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Dover, NH Police
Police Officer

Position Title: Police Officer
Concentration: Law Enforcement
Level of Entry: Lateral Entry

Hiring Agency

Agency: Dover, NH Police
Address: 288 Central Ave
City: Dover
State: NH    Zipcode: 03820
Contact: Sgt. Matt Travaglini
Phone: 6035166136
Email Address:

Descriptive Tasks/Responsibilities for Position

GENERAL POLICE RESPONSIBILITIES: (Except as specifically noted, the following functions are considered essential to this position. The listed examples may not include all duties found in this class.)

Exercise authority consistent with the obligations established by the law, the oath of office and the law enforcement code of ethics.
Promptly obey legitimate orders.
Coordinate efforts with other members of the Department so that an atmosphere of teamwork and common purpose prevails allowing maximum achievement of police objectives.
Utilize communication and information sharing systems within the department to ensure the sharing of information among personnel and agency components as necessary.
Respond punctually to all assignments.
Assist all citizens requesting assistance or information.
Record police activity consistent with existing policy and procedure.
Maintain weapons and equipment in a functional and presentable condition.
Immediately report damage or loss of department equipment.
Respond to questions asked by the general public, counsel juveniles and adults as necessary and make referrals when appropriate.
Prepare for Court and testify as necessary in official proceedings.
Take enforcement action, including custodial arrest, as appropriate in cases of violations of local ordinances, state laws or other controlling statutes within the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Dover Police Department.
When assigned to operate a motor vehicle, officers shall ensure that the vehicle is visually inspected according to established procedures prior to assuming patrol duties. Officers shall immediately report all defects and damages sustained to the vehicle to the proper authority and complete all reports and forms required by current procedures.
Officers shall ensure that the assigned vehicle is clean and that no contraband, weapons or evidence has been left in the vehicle.
Maintain radio/mobile data equipment in an operational condition at all times and utilize proper procedure when utilizing any communications equipment.
Take precautions to avoid exposure to health hazards.
Assist victims of crimes.
Perform all duties as assigned.


Individuals selected as entry level police officers are not required to have all of the training, or to have developed all of the skills necessary to perform the functions of the position immediately upon selection. Many of the skills and abilities will be learned over the probationary period of employment, while other capabilities will be assessed during the hiring process.

In order to function independently as a police officer, personnel shall be required to successfully develop the following knowledge, skills and abilities as part of the first year of probationary employment.

A working knowledge of police techniques, methods and procedures; knowledge of Federal, State and City laws and ordinances; knowledge of Court decisions relative to law enforcement; knowledge of community geography and demographics.
The ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively to determine the proper course of action to be taken; the ability to utilize self-defense techniques and equipment, restraining devices and firearms; the ability to operate motor vehicles under routine and emergency situations; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other law enforcement agencies, city employees and agencies, fellow employees, and the general public; ability to operate department equipment; ability to utilize computer equipment and sufficient keyboard skills to be proficient in report writing; the ability to project confidence, self-assurance and certainty to the public; the ability to project a neat, professional appearance to the public; the ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing. Emotional stability and the ability to cope with stressful situations and confront hostile persons.
Physical capabilities sufficient to engage in confrontational physical arrest situations under a variety of circumstances, physical capabilities to subdue attacking persons as well as the physical capabilities to chase, apprehend and restrain individuals consistent with the enforcement of the law and apprehension of criminals. Physical capabilities sufficient to engage in activities that require greater than average strength, cardiovascular fitness and range of motion.
EDUCATION/LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or GED. Additional course work in law enforcement, criminal justice, sociology or related field, or military duty in a closely related specialty or Associates degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement or related field preferred. Certified in New Hampshire by Police Standards and Training as Police Officer upon appointment or within six months of appointment. Valid motor vehicle operator’s license. Completion of college courses, military experience, or significant work experience involving interaction with the public and the development of social/people skills is preferred.


Employee will be subjected to a criminal and financial background checks prior to employment.
The duties and responsibilities of this position are governed by an extensive and detailed set of policies and procedures that are complimentary to this description.
Personnel assigned as police officers may also be required to carry out the duties and responsibilities of any of the following assignments, positions or functions within the agency: Patrol officer, Detective, Youth Services Officer, Neighborhood Liaison Officer, DARE officer, and Field Training Officer (FTO).
The nature of the position requires employee to be in, and maintain, sound physical condition.
Employee required to attend annual recertification training program(s).

Application Period

Application Period Begins: 02/22/2022

Application Period Ends: 02/22/2023

Number Positions to be Filled: 10

Yearly Salary: $53,352.00 to $79,227.00
(Some agencies may post only their standard hourly rate)

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