State Office Complex Police Force

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Questions about joining the State Office Complex Police Force?

Questions about joining the State Office Complex Police Force?

Contact Lt. Roy Pywell | (603) 271-5340

Upcoming Examination Dates

Position Date
Full-time Campus Patrol Officer II July 27, 2024

The State Office Complex Police Force members provide police coverage to the Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park South, including New Hampshire Hospital, through the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws, and established policies and procedures, as well as providing general and specialized services to patients/residents, employees, and citizens.

Education: Associates degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited institute of higher education.
Experience: No experience required.


Education: High school diploma or high school equivalency credential.
Experience: Two years of experience as a certified police officer, security officer, correctional officer, active military, or mental health worker providing direct care to patients or combination of.
License/Certification: Must possess a valid driver's license.

  • Conducts patrols and inspections on foot and in marked police vehicles to ensure the security and protection of multiple local, state, and federal agencies located on the campus of the Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park South with an emphasis on New Hampshire Hospital and mental health issues.
  • Appears in court as a witness in traffic violations, criminal cases or other administrative hearings as required; prepares cases for prosecution as required and serves warrants, domestic violence orders (DVOs) and juvenile petitions as applicable.
  • Monitors movements and behavior of potentially dangerous patients/residents and responds to and controls high risk situations involving out of control behaviors and psychiatric emergencies including the potential for injury to self and/or others.
  • Intervenes in disputes to restore peace and ensure safety of the public and parties involved, including confronting hostile persons, mediating disputes, and advising of rights of process.
  • Assists with the admission of patients to a state institution, searches for, locates and returns AWOL patients as applicable, transports patients to and from other institutions and court, both in and out of state.
  • Writes investigative and other reports, including citations, affidavits, complaints and warrants using appropriate grammar. Gathers information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses and suspects. 
  • Enforces parking and traffic regulations, to include initiating traffic stops in marked cruisers to identify and apprehend violators, issuing verbal and written warnings and tickets, making in-custody arrests, and investigating traffic crashes.
  • Arrests suspects, forcibly if necessary, using handcuff and other restraints; subdues resisting suspects using maneuvers, approved weapons, and hands and feet in self-defense.
  • Searches people, vehicles, buildings, and outdoor areas to detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions: detains suspicious persons or vehicles.
  • Unloads, loads, aims and fires handguns, and other firearms from a variety of body positions under stressful conditions that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.
  • Age/Citizenship: Must be at least 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen either prior to or on scheduled date of examination administration.
  • Eyesight and Hearing: Must have at least 20/100 in each eye uncorrected and corrected to 20/40 (near vision) and 20/30 (distant vision) in each eye and have normal uncorrected depth and color perception.; must possess normal hearing sufficient to enable performance of essential job functions.
  • Police Officer Certification: Candidates must be able to obtain full-time police officer certification within the time frame established by the N.H. Police Standards and Training Council. Must maintain police officer certification throughout tenure of service.
  • Tattoos: Candidates are prohibited from having any form of tattoo on the head, neck, face, or hands. Tattoos that we deem not to be "extremist" (racist, sexist, or otherwise indecent) are allowed on forearms up to but not past the wrist, provided that the candidate will submit to wearing a black compression sleeve on the affected arm(s) to cover the tattoo(s) whenever on duty in any short-sleeved uniform, or to wear long sleeves in any plain clothes assignment.
Ready to apply?

Ready to apply?

Prospective applicants can view all current job openings and submit an application on the Department of Safety website.

Starting Salary Range

$52,936 - $80,059

Employment Selection Process

  • The candidate submits completed application.
  • The application is reviewed.

Then, the following are administered:

  • The candidate must successfully pass a physical agility test.
  • The candidate must successfully pass a written examination. The SOCPF uses the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) for the written exam. This ADA-compliant test is designed to measure participants’ basic skills as it pertains to the following job-related abilities: arithmetic, reading comprehension, grammar, and incident report writing. A study guide and separate practice test are available.
  • Oral board.
  • Polygraph examination.
  • Background investigation.
  • Psychological evaluaiton.
  • Medical examination.
  • Director interview.

Once hired, SOCPF officers will attend the New Hampshire police officer academy