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Minimum qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age and a U.S. Citizen
  • At a minimum, must possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Current, valid driver’s license in accordance with New Hampshire statutes
  • Must never have been convicted of a felony
  • Candidates will be required to obtain police officer certification within the time frame established by the NHPST
  • Must pass a written exam, physical fitness tests and oral board
  • Must pass a medical exam. Requirements for Vision and hearing
  • Must successfully pass a background check and a polygraph exam


The City of Manchester has a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, which is highlighted by low monthly premiums for single and family insurance (20% employee paid per month in 2023). Police Officers begin accruing 80 hours of vacation their first year of employment.

becoming a police officer

The Manchester Police Department consists of 250 highly trained and skilled officers who have a long tradition of providing high-quality service to the community. The police department will always strive to serve the citizens with professionalism and maintain strong academic, business, and community relationships, as they are the bedrock of our success. As a Manchester Police officer, there are several opportunities for career advancement, which include:
  • Patrol
  • K-9 Unit
  • Detective Unit
  • Special Victims Unit
  • Special Investigations Unit
  • Street Crime Unit
  • Anti-Crime Unit
  • SWAT
  • Training Unit
  • Sexual Offender Compliance Unit
  • Community Policing
  • Traffic Unit
  • Motor Unit
  • Mounted Unit
  • Drone Unit

The Manchester Police Department has a remarkable employee wellness program to promote health and wellness through departmental collaboration. This group encourages police department personnel and their family members to strengthen their health and wellbeing through educational opportunities, wellness activities, and self-improvement guidelines. Our robust mental health and wellness program can provide vetted culturally competent referrals to assist our employees with issues ranging from financial support, family support, legal support, chaplain services, peer lead badge meeting, individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, as well as intensive outpatient and inpatient counseling. Our strong emphasis on officer wellness is seen in the following initiatives:

  • New hire and annual in-services training with a focus on physical & emotional health
  • Avoiding burnout and compassion fatigue and financial wellness
  • Individual peer support and group support through Critical Incident Stress Debriefs (CISD)
  • Military deployment support
  • Retreat for first responder
  • Comfort dog deployments
  • Police chaplain and family association
  • Fitness Center

A police officer must be certified or certifiable by the NH Police Standards and Training Council and responsible for the prevention, detection, or prosecution of crimes and the enforcement of the laws of the state and of its political subdivisions and has full general arrest powers pursuant to NH Statute Title VII, Ch. 106-L, Sec. 106-L:2, IV a, b, c, and 1.

All certified police officers, as a condition of continued certification and employment every 3 years, pass a physical fitness performance test administered by the hiring authority or the council, according to protocols adopted by the council pursuant to NH Statute Title VII, Ch. 106-L, Sec. 106-L:6, IX; Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid driver’s license; Must never have been convicted of a felony.


The general duty of police work is the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. As a police officer, you will be required to perform general and preventive patrol and investigative duties, enforce all applicable laws, maintain peace and order, and perform directly related work as required. Work normally consists of patrol preliminary investigation, traffic regulation, criminal investigations, and investigation duties in a designated area on an assigned shift, which may be performed in a cruiser, on foot, or on bicycle patrol. A police officer maintains a highly visible presence within the community for the purpose of deterring crime as much as possible, maintaining good community relations, and providing an identifiable source for citizens to go to for assistance, guidance, protection, and service. Police work involves an element of personal danger, and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies.


Take care of your family by joining the Manchester Police family.

Join a strong team of talented professionals dedicated to their work in a law enforcement department that's just the right size to get ahead and build your career.


Frequently asked Questions

Must be at least 21 years old, must be a U.S. citizen, must have a valid driver’s license, high school diploma/or GED, and eyesight must be 20/30 corrected with normal color/depth perception.

Illegally used, manufactured, transported for sale, or sold a controlled substance within 36 months; unless the applicant was under the age of 21; in which case it is 24 months; Used a controlled substance while employed in a law enforcement capacity; Been dishonorably discharged from military service; Been convicted of a felony; Been convicted of a misdemeanor involving dishonesty, unlawful sexual conduct, physical violence, controlled substances, moral turpitude, or any offense that would cause a reasonable person to doubt the applicant’s character, honesty or ability.

The hiring process is in 3 phases.

Phase I: Online Written Exam, Physical Agility Test, and Oral Board.

Phase II: One to one interview, Polygraph Exam, Background Check, Psychological Exam, Medical Exam

Phase III: Personal meeting with the Chief

This is a multiple choice, general aptitude exam that is broken down into four sections: Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Report Writing. The written exam has an option to take a practice exam.

Prepare for the type and style of question asked during the exam – including dynamic questions; Do your research and write sample answers to each question; Know how to monitor your body language and professional demeanor; Be aware of the need to stay calm under intense pressure / questioning; Never overreact, argue with the panel, or advocate disproportionate use of force in a question; Learn more about the police department you wish to join, as well as recent crime data / statistics; Be yourself.

The whole process ranges from applicant to applicant. Minimally, the process takes two months, and the test scores are active for one year.


The Manchester Police Department is looking for exceptional candidates to fill our ranks at the future police academy. The Manchester Police Department, which has a long history of providing the local community with top-notch services, consists of 271 highly skilled and trained officers. The Manchester Police Department is also one of the most technologically advanced police departments in the region due to the usage of a sophisticated gunshot detection system, an online reporting program, and other sophisticated tech. Our members also have the opportunity to work closely with our federal partners such as the DEA, FBI, ATF, and the US Marshall’s. Apply today to see the impact you can make!
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