Wanted: More Stamford police officers
STAMFORD — Wanted: Hard-working people with high energy levels.
Those are some of the characteristics the Stamford Police Department is looking for when considering candidates to fill up to 25 positions over the next two years.
“We are just looking for people who want to be energetic, who are good people and hard workers,” Sgt. Kelly Connelly said. “It is a fast-paced job that changes at the drop of a hat. It is a unique job that is different day to day. It is exciting and rewarding and good for those who want to meet and help people.”
Connelly is working with Capt. William Mullin, a 45-year veteran, to recruit new officers. Mullin, who leads the department’s training division, said 90 candidates have applied for jobs, while 10 others are looking to transfer from other towns.
Mullin said he was hoping to attract at least 600 applicants for the jobs.
“The more we have, the better it is for us,” Mullin said.
Mullin said the department, which has 282 officers, has five openings and expects to have 20 more in the next couple of years due to retirements. The starting annual salary for a Stamford police officer is $62,295.
Candidates are required to pass a physical ability test and submit an application by Dec. 21. Candidates must have no felony convictions or convictions for serious misdemeanors. Stamford residents and military veterans are given preference and candidates must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and be at least 21 years old.
Connelly said there are numerous opportunities in the department, including in the Youth Bureau, Narcotics and Organized Crime, Marine Unit, Crime Scene Unit, Motorcycle Unit, K-9 Unit, Bomb Squad, financial crimes and crimes against property.
”Anyone who wants a fulfilling and rewarding career and to get out into the community and be a part of it, this job is for you,” Connelly said.
For more information, visit www.policeapp.com