Pawtucket Police Department now hiring

Pawtucket Police Department now hiring

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Police Department, through the city’s Division of Personnel, has announced an open, competitive examination for police officer recruitment.

Applications will be accepted through Oct. 5 and must be completed online at .

“The city of Pawtucket continues to strive to be in the forefront of its hiring process for all positions throughout the city,” said Mayor Donald Grebien. “The Pawtucket Police Department is beginning its recruitment process for hiring the most qualified and diverse individuals to represent and protect the city. This is especially true this year as we all watch in disbelief what is happening on the national level.”

Chief of Police Tina Goncalves said, “Being a police officer is unlike any other profession. Having the ability to protect your neighbors on a daily basis is just one of the ways the job can be fulfilling.”

Police officers help people by working closely with a diverse community, said Goncalves.

“We encourage all to apply as together we can work for a better and safer Pawtucket,” she said.

Asked about efforts to reach out to diverse communities, Grebien spokesman Wil Arboleda said the city continues to be at the forefront of its hiring process for all positions, and is beginning the process of hiring the most qualified and diverse people to represent and protect the city.

Asked how many minority members there are in the Police Department, Arboleda, said the total percentage of employees who are not white males is 19 percent.

Arboleda said Goncalves, working with community partners, has made improvements to the recruiting process to continue to ensure that the department reflects the community it serves.

Pawtucket residents as well as candidates who speak multiple languages will be allowed extra points as part of the overall scoring. This will hopefully encourage those who live in the city or who speak a second language spoken by at least 10 percent of city residents to apply.

The city is also undergoing interviews to bring on a community liaison, said Arboleda. The position will serve “as a visible and active holistic public safety and law enforcement liaison between the city and its changing, diverse, underserved, or underrepresented neighborhoods and communities. We look forward to bringing the individual on board in the coming weeks.”

To help prepare applicants for the selection process, the department will hold a virtual orientation meeting to answer questions about the different phases of the process on Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Further information on the selection process, salary and benefits and physical fitness standards can be found at or .

Interested parties may also call 401-728-0500, ext. 235, or email to speak with a representative from the department about the recruitment process. Find the application at .