Patrol Officer Recruitment

Accepting Applications

The Town of Westerly is currently accepting application materials for the position of Patrol Officer.

The Town of Westerly's Police Department will be holding another recruiting process in the Fall of 2020.

Important Documents

Below are important documents used in the recruitment and selection process:

Town of Westerly - Job Application 
**if you are having any issues with the application please try Internet Explorer.

Westerly - Police Department - Background Packet
**Required after testing.  Bring with you to the interview.

Agility - Waiver - Candidate - Physician

Applying for Patrol Officer

We're glad you're interested in applying for the position of Patrol Officer! 

You may view the job description for Patrol Officer here:  Patrol Officer


  1. Submit your application and $25 non-refundable application fee to the Human Resources Department in person to the Town of Westerly, 45 Broad Street, Westerly, RI 02891.  
  2. Please do not submit copies of training certificates, social security card, driver's license, birth certificates or the like at this time.
  3. Anytime during the application phase, applicants are responsible for notifying the Human Resources Department of changes affecting their application.  Examples include: address, phone number, education, place of employment, etc.
  4. All submissions are reviewed based on education, civilian or military law enforcement experience, police reserve experience, correction officer experience, law violations and criminal history.
  5. All applicants deemed qualified for the position will be notified via phone or e-mail of the scheduled examinations.  The first phase of testing includes a written exam and a physical agility.
  6. You submission is valid for one testing and selection process only. 

To be invited to participate in the Town's recruitment process, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be 21 years old.
  2. Meet one of the following criteria:
    1. 60 college credits
    2. Two years of active military experience
    3. Two years of prior full-time municipal or law enforcement experience
  3. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  4. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

  1. Applicants meeting job qualifications and screening criteria will be required to pass a written exam, a background investigation, a personal interview and a physical agility exam.
  2. Written exams are scored based on the percentage correct.  Top candidates are offered interviews based on their test scores.  The physical agility exam is based on the 40th percentile for the activities listed below.
  3. Background investigations will be conducted on the top scoring candidates who are placed on the eligibility list.
  4. Completed background packets will be required to be brought to the written exam and physical agility exam.  You may view the background packet here: Background Packet - Westerly Patrol Officer.
  5. Post-offer exams include: a medical exam, psychological evaluation, and a drug test.
Preparing for the Written Exam

The written exam typically lasts 3 hours.  This is a video exam that contains four sections:
  1. Roll Call Briefing
  2. Training Session
  3. Situational Judgment
  4. Multiple Choice
The written exam will be graded on-site.  Individuals successfully passing the written examination will proceed to the physical agility exercise.  Candidates are expected to dress is professional attire.

Candidates wishing to prepare for the written examination may purchase a study guide at: Public Safety Compass.

Preparing for the Physical Agility Testing

The physical agility will comprise of the following activities:

  1. 1 Minute Push Up
  2. 1.5 Mile Run
  3. 1 Minute Sit-Up
  4. 300 Meter Run
Here is a link of the Rhode Island Municipal Police Assessment 40th Percentile per activity: 40th Percentile Assessment

For the physical agility candidates are to bring white t-shirts, navy blue sports shorts and athletic running shows.  For additional information on the standards or to view requirements you can visit: Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy.

This test is considered physically demanding and it is vitally important for applicants to properly prepare for the test.  The following are suggestions applicants can use to adequately prepare for the test.

Prep Mentally & Physically

The applicant should prepare both physically and mentally for the test.  An example of mentally preparing for this test would including having a positive mindset prior to and during the test.  It is recommended that applicants should have recovered at least 24-48 hours from any other physical activity prior to this testing.  The applicant should also hydrate properly, at least 24 hours prior to participating in this testing.

Come Properly Hydrated & Nourished

The applicant should hydrate properly, at least 24 hours prior to participating in this testing.  It may be helpful to also consume a light meal 1-2 hours prior to the physical agility testing, as the applicant should have adequate energy levels to help facilitate a better performance.  Proper rest prior to testing is also recommended.