Becoming a Westbrook Police Officer

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WE ARE HIRING!!!  We have immediate police officer openings for lateral candidates and new hires for the next Police Academy.

Interested in joining the Westbrook Police Department?

Good news - we are looking for people like you!

If you are ready to join a noble profession, a top-notch department, and uphold our core values of Professionalism, Accountability, Compassion, Integrity, Fairness and Courage, read on!

   Are you an Academy graduate with 5+ years of experience?  If so, you should know that we can offer you a $14,000 signing bonus!

Are you already in law enforcement and feeling like your career is stagnant?

Are you looking for new professional opportunities and challenges?

Are you interested in specialty assignments and advancement opportunities?

Is Community Policing your thing?

Then Westbrook PD is the department for you!

With current open positions, The Westbrook Police Department is seeking lateral transfer and new hire officers to fill full-time police officer positions.

Some facts about Westbrook PD:

EXCELLENT BENEFITS PACKAGE: 20-year retirement under MPERS; competitive salaries and steps; specialty, educational, military, and physical fitness stipends; generous vacation and sick leave accruals and usage; low employee contributions to health and dental care; and an 8.5-hour work schedule that provides five days off every thirteen days.

BENEFITS OF TRANSFERRING TO WESTBROOK PD: Transfer candidates will be placed on the contractual salary and vacation leave scale at the rate equal to their years of full-time law enforcement experience. Successful candidates that are academy graduates with 5 years of full-time law enforcement experience receive a $14,000.00 hiring incentive, paid out in two installments: $7,000 upon final job offer and $7,000 upon successful completion of the one-year probationary period.

CURRENT HOURLY PAY RATES (As of July 2020): From $22.22 your first year, with annual increases working up to $26.42 at five years, $27.35 at nine years, $28.27 at 12 years, $28.91 at 15 years, and $29.46 at eighteen years. --- Educational, military and specialty stipends are added to the base salary rate, increasing the hourly and overtime rate even more.

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE WESTBROOK POLICE DEPARTMENT: Career development opportunities are available through specialty assignments (drug agents, domestic violence investigator, detectives, school resource officers, canine officers, tactical team member, crisis negotiator, motorcycle patrol, bike patrol, and traffic car) and promotional opportunities.  Our training program is progressive, with many opportunities in-house and by attending classes throughout the region.  There is ample opportunity for overtime, with numerous patrol shifts, outside details, and concerts at the newly opened Maine Savings Pavilion.  Outside detail pay rate is $55 an hour, and concerts pay $65 an hour.

Our department of 43 sworn officers serves and protects a population of roughly 18,000 residents. Adjacent to the City of Portland, our officers handle a steady volume of calls for service and self-initiated activity.  Combined, officers handle nearly 35,000 calls for service annually. We are a community policing oriented department, encouraging officers to be self-motivated and active in the community, and are looking for civic minded candidates with demonstrated initiative and strong communication skills.

SELECTION PROCESS: Resume submission, interview, physical agility test, background investigation, polygraph, psychological exam, and medical exam. We are not looking for perfect candidates…we’re looking for honest candidates who are reasonably physically fit and still have a passion for public service.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

ALERT TEST: State law requires all Maine Law Enforcement officers to take and pass the Alert test.  All applicants must take and pass the Alert test, and they must submit the Alert test with their resume and cover letter.  Please note that out-of-state candidates are not required to have taken the Alert test when submitting their resume and cover letter, but as part of the hiring process they will be required to take and pass it.  To find out dates to take the test and to register, please visit the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s website at

PHYSICAL FITNESS STANDARDS: To be a police officer you must be physically fit.  Part of our hiring process is that you must take and pass the Academy’s physical fitness test before we proceed with a interview.  Please go to the Academy’s website - - to register.  The standards are below:

PFT Standards

You can take the test at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.  

Lateral candidates - your physical fitness standards will be different, as you will not need to attend the Academy.  Please contact us to learn what your standards would be.  You would not need to take a test prior to an interview, but would need to take it as part of the hiring process.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, Alert test score and physical fitness test results to:

Chief Janine L. Roberts

Westbrook Public Safety Building

570 Main St.

Westbrook, Maine 04092  

Or via e-mail at


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For a copy of our latest labor contract, to ask any questions or seek further information, please email or call Captain Sean Lally ( or 207-854-0644 extension 2406) or Captain Steven Goldberg ( or 207-854-0644 extension 2417).

The City of Westbrook is an equal opportunity employer.