R.I. Capitol Police launches recruitment campaign

Seeking diverse group of highly qualified applicants

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PROVIDENCE — A recruitment campaign for new Capitol Police Officers begins June 16, Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announced.
Capitol Police Chief Joseph T. Little Jr. said the goal is to find a large pool of highly qualified men and women who reflect the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of the community. “We are seeking the best possible candidates with the experience, skills and commitment needed to serve as Capitol Police Officers,” he said.
The Capitol Police, which falls under the Department of Public Safety, provides police services and general security for the State Capitol and other state agencies and buildings throughout the state. They are responsible for maintaining order, as well as providing for the safety, security and protection of employees, visitors and state property.
Capitol Police officers operate metal detectors and x-ray machines at the entrances to the State House, as well as at courthouses and other state buildings. They are responsible for screening employees and visitors, as well as preventing and detecting crimes and apprehending violators.
Applicants must meet the following requirements: U.S. citizen; Minimum age 18 (no maximum age); High school graduate or possess a general equivalency diploma (GED); Meet Rhode Island qualifications to carry weapons used in the performance of duty; Possess and maintain a valid Rhode Island operator’s driving license; Have no tattoos that would be visible while in uniform (use of a flesh-colored sleeve is acceptable for hiding tattoos from the upper arm to the wrist bone) and no tattoos on the head, face, neck, above the V-neck line of a t-shirt, inside the eyelid, mouth or ears, or on wrists, hands or fingers. Any tattoos that could be considered offensive are not allowed. These include, but are not limited to, tattoos that are extremist, indecent, sexist or racist.
All applicants will be required to undergo a physical agility test, written examination, oral board interview, extensive background investigation, medical exam and psychological exam. Successful candidates will be admitted to the Capitol Police Training Academy, an eight-week program, where they will receive the education and training needed to serve as Capitol Police Officers.
Upon completion of the Training Academy, candidates will be chosen for appointment based on their final rankings in the recruitment pool, Chief Little said. Anyone not immediately chosen for appointment will be placed on a reserve list for future openings.
Applications are being accepted through July 26. Interested applicants must apply through the state recruitment website at apply.ri.gov.
For more information about the Capitol Police and current openings, visit the Capitol Police website at capitolpolice.ri.gov/recruitment.

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