for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs at the conditional offer stage.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $54,000.00 per year


401(a) matching
Dental insurance
Employee assistance program
Flexible spending account
Health insurance
Life insurance
Choice between MePERS 3C or 401(a)
Paid time off
Professional development assistance
Retirement plan
Tuition reimbursement
Vision insurance

10-hour shift
Work Location: One location




You must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have either two years of post-high school employment or three years of post-high school education or a combination of education and employment totaling three years. You’ll need a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and good mental and physical condition.

How to Apply:

Contact: Kathryn Morin
Phone: (207) 874-8588