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Employment Opportunities

New Milford is located in Litchfield County on the western border of Connecticut in the beautiful Housatonic Valley. To the west is the Town is Sherman and Candlewood Lake. To the south are Brookfield and Danbury. Kent and Warren are north; Washington, Bridgewater and Roxbury are to the east. New Milford is the largest town by area in the state, consisting of approximately 40,321 acres or 64 square miles with a population of approximately 28,000. There are approximately 175 miles of improved or paved road and 26 miles of unimproved or gravel road.

The New Milford Police department consists of approximately 47 sworn police officers and 12 non-sworn employees.

The New Milford Police Department is comprised of three separate units:

  • Field Operations
  • Investigative Services Bureau
  • Administrative Services


Additionally, the New Milford Police Department has personnel assigned to the following specialty units:

  • K-9
  • Community Enhancement Unit
  • SCUBA Dive and Rescue
  • Crash Reconstruction Team
  • School Resource Officers
  • Aviation Unit
  • Child Safety Seat Program

Police Officer Hiring Standards

The Town of New Milford would like to thank you for your interest in employment with our Police Department. We are very dedicated in our objective to hire only the most qualified individuals through a strong commitment to our hiring standards. Below is a list of specific guidelines we follow when reviewing applicant backgrounds. The information listed does not constitute all applicable hiring standards of the Department.

In Service to our Community

The mission of the New Milford Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our community by working cooperatively with the public and within the framework of the United States and Connecticut Constitutions and statutes.  To enforce the laws equitably, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment for all our citizens.

Values and Standards

  • The Police Department will appropriately involve the community in all policing activities that directly affect the quality of community life and citizens.
  • The Police Department will maintain crime prevention as a goal, while vigorously pursuing those who commit crimes.
  • The Police Department will ensure that its policing strategies will preserve and advance democratic values, respecting the rights and liberties of all.
  • The Police Department will encourage public input regarding the development of policies that directly affect the quality of neighborhood life.
  • The Police Department will manage its resources effectively.
  • The Police Department will seek the input of employees into matters that affect job satisfaction and effectiveness, and to assist in the achievement of the Department’s mission.
  • The Police Department will maintain the highest level of integrity and professionalism in all members and activities.
  • The Police Department will seek to provide a stable and consistent work environment, respectful of the dignity and human rights of each employee.

Entry Level Hiring Process

Non Certified applications are  accepted only through policeapp.com.
Women, minorities and POSTC certified officers are encouraged to apply.
Please visit the CHIP website for further information related to physical requirement and standards @ www.ichiptest.com


  • 21 years of age.
  • Must be a high school graduate or possess a G.E.D. equivalent.
  • Must possess a valid CT driver’s license
  • Ability to pass extensive background examination.
  • Must pass physical/written exams Conducted by CHIP
  • Must pass Physical Agility Test conducted By CHIP
  • Must pass Polygraph, Drug Screening

**Candidates must possess a valid CHIP card prior to the Medical screening of the hiring process.

Salary & Benefits

Applicants should be community relations oriented. Paid benefits include medical, dental and life insurance among others. Salary range is subject to collective bargaining:

Information related to salary and benefits can be found at this link: http://www.newmilford.org/content/3088/3126/24431.aspx

CT Certified Process

Current Connecticut certified Police Officers in good standing with POSTC and their current/previous agency or Connecticut Sate Police officers who are eligible for comparative compliance and are in good standing with their agency are encouraged to send in a town of New Milford application directly to the Police Department C/O Office of the Chief of Police.

Probationary Employment

Candidates who pass the written, oral and agility exam, and are given a Conditional Offer of Probationary Employment will be interviewed by a background investigator.

The candidate will be questioned without limitations on all of the above areas in a polygraph and psychological examination.

Candidates must meet the highest legal and ethical standards.

If a candidate has any questions about any of the above information, please speak with a Police Department or Personnel Department representative.

Any omission, falsification, fabrication, lie or misleading statement will automatically result in disqualification from the police employment process.

The Police Chief reserves the right to reject any eligible candidate who, on the basis of background and character investigation or medical examination, does not appear at the discretion of the Chief of Police to be the most suitable qualified candidate for the position of Police Officer in accordance with provisions of the Town of New Milford Personnel Rules or New Milford Police Department standards.

A candidate who fails to appear or is late for any part of the examination process, or does not satisfactorily pass any part of the examination, will be removed from any further consideration.

An individual appointed to the position of police officer must satisfactory complete an 18-month probationary period.

All inquiries should be directed to:

New Milford Personnel Department
10 Main Street
New Millard, CT 06776

You are not eligible for employment with the New Milford Police Department if:

  • You have been convicted of a felony crime or a crime for which you would be required to register per Connecticut law.
  • You have been convicted of any class A or Class B misdemeanors.
  • You have been convicted of a DWI within Three (3) Years of application date or convicted of two (2) DWI regardless of the time frame.
  • You have been convicted or arrested for a domestic violence or domestic assault related crime.
  • You have been dishonorably discharged from military service.
  • You have been terminated for cause from any department of Local, State or Federal Government.
  • You have been asked to resign from a department while under investigation of wrong doing.
  • Taking, possessing or experimenting with any drugs without prescription in the following categories will be immediately disqualified within two (2) years of the date of the written exam:
    • Cannabis Substance (Marijuana, Hashish, hash oil, Ganja Etc.).
    • Stimulants or Depressants (Cocaine, Crank, crystal, Methamphetamine, GHB, ecstasy etc.).
    • Steroids (Dianabol etc.).
  • Taking, possessing or experimenting with any Drugs without prescription in the following categories will be immediately disqualified no matter what the time frame is:
    • Hallucinogen (LSD, PCP, peyote, methadone etc.).
    • Any prescription scheduled class controlled drugs or substance.

Other areas of concern includes, but is not limited to, the categories listed below:

  • Employment and Military history
  • Driving history
  • Financial history
  • Criminal Activity/involvement
  • Truthfulness character issues

The New Milford Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages all persons to apply and have an opportunity to join one of the finest police departments in the State of Connecticut.