Mayor Elorza, Commissioner Paré, Colonel Clements and community partners announce Recruitment Drive for the 70th Providence Police Department Training Academy
Providence, RI- Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Commissioner of Public Safety Steven M. Paré, Chief of Police Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr., President James Vincent (NAACP-Providence Branch); Associate Director Cheryl Burrell (Office of Diversity, Equity & Opportunity, RI Department of Administration); Executive Director Channavy Chhay (Center for Southeast Asians) gathered this morning at Dexter Training Ground to announce the official kick-off of the recruitment drive for the Providence Police Department’s 70th Training Academy.
“Thanks to the outstanding work of one of the finest police departments in the nation under the leadership of Commissioner Paré and Chief Clements– we have seen a dramatic decrease in crime in recent years here in Providence,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “If you or someone you know are looking for a rewarding experience in law enforcement, I encourage you to sign up today to become a part of this amazing department.”
“We are looking to recruit a bold, diverse and tenacious group of individuals to join the distinguished officers of the Providence Police Department. The men and women who are selected as members of the 70th PPD Training Academy will endure rigorous training before becoming one of “Providence’s Finest,” preparing them for a rewarding and challenging career protecting the streets of our City,” said Commissioner Paré. “The Providence Police Department has a proud legacy that has served the community for over 150 years. If you have ever considered a career in public service, don’t miss your chance, apply today.”
“Serving as a police officer in Rhode Island’s capital city, the largest and most diverse department in the state, is a privilege and an honor that can only be attained by the best and the brightest individuals,” said Colonel Clements. “A career in law enforcement requires strength, courage and the ability to adapt to and embrace new skills as our community continues to evolve. If you think you have what it takes to become a Providence Police Officer, don’t miss your chance, go online today and apply.”
The application process for the 70th Providence Police Training Academy will be open through December 31, 2019. The extensive selection process includes seven phases: Physical Fitness Assessment, Written Examination, Oral Interview, Background Investigation, Psychological Evaluation and a Physical Fitness pre-test prior to entering into the police academy. The academy is approximately 24-weeks long and includes over 812 hours of training including daily physical fitness training, defense tactics, firearms training, criminal law procedures, community policing, investigation, emergency vehicle operation and much more.
Applications must be completed online only and the application fee must be paid at the time of submission to ensure the applicant will be notified of the next steps related to the recruitment process.