The following guide comprises of valuable information regarding how to become a police officer in New Hampshire and aspiring candidates should take a thorough look at the details listed here.

It is necessary to point out that currently, in New Hampshire, the candidates are not allowed to obtain training at the Police Academy without being hired by one of the law enforcement departments in the state.

To put it simply, the candidate cannot account for the tuition fee on their own and the application needs to be submitted by a police department in order to be taken into proper consideration.

Further Requirements on Becoming a Police Officer in New Hampshire

In addition to obtaining a job within one of the New Hampshire police departments before applying to the academy, the candidate needs to have completed a minimum high school education, meeting or exceeding the legal age (18) and be able to prove the absence of a criminal or vehicle record.

At the same time, the applicant should be aware of the fingerprint verification, the medical and psychological examinations as well as the fitness testing. Furthermore, a feature that could constitute an advantage for the candidate includes positive credit scores.

Fitness Standards

With regards to the fitness standards required for enrolling in the police academy, it is necessary to point out that they are split into 2 categories: 35th percentile and 50th percentile. The former category refers to the standard that needs to be met on the entry to the academy and the latter consists of the standards required to graduate the academy.

Evidently, these standards are different for male and female candidates and the exercise list includes 1.5 mile runs, number of sit-ups per minute, number of bench press repetitions, and fat percentage per body weight.

Medical Standards

The candidate is also evaluated by professional medical personnel in order to determine whether his health condition is permits him to perform the typical police officer duties and the presence (or absence) of conditions that would conflict with the job description. For example:

  • The visual acuity standards entail that the non-corrected vision for both far and near accepted minimum is 20/40 and corrected vision accepted minimum is 20/20 (weaker and both eyes) 
  • The hearing acuity standard requires an average loss no higher than 25 dB for the entire set of frequencies (for each individual frequency, the loss cannot exceed 40 dB) 
  • The blood pressure cannot exceed 150 mmHG systolic or 99 mmHG diastolic

On a side note, diabetes cases are judged individually.

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For more information on becoming a police officer in New Hampshire, please visit the NH Police Standards and Training Council website or call (603) 271 – 2133.

Click here to check out the various police officer jobs in New Hampshire.

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