So, you think you’re interested in joining the Waterville Police team? Before proceeding further, take a moment to review the job description – it contains minimum qualifications for being hired. You can find it HERE.

You’ve also got to meet the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Entrance Standards. You can read about them at

You may obtain a copy of the police department's employment application HERE.

Wage and benefit information can be found HERE.

When we accept applications from folks just like you, we also need to see the following:

  • That you’ve taken – and passed – the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s Physical Fitness Test within the past year.
  • That you’ve taken – and passed – the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s ALERT test.
  • That you’ve completed the MCJA Pre-Service Training Program (Phase 1 and Phase 2), or the Academy’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. You can find more information about the Academy’s Physical Fitness Test, ALERT test, Pre-Service Training Program and Basic Law Enforcement Training Program at

Although these are the bare minimum qualifications, you’ll find that in order to be competitive in our hiring process, you’ll need one or more of the following:

  • An Associate’s Degree (or higher)
  • 2 years of full-time law enforcement experience (or more)
  • 2 years of active duty military experience (or more)

Some folks think that employment with the Waterville Police Department is similar to joining the military, where if you meet the minimum qualifications you can “sign up.” We even get people who contact us occasionally to ask about “joining up” with the Police Department. In fact, our hiring process is a competitive one, where candidates who meet the qualifications are invited to test and interview with us.


…and that’s just the beginning! After we review our applications and conduct our testing and interviews, the Police Chief will make a conditional job offer to the individual he or she feels will make the best addition to our team. Then, the real fun begins. We’ll then send our job candidates to complete the following steps:

  • Medical Exam: You’ll visit a medical professional who will perform an array of testing to ensure that you are physically able to perform the job, to withstand the rigor of the Academy training, and to check for drug use or other conditions which could be disqualifiers.
  • Psychological Exam: We’ll schedule an appointment for you to meet with a psychologist who will report back to us on any underlying mental health issues which could prevent you from performing in a fast-paced, high-stress environment.
  • Background Investigation: One of our Detectives will be assigned to construct a 360 degree picture of your life, so we’ll know whether you have a history of making good decisions, applying yourself, being accepting of supervision and more.
  • Polygraph Test: We are going to invest a substantial amount of resources to equip and train you. The City is going to bestow upon you a tremendous amount of authority and responsibility to enforce laws and make arrests. Prior to doing that, however, we are required by law to administer a polygraph test to ensure that we are being told the truth about your history. Prior drug use, other crimes, fish and game violations, deviant sexual activity and other topics are covered in the polygraph test.

Does that sound like a lot? It may be, but those steps are all required by law and they help us to be sure that the individual who becomes a member of our family – perhaps for 25 years or more – is a great fit.