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What I need to know to Join the BEST—Bridgeport Police Department

Q: How do I get an application?

A: Applications for the position of Bridgeport Police Training Recruit are only available after the announcement of the scheduled written examination. Interested candidates can go to and apply here (new as of June 21st, 2022). Click Here!

You may also monitor the Bridgeport Police Training Academy website or the City of Bridgeport Civil Service website (Click Here!) for upcoming announcements.

Q: What are your educational requirements?

A: All candidates must have a high school diploma or GED to apply. However, advanced education is encouraged.

Q: How long is the training?

The Academy is currently approximately six to seven months long. Recruits drive to the Academy during the week. When you are in the Academy, you are an employee of the City of Bridgeport and you will get paid while attending training.

Q: How can I get more information?

A: For additional information concerning selections and training, contact the Bridgeport Training Academy and Recruitment Department Unit at: 203-576-8332 or via email at 

Q: If I am a law enforcement officer for another agency, will the Bridgeport Police Department allow me to do a lateral transfer without going through the Bridgeport Police Training Academy?

A: YES.  Bridgeport Training Academy would require a modified refresher to review policies specific to the Bridgeport Police Department.  


Address: Bridgeport Police Training and Recruitment Department Unit Office, 405 Newfield Avenue Bridgeport, CT, 06607

Phone: 203-576-8332 this is the main academy number


If you are a college, university or civic organization, and wish to schedule a visit by a Recruitment Officer, please contact the Recruitment Department Unit.

Other police recruitment resources:

State of Connecticut Police Officers Standards and Training Council

Police App

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