Caln Township, Downingtown Borough Police Departments Are Accepting Applications

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DOWNINGTOWN, PA — The Caln Township Police Department, and Downingtown Borough Police Department, Chester County, Pennsylvania, announced that both departments are accepting applications for the position of the full-time police officer to fill multiple vacancies. Starting salary, for both departments, is approximately $69,000, in addition to a comprehensive benefits package. Candidates have the option of applying to one or both departments, based on their ability to meet specific agency requirements (i.e., residency, etc.).

Officials state that application packets may be obtained at the Caln Township Police Department, 253 Municipal Drive, Thorndale, PA 19372, weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or by download at, and the Downingtown Borough Police Department, 10 W. Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335, weekdays between midnight and 4:00 p.m., or by download at A $40.00 non-refundable application fee will be assessed to each candidate. Make check payable to the Borough of Downingtown.

All completed applications, along with the $40.00 non-refundable application fee, must be returned to the Downingtown Borough Police Department no later than 12:00 midnight on Friday, September 10, 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted. Incomplete application packets will be returned to the candidates for resubmission by the deadline date. Candidates who falsify, intentionally omit, or misrepresent any information during the completion of the formal application process, or any other documents/processes associated with the selection process will be rejected.

To apply, candidates must be a U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age; possess a diploma from an accredited high school or graduate equivalency diploma; successfully completed Act 120 training on or before December 18, 2021; and possess a valid PA driver’s license by date of appointment.

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Additional agency-specific requirement(s):

  • Caln Township – reside within 25 miles of the police department no later than three (3) months after completing a twelve (12) month probationary period.
  • Downingtown Borough – completed 30 college credits from an accredited university or college.

Officials state that auccessful candidates must pass physical agility testing, written and oral exams, background investigation, polygraph, psychological, medical, drug testing, Act 120 certification exam, and Act 57 separation records clearance from MPOETC prior to appointment as a police officer. Candidates who fail the physical agility test will not qualify to take the written exam and will be disqualified from further testing.

Additionally, candidates must appear for Civil Service physical agility testing and a written exam on Sunday, September 19, 2021, at 9:00 a.m., at the Downingtown West High School, 445 Manor Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335. Dress in workout clothes, as the physical agility test is first. CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 protocols will be strictly adhered to. Candidates must present valid photo identification on the date of the test and have completed the Waiver of Liability.

Contact the Downingtown Borough Police Department at 610-269-0263 with any questions.

Caln Township and Downingtown Borough are equal opportunity employers.

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