Police Hiring Opportunities 2021-2022

About the South Hadley Police Department
The South Hadley Police Department has 29 sworn members, 5 civilian dispatchers and 1 administrative assistant. The Police Department is staffed by the Chief of Police, 2 Lieutenants, 6 Sergeants, 3 Detectives and 17 officers assigned to the Patrol Division. All sworn personnel, except the Police Chief, are covered under Civil Service. See our Organizational Chart and Span of Control.

South Hadley Police Department is a well-trained, well-funded and professionally equipped agency that is committed to improving the quality of life for all persons that live, work, learn and visit the community.  Read our Mission statement to learn what we value, what we strive for.

South Hadley Police is a busy agency, handling approximately 20,000 calls for service per year.  See our statistics page for a more detailed look at our level of activity.    Our South Hadley Police Officers are provided opportunities for specialized part time assignments which include School Resource Officer, Bicycle Patrol, Connecticut River Task Force, South Hadley Fire District 1 Dive Team, Crisis Intervention Team and Peer Support.  Our personnel are provided a generous pay package which include stipends for educational incentive, holiday pay, shift differential, fitness; as well as overtime, details, paid vacation, sick, personal time.  FY 22 patrol officer pay range, in addition to stipends listed above, are $55,770-$60,606.  See our 2019-2022 Police Contract here.  For more information on this agency, contact Lt. William Sowa

 The South Hadley Police Department is part of the Massachusetts Civil Service program and Potential employees need to take a Civil Service examination.  This exam is only offered every 12 months, and the next exam is MARCH 19, 2022 with an Application Deadline of January 4, 2022.  It is anticipated that approximately 5 police officer positions will be filled from this examination, shaping our police department and leadership for years to come.  Do not delay, register NOW.  To register for the Civil Service Police Officer Exam, visit the Massachusetts Human Resources Website

What is civil service?
State and municipal employees may be hired and promoted under the civil service merit system in accordance with Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 31 and the Personnel Administration Rules. Civil service appointments are generally made by appointing authorities who select qualified applicants who have taken a competitive examination or completed a registration process. The Civil Service Unit within the Human Resources Division is responsible for overseeing the administration of the Massachusetts civil service merit system. Visit the website of the Human Resources Division. The Town of South Hadley Police Department follow Massachusetts Civil Service Guidelines when hiring personnel. Please visit the Human Resources Division of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website for information on Civil Service and for current exam information.

About the Town of South Hadley
Rich in history and culture, diverse in recreational opportunities South Hadley is an inviting and charming community. While South Hadley offers a wide range of opportunities and services, the people make the community a warm and welcoming place to live and to visit. With a population of approximately 17,300, the community has a density of only 945 persons per square mile. South Hadley is known worldwide as the home of the Mount Holyoke College with an enrollment of approximately 2,100 students from nations around the world.   Centrally located in the scenic Pioneer Valley, our location and abundant natural resources have shaped our community and formed the character of the town. South Hadley is situated along the eastern bank of the Connecticut River and southern slope of the Mount Holyoke Range. 

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

The Town of South Hadley (Town) is committed to promoting nondiscrimination, diversity, and equal opportunity, and, if necessary, affirmative action in all of its policies regarding employment and provision of services. The employment policies and practices of the Town are to recruit, hire and promote employees on the basis of qualifications, and ability, without discrimination because of membership in a protected class, and to treat them equally with respect to compensation and opportunities for advancement, including but not limited to job assignment, supervision, training, upgrading, promotion, transfer, layoff, recall from layoff, termination, and other terms and conditions of employment.