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Town of Falmouth, Maine
271 Falmouth Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
town@town.falmouth.me.us
(207) 781-5253

 
Police Department Information and Hiring Process
FALMOUTH POLICE DEPARTMENT





Community:
Falmouth is a rapidly growing community with a population of approximately 11,500 residents and 33 square miles located on the southern Maine coast in the Portland metropolitan area. The community has one of the highest per capita incomes in the State. While it has served primarily as a residential suburb for the city, in recent years the Town has seen a rapid expansion of its commercial base.


Department:
The Department currently consists of 17 full-time sworn officers, 7 full-time communications personnel, an administrative assistant and 9 part-time personnel.  Since 1995 the Department’s calls for service have increased by over 50% and it has added five new full-time positions, thereby reflecting the growth of the community.

With its location on the southern Maine coast the Department has a marine unit that consists of one full-time sworn officer, a part-time assistant and 2 summer park rangers.  The unit operates out of the Town Landing facility with a 22’ Ambar patrol boat.

While the Department is small, it offers many opportunities for specialty training and positions, such as; detective, evidence technician, bike patrol, FTO’s, School Resource Officer, K-9 Officer and harbor patrol to name a few.

In early 2008 the Department moved into a new police facility on Marshall Drive.



Salary and Benefits:
The patrol officers and dispatchers of the Department are represented by Maine Association of Police and work under a collective bargaining agreement.

Effective 7/1/2013 – the starting patrol pay is $19.87/hour, with multiple year pay steps up to a 20 year step of $26.52/hour.  The Department offers a lateral entry up to the five year step of  $24.06/hour, DOQ.

Effective 7/1/2013 – the starting dispatch pay will be $17.73/hour with multiple year pay steps up to a 20 year step of $22.76/hour.  The department offers a lateral entry up to the five year step of $20.61/hour DOQ.

Holidays - 12 paid per year - Officers working Thanksgiving and Christmas receive two times the hourly rate of pay.

Vacation:

After 1 year – 1.54 hours per week
After 3 years – 1.85 hours per week
After 6 years – 2.31 hours per week
After 11 years – 2.77 hours per week
After 16 years – 3.23 hours per week
After 20 years - 3.85 hours per week

Health Insurance - A “Point of Service Plan” or “Traditional Plan” are offered, where the Town pays 85% of the cost for the employee and their family.



Retirement:
The Town offers Maine State Retirement Plan 2C (25 year / no age requirement) for sworn personnel and Maine State Retirement Plan AC (25 years / age 60) for non-sworn personnel.  Employee contribution is 5% while the Town contribution is 8%.


Incentives:

Education Stipends for Bachelors or Associates Degree

EMT Incentive  - Town pays all costs of training; $200 bonus upon completion, and $.40 per hour added to the hourly wage thereafter, for sworn personnel only.

Physical Fitness Incentive - Up to an additional $.38 per hour with successful passage of the Department’s Fitness Test for sworn personnel and $200 for successful completion by communications personnel.

Stipends for officers filling the following positions - SRO, Patrol and Dispatch Training Officer, Evidence Technician, K-9 Officer, Senior Officer in-charge of a shift.

Uniform Cleaning Allowance - $20 per month for cleaning of uniforms, paid in December for sworn personnel.

Sick Leave – 1.5 hours per month up to a maximum of 960 hours.

Retiree Health Savings Plan available to all employees.

Court Time - 3 hour minimum.

Call In - 4 hour minimum.

Compensatory Time - Employee can continuously bank up to 24 hours, and use it at the Chief’s discretion.

Residence Clause - Employee shall live within a reasonable commuting distance.

Probationary Period - One year from completion of MCJA or date of hire if already certified by the Academy for sworn/communications personnel.


Schedule:
The patrol division of the Department works a four day work week (10 hour shifts) with 3 days off. Shift coverage is a minimum of two officers on all shifts, but on most day and evening shifts, three to four officers.


Equipment:
The Department provides all equipment, to include but not limited to; all uniforms, protective vest, weapon, etc.


Police Officer Candidates
Falmouth, Maine Police Department

The Falmouth Police Department is a highly professional, progressive agency that embodies the philosophy of community policing while serving a community of approximately 11,500 people. Falmouth is a rapidly growing community located in the Portland metropolitan area on the southern Maine coast. Officers patrol an assigned area for the purpose of crime prevention/law enforcement. Duties include, but are not limited to; investigation of crimes, apprehension of offenders, traffic enforcement, and providing emergency services. Candidates must have the ability to exercise good common sense and discretion, and be able to analyze situations quickly and objectively. Applicants must be able to make decisions under pressure.


Applicants must meet the following requirements:
• Minimum of 21 years of age
• United States citizen
• High school diploma   
• College and or military experience desirable

Applicants who meet the basic qualifications are selected on a competitive basis. The selection process includes the following:
• Written examinations
• Physical Fitness Testing
• Interview Board Examinations
• Medical Examinations
• Polygraph/Psychological Exam
• Background Investigation


Benefits
• Competitive Salaries (see below)
• Physical Fitness/EMT Incentive Pay/Education Incentives/Patrol Stipends
• Annual Paid Vacations/Holidays
• Health Insurance (town pays 85% of the premium for employee and family)
• Life/Dental Insurance
• Uniforms/Equipment Provided by the Department
• Uniform Cleaning Allowance
• Maine State Retirement
• Advanced Specialized Training
• Retiree Health Savings Plan
• Compensatory time-off

Salaries Effective July 1, 2013
$41,329 (entry) - $46,945 (2 year step) - $51,043 (5 year step) - $53,102 (10 year step) - $55,161 (20 year step)
(Current collective bargaining agreement)

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The Falmouth Police Department actively encourages all interested persons to apply for this career oriented department. Recruitment is an ongoing process and applications received will be kept on file for a period of one year. Applicants will be notified in the event an opening occurs.

THE TOWN OF FALMOUTH IS AN
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER


Communications Officers Candidates
Falmouth Police Department

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
• Minimum of 21 years of age
• United States citizen
• High school diploma
• College and or military experience desirable

Applicants who meet the basic qualifications are selected on a competitive basis. The selection process includes the following:
• Interview Board Examinations
• Medical Examinations
• Polygraph/Psychological Exam
• Background Investigation


Benefits
• Competitive Salaries
• Physical Fitness
• Annual Paid Vacations/Holidays
• Health Insurance
• Life/Dental Insurance
• Uniforms/Equipment Provided by the Department
• Uniform Cleaning Allowance
• Maine State Retirement
• Advanced Specialized Training
• Retiree Health Savings Plan
• Compensatory time-off

Salaries
$36,150 (entry) - $37,918 (2 year step) - $40,289 (5 year step) - $44,491 (10 year step) - $47,340 (20 6ear step)
(Current collective bargaining agreement)

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The Falmouth Police Department actively encourages all interested persons to apply for this career oriented department. Recruitment is an ongoing process and applications received will be kept on file for a period of one year. Applicants will be notified in the event an opening occurs.

THE TOWN OF FALMOUTH IS AN
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER


Falmouth Police Department
Employment Process

The employment process consists of:
• Submission of application and resume
• Maine Criminal Justice Academy Alert Test (sworn)
• Maine Criminal Justice Academy Physical Fitness Test (sworn – see below)
• Interview board
• Background investigation
• Polygraph
• Psychological Examination
• Medical Examination
• Chief’s interview
POLICE OFFICER APPLICANTS
Filing of Applications and Resumes: Completed applications (Click here for application form) resumes and cover letter are to be filed with the Chief of Police, Falmouth Police Department, 2 Marshall Drive, Falmouth, Me. 04105 by the date indicated on the application. Telephone (207) 781-2300.

Education and Experience: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, be in good health, and have an Associates Degree or the equivalent of 60 hours of college course work or the equivalent work/military history (specialization in Criminal Justice preferred).

Motor Vehicle Driver's License: Each applicant must possess a valid and current motor vehicle driver's license.

MCJA ALERT Test: The applicant must have passed, or be able to pass the MCJA ALERT Test.

Physical Agility Test: Each applicant will be required to pass the MCJA Physical Agility Test as part of the hiring process, or show proof of a passing grade on this test within the past six months in lieu of taking the Falmouth PD test. However, all candidates will be required to pass the Falmouth PD test prior to an offer of employment.

Polygraph, Psychological and Medical examinations: Prior to employment and after an offer of conditional employment the candidate will be required to pass each of these tests.

Background investigation: Prior to employment the candidate will be required to pass an in-depth background investigation.

Citizenship: Each candidate for original appointment to the Police Department must be a citizen of the United States.

Good Character: Each candidate shall be of good moral character and shall in all cases bear the burden of proof as to this requirement. No person shall be appointed who has a history which includes a disqualifying criminal conviction.

A disqualifying offense shall mean and include any offense punishable by imprisonment for one (1) year or more under the law of the sentencing jurisdiction, whether or not such sentence is imposed or served; or any theft offense; or any sex offense; or any offense which involves dishonesty or false statement.


THE FOLLOWING FORMS MUST BE ATTACHED TO YOUR APPLICATION:

1. A copy of the High School Diploma, equivalency certificate, and any advanced degrees.
2. A copy of a Driver's License.
3. A copy of the any Maine Criminal Justice Academy certificate for either the 100 Hour Pre-Service Class or the 720 Hour Basic Academy.
4. A copy of the ALERT Test score, (if previously taken). If you require the ALERT test one will be given at the date, time and location indicated on the application.


MAINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY PHYSICAL
FITNESS EXAM

The Falmouth Police Department utilizes the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s Entrance Requirement 40th Percentile Physical Fitness Standards to determine a candidate’s fitness during the initial stages of the employment process. These three (3) areas of measurement will provide the Department with an excellent indicator of the applicant’s physical work performance along with body strength and overall fitness. It will also provide the applicant with a true indicator of their physical condition.

It is very important that you read through this entire packet of material prior to your physical fitness testing date. Furthermore, the applicant must have a doctor review the elements of the test so that he/she may determine that the applicant is able to safely participate in the fitness test. If the enclosed Medical Clearance form is not signed by a doctor and brought with you on the day of the test, the applicant will not be allowed to participate in the fitness test and will be excluded from further consideration for the position for which they have applied.

Should you wish to receive further information on the physical fitness test, it may be obtained at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy website at: www.maine.gov/dps/mcja select "forms" then select "Fitness Application".

MAINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY

15 Oak Grove Road
Vassalboro, Maine 04989





 

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