Police Officers Wanted

Have you ever considered a career in law enforcement?  If so, you may have a future with the South Portland Police Department, a progressive and professional agency located on the Southern Maine coast.  

The department is seeking motivated individuals who want to lead positive change while protecting and serving our community.  Becoming a 21st century police officer is an exciting, challenging and rewarding career opportunity.

South Portland Police Department is the 4th largest municipal department in the State of Maine. Answering approximately 36,000 calls for service per year, the department offers excellent training, as well as opportunities for specialization or career advancement, to include K-9 Officer, Detective, Task Force Investigators (MDEA / FBI Safe Streets / Computer Crimes), Evidence Technician, Community Response Officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT Operator, Crisis Negotiator, Police Diver, School Resource Officer, Polygraph Operator, and promotional advancement.

The position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including competitive wages, step and COLA increases, substantial overtime opportunities, and added financial stipends for post-secondary education, physical fitness level, EMT and Academy licensure, and collateral assignments.  Paid health insurance, vision and dental plans, paid time off, education tuition reimbursement, annual clothing allowance, and excellent retirement options that include a pension ensuring a benefit of at least 66% of final average top salary, a Deferred Compensation Plan (457(b)) and Social Security.

Eligible candidates must be at least 20 years of age at the time of application, hold a valid operator's license, be at least high school graduate or equivalent, be permitted to lawfully work in the United States, and have no disqualifying criminal convictions or conduct.  Physical Fitness, Criminal Background Check, Polygraph, Job Assessment, and other testing will be conducted.

A diverse applicant pool is being sought.  No training or experience is necessary.  Certified lateral officers will receive preference and may be compensated for prior experience.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. 


Applications must include written proof of the following:

Certified Law Enforcement Officer Applicants: **

1.  Proof of full-time law enforcement certification;

Non-Certified Law Enforcement Officer Applicants:

1.  Proof that the applicant has passed the ALERT test, as required for entrance to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP); *

2.  Proof that the applicant has passed the Physical Fitness Testing (PFT), as required for entrance into the MCJA BLETP, within the six (6) months preceding the application date; *


*    MCJA ALERT and PFT testing is offered monthly. To schedule, contact the MCJA at 207.877.8000 (www.maine.gov/dps/mcja).

**  For these purposes, a Certified Law Enforcement Officer means a person certified by the MCJA to work as a full-time police officer in Maine, OR who has graduated from an equivalent training program in this or another state, and would be eligible for waiver of basic training and certification as a full-time police officer in Maine.

For additional information, view the department's Recruitment Video, or contact Sgt. Shane Stephenson by email or by calling 207-799-5511 ext. 7224.


Crossing Guides Wanted

The department is also looking for on-call School Crossing Guides. Available hours are weekdays from 7:15AM to 8:05AM, 8:15AM to 9:00AM, 2:15PM to 2:35PM, and 3:00PM to 3:25PM. Those interested should e-mail Lt Ben Macisso or call 207-799-5511 ext. 7219.