To qualify for police officer certification in Connecticut, an applicant must meet all relevant entry level standards as enumerated in the Connecticut General Statutes and the regulations of the Police Officer Standards & Training Council (POST). The City of Bristol also reserves the right to apply additional and separate standards for qualifications as a police officer. The standards include:

  • High school graduate or equivalent certificate.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of completing the city application.
  • Possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license.


  • Have passed a validated written entry test.
  • Have been fingerprinted and a search made of fingerprint files for any record.
  • Not been convicted by a court of any felony, any class A or B misdemeanor.
  • Not committed any act which would constitute perjury or false statement.
  • Have been the subject of a background investigation.
  • Have been tested by an oral interview panel.
  • Have been the subject of a polygraph examination.
  • Have not tested positive on a controlled drug screen.
  • Have been examined and certified by a Council accepted method as fit to perform the duties of a probationary candidate police officer.
  • Have personally certified knowledge that any false statement in the application process constitutes grounds for termination.