Requirements to Become Police Officer in Trinidad & Tobago

To become a police officer in Trinidad & Tobago, a candidate must be a citizen with a clean record.

The Trinidad & Tobago Police Service is both a civilian and military organization. Part of the Office of National Security, the Police Service consists of nine divisions and 18 branches in areas such as Community Police, Criminal Investigation, Organized Crime, Narcotics, Homicide, Mounted and Canine and Traffic and Highway Patrol. To become a police officer in Trinidad & Tobago, a candidate must be a citizen who meets physical and mental requirements.

1 Age

As of January 1 of a candidate's appointment year, a Trinidad & Tobago police officer must be at least 18 years old and no more than 35 years old.

2 Citizenship

A police officer candidate must have Trinidad & Tobago citizenship.

3 General Education

Trinidad and Tobago police officer candidates must have passing scores in five subjects, including English Language, on the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) examinations.

4 Health

Officer candidates must have good general health and be free of conditions that interfere with their ability to perform effectively as a police officer. Candidates must pass a medical exam administered by a government medical officer.

5 Physical Conditioning

Police officer candidates must be in good general shape and will need to pass an agility test. Male officer candidates must be at least 5'6" in height and female officer candidates must be at least 4'11" tall.

6 Tests

Police officer candidates are required to submit to and pass polygraph, psychological, and drug tests.

7 Drivers Permit

Officer candidates must possess a valid Trinidad & Tobago drivers permit with a class three light motor vehicle endorsement.

8 Character

Police officer candidates must demonstrate good character by presenting a police certificate of character. This certificate is a record of previous convictions in Trinidad & Tobago. In order to secure a certificate, a officer candidate must present a valid Trinidad & Tobago identification card, pay a certificate fee and take fingerprints at a police station.

Based in Atlanta, Ga., Veronica King has been writing professionally since 2010. Having completed graduate studies in biological science and public health, she enjoys writing about health care, nursing and science. King holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic studies from Columbia University.