Career Opportunities

Our Selection Process For Employment:

The selection process is job-related and competitive in nature and is designed to determine the candidate's potential for successful performance as a police officer.

The complete selection process consists of:

  • Written civil service examination
  • Physical agility test
  • Background investigation
  • Polygraph
  • Interview board
  • Medical examination
  • Psychological evaluation

All candidates MUST:

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalency diploma
  • Be at least twenty (20) years old and not have reached their thirty-fifth (35th) birthday. 
    • There is an extension for military service. Call civil service (315-785-7733) for information
  • Possess a valid NYS driver's license
  • Be able to work shifts (overnight, holiday & weekend)
  • Comply with WPD policy which requires all members to present a neat and professional appearance at all times. 
    • No beards, tattoos, brands, body piercing or other body art shall be visible while a member is in uniform or other business attire. The uniform includes a short sleeve shirt with open neck (top button) in front.

Other considerations:

  • Candidates with a history of perpetuating violence (to include elder abuse, child assault, sexual attack, stalking or domestic violence) or who have been named as a respondent in an order of protection will be screened out at this point in the hiring process
  • A felony conviction automatically disqualifies a candidate

Candidates who do not meet and pass the above listed criteria will not be considered for employment with the Watertown Police Department 

General Information
Chief of Police
Charles Donoghue
Phone Numbers
(315) 782-2233 Dial 911 for immediate action
Fax: (315) 786-2613
Emergencies: Dial 911
751 Waterman Drive

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm