Police Officer

Meriden Police Department - Meriden, Connecticut

Nov 24, 2021

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Application Deadline:
Oct 15, 2022

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$56,243.20 annual
Academy Graduate:
$$58,926.40 annual
Lateral Transfer:
$$78,020.80 annual
Top Pay:
$$91,520.00 annual

Job Description

++New Officers:++

Starting: $56,243.20

6 months: $58,926.40

1.5 years:  $81,556.80

2.5 years:  $87,505.60

3.5 years:  $91,520.00

++Certified Officers:++

Starting: $78,020.80

2.5 years:  $87,505.60

3.5 years:  $91,520.00

++Education Incentive:++

After 3 ½ years of service if you have a degree, we’ll pay you:

Associates degree= $6 per week

Bachelor’s degree= $25 per week

Masters degree= $35 per week

++Work Schedule++

Patrol Officers work 4 eight hour days, followed by 2 days off. That’s 17 fewer days per year than a Monday through Friday schedule!

Shifts include:

Midnights (11PM-7AM) 6% Premium Pay

Days (7AM-3PM)

Evenings (3PM-11PM) 7% Premium Pay

Shift availability is based on seniority.

Special assignments/Detective Division work a  Monday-Friday schedule


++Paid Holidays or additional days off:++

11 holidays for which you can receive Holiday pay; or receive a day off to use another day.

++Personal Days:++

2 Personal days per calendar year.

++Vacation time:++

01-05 years service = 2 weeks vacation

05-10 years service = 3 weeks vacation

10-20 years service = 4 weeks vacation

20 or more years   = 5 weeks vacation

++Sick Time:++

15 sick days per year

124 person Department with special assignments and availability for growth

++Compensatory Time:++

If you don’t want overtime pay, you can hold on to up to 8 days off in lieu of pay.

++Earned Days:++

Don’t call out sick for 6 months, we’ll give you a day off!


++Health:++ Health Savings Account Plan

++Dental:++ CIGNA Dental PPO – Radius

++Life Insurance:++ 1 times annual salary

++Vision / Hearing Expenses++

++Tuition reimbursement:++

$1,400/year for undergraduate courses $2,000/year for graduate courses

Retirement: 50% base pay pension after 25 years service, PLUS city match 3% 401 plan

++Minimum Requirements++

•21 years of age at time of hire

•United States Citizen

•Valid driver’s license

•Valid CHIP card at 50% level

++Selection Process++

For more information please visit: https://www.policeapp.com

Meriden is a small city where Police Officers are challenged to be real cops but also work with the community and neighborhood groups to find modern solutions to modern day problems to make Meriden safer for people to live and raise a family. 

Career Opportunities

•Honor Guard

•School Resource Officer


•Bicycle Patrol Officer

•Field Training Officer

•Accident Reconstruction

•Canine handler

•DEA Task Force

•Statewide Narcotics

•Postal Task Force

•Crime Suppression Unit

•Neighborhood Initiative Unit (Community Policing Division)

•Drone Operations

•Full Detective Bureau including: Major Crimes, Sex Crimes/Youth Division, Fraud, Narcotics, Human Trafficking, Evidence/Identification

Position Objectives: Under general supervision, responsible for the enforcement of laws and ordinances; maintains order and protects life and property; prevents and investigates crimes and makes arrests.

Reporting Relationships: Reports to: Sergeants and Lieutenants Supervises: None

Job Location and Equipment List: Majority of work is performed outdoors in all types of weather. Office work, such as preparing reports, processing arrests, etc., is performed at police headquarters. Position involves extensive driving of a marked police vehicle. Position includes use of phones, computers, firearms, less-lethal weapons, restraints, protective vests and equipment, batons, chemical munitions, laser equipment, and other law enforcement related tools.

Essential Functions: Patrols an area on foot or in a vehicle in order to prevent and detect violations of laws and ordinances; protects life and property; addresses quality of life issues as they relate to the community and helps safeguard against hazards to public safety; enforces traffic and parking laws; answers radio dispatched complaints and incidents involving domestic disputes, fires, thefts, drunkenness, altercations, traffic collisions, and a variety of misdemeanors and felonies ;participates in booking arrested persons; searches for and collects evidence; prepares police reports, arrest and search warrants and a variety of other related paperwork; seeks and develops sources of information and ascertains information necessary for the arrest of persons alleged to have committed an offense; investigates missing person reports; issues traffic citations for violations; attends training assignments; assists other emergency service and city agencies.

  1. Essential Abilities Must possess the ability to read and interpret documents, laws and procedure; must possess the ability to write clear and accurate reports and correspondence; must possess the ability to communicate and convey directions and commands to persons and to speak effectively before groups of citizens and individuals; reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions; Must possess the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardizations exists; ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in oral, written, diagram, or schedule format; must possess the ability to receive and maintain certification as a police officer through the Connecticut Police Officers Standards and Training Academy; must possess and maintain a valid Connecticut operator's license. Essential Physical Abilities While performing the duties of this profession, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear; the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands and fingers, handle, feel, and move objects. The employee must use tools or controls; reach out with arms and hands; the employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. . Position requires specific agility such as being able to run, lift, pull, carry an object or person, and defend self and others physically. The employee must have the ability to learn the use and care of firearms, and periodically demonstrate proficiency of use. Must possess keen observation skills and have the ability to remember names, faces, and details of incidents. Desirable Knowledge, Abilities and Skills: Employee must be 21 years of age and a U.S.citizen at the time of appointment. A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is required. Associates or Bachelors degree preferred, along with supplemental course study in law enforcement.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Experience: None needed

•21 years of age at time of hire

•United States Citizen

•Valid driver’s license

•Valid CHIP card at 50% level (Cooper test)

Contact Information

Cary Maikranz

Meriden Police Department
142 East Main Street
Meriden, Connecticut 06451
phone: 203-537-1237

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