TO WORK: Providence Police graduates 49 new officers – recruiting for next class

49 new officers graduated from the 70th Providence Police Academy and hit the streets of Providence this week. The department and city officials are calling on men and women in the community to apply for the next class. Deadline for application is February, 2022, but the sooner applications are received, the better, in terms of scheduling and screening for the Academy.

“There are very few careers where you truly have an opportunity to make an impact. This is one of them,” said Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements.

The Providence Police Department united with all citizens, is committed to improving the quality of life in our city by aggressively resolving problems, preserving the peace, protecting human rights, and apprehending criminals consistent with the law.

The Providence Police Department is now recruiting!

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The Providence Police Department is one of the oldest police departments in the United States with its origins dating back to the Revolutionary War in 1775.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age to apply.
  • Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license upon filing an application.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • An applicant cannot be on probation for a criminal offense or have been convicted at any time of a felony offense.
  • Applicant must be of good moral character and the highest personal integrity.
  • An applicant’s background and character are carefully investigated before hiring.
  • Any conviction of a crime of domestic violence, including a nolo contendere plea resulting in probation will result in immediate disqualification from consideration.
  • Any misdemeanor drug-related convictions will be carefully scrutinized.
  • If an applicant has a military background, applicant must have received a discharge under honorable conditions.


Applicants must pay the Providence Police Department application fee of $50.00 plus the Processing fee of $20.00 to apply. The Providence PD application fee ($50.00) can be waived if the applicant meets certain criteria.


Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated in the following phases:

  1. Physical Fitness Assessment.
  2. Written examination (high school level).
  3. Oral interview.
  4. Background investigation (including all information releases).
  5. Psychological evaluation.
  6. Medical examination (including drug screening).
  7. Physical fitness pre-test prior to entry into the Police Training Academy.

City Code of Ordinances §17-29 – Examinations

The Commissioner of Public Safety shall add ten (10) points to the score of a resident-candidate of the City of Providence who has passed the examination for police and fire candidates for entrance into the police or fire departments. Residency shall be determined at the time the application is filed.


Recruit: Base pay during Police Training Academy ($20.00/hr.)

Police Officer-3rd Grade: $1,157/week; $60,207/year

Police Officer-2nd Grade: $1,223/week; $63,618 (after 18 months)

Police Officer-1st Grade: $1,342/week; $69,789 (after 30 months)

  • 12 paid holidays
  • 15 sick days per year
  • Paid vacation days
  • Night-shift differential
  • $500 clothing allowance
  • Specialized assignment compensation


The Providence Police Department offers a rewarding and challenging career. There are many opportunities for promotion and assignment to specialized units which include:

  • Bureau of Criminal Investigation
  • Community Relations Bureau
  • Intelligence and Organized Crime Bureau
  • K-9 Unit
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Mounted Command
  • Narcotics Bureau
  • Patrol Bureau
  • School Resource Officer
  • Special Victims Unit
  • Special Response Unit
  • Traffic Bureau
  • Weapons Bureau

Please direct questions regarding this position to

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant’s responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

Applicants are responsible for checking their email and logging into their PoliceApp, PublicSafetyApp, FireFighterApp or EmployementApp account to monitor for emails, scheduling and process updates.

Application form – here:

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