Topic:
AGE OF MAJORITY; LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS;
Location:
POLICE;

OLR Research Report


January 27, 2005

 

2005-R-0118

MINIMUM AGE FOR SERVING AS POLICE OFFICER

By: Veronica Rose, Principal Analyst

You want to know the minimum age for becoming a police officer in Connecticut and neighboring states.

Table 1 shows the minimum age requirement in nine states. Connecticut is among five states where the minimum age is 21. In Pennsylvania and Vermont, it is 18, and in New York, it is 20. In some states, the minimum age is established in statutes. In others, it is set by a council or commission established by law to set standards for police officers. In Connecticut, the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) set the requirement for local police officers, and the State Police set the requirement for state police officers.

Table 1: Minimum Age for Employment as Police Officer in Select States

State

Minimum Age

Source

Connecticut

21

POST regulations (Conn. Agency Reg. 7-294e-16)

Georgia

18

Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council Rules (http://www.gapost.org/3offcrt.htm)

Maine

21 (20 if applicant has an associates degree or 60 credit hours of post secondary education)

(Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. 25 2804-G)

Maryland

21

Maryland Agency Regulations

Massachusetts

21

Chap. 467 of the Acts of 2004

New Jersey

21

NJSA 40A:14-127

New York

20

Civ. Service Law 58

Pennsylvania

18

Municipal Police Officers Standards and Training Council Regulations (http://www.mpoetc.state.pa.us/mpotrs/cwp/view.asp?a=1133&q=440471)

Vermont

18

Vermont Criminal Justice Commission (http://www.vcjtc.state.vt.us/basic.htm)

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