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Careers

Full-Time Police Officer 

The Rehoboth Beach Police Department has immediate openings for officers and communications specialists. We're also accepting applications for our seasonal police cadet program, for which training begins in April. Scroll down for more information.

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We're currently hiring certified and non-certified candidates who are people- and service-oriented

 

Are you up to the challenge?

Rehoboth Beach police officers preserve life and property, enforce laws in an impartial manner, and maintain a safe, vibrant, and peaceful environment for residents as well as guests. Policing in a resort community with a reputation as "The Nation's Summer Capital" requires someone who is people-oriented as well as service-oriented. 

Candidates must be 21, a U.S. citizen and high school graduate, have or obtain a Delaware driver's license, and meet health and physical fitness requirements. Check all of our qualifications to see if you're eligible.

Compensation & Benefits

The Rehoboth Beach Police Department is a great team! There are other excellent reasons to consider being part of our team.

Hiring Process

To ensure we're getting the best of the best, the police department's hiring process is rigorous. Expect a written exam, physical fitness test, interviews, background investigation, and psychological exam. Here are more details about the hiring process.

Communications Specialist (Dispatcher)

Apply today!

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City of Rehoboth Beach communications specialists take emergency and nonemergency calls from the public and share critical information with police officers as well as dispatch fire and ambulance calls.

Communications specialists must be able to remain calm in stressful situations; collect, process, synthesize, and relay critical information; and provide additional communication support services to emergency responders. Communications specialists must work rotating 12-hour shifts that include weekends, nights, and holidays. Starting salary for this position is $43,146 annually. Other benefits include participation in the city-sponsored 401K plan, availability of comprehensive health plans, paid holidays and overtime, generous vacation and sick leave, and more.

Qualifications
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and excellent command of English.
  • A self-starter with a positive attitude and ability to work tactfully with the public.
  • Ability to learn and interpret maps, multitask, and remain calm in stressful situations.
  • Proficiency in keyboarding skills.
  • Ability to operate the computer-aided dispatch/telecommunications system and learn and use codes, abbreviations, and terminology utilized in emergency communications.
  • Must be at least 18, a U.S. citizen and high school graduate, and possess a valid driver’s license.
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The hiring process includes a computer-generated exam that assesses skills related to multitasking, typing efficiency, map reading, decision-making, memory recall, and listening skills. The process also includes a panel interview, comprehensive background investigation that includes a voice-stress analysis exam, and interview with the police chief. Upon offer of employment, the applicant must pass both a physical and psychological exam as well as a drug test.

Interested individuals should complete and submit the communications specialist application:

Completed, typed applications may be mailed, hand delivered, or scanned and emailed to:

Rehoboth Beach Police Department
Attn: Marion Jones – Office of the Chief of Police
229 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Emailed application packets must be signed, scanned, and sent to [email protected]; no electronic signatures will be accepted. Positions remain open until filled.

Seasonal Police Cadets

Start your law enforcement career with the Rehoboth Beach Police Department
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Rehoboth Beach cadets assist visitors

Rehoboth Beach Police Department cadets go places: Former cadets now work at law enforcement agencies across the country, including the FBI, DEA, Border Patrol, Secret Service, and Delaware State Police. We hire only the top candidates, those who possess the highest degree of judgment, maturity, integrity, and credibility, to help serve and protect the Nation's Summer Capital.

There are lots of great reasons to kickstart your law enforcement career in Rehoboth Beach:

  • competitive wages: at least $17.50/hour in your first year with experience-based increases in consecutive years (find more information about compensation and benefits)
  • gain experience and earn valuable references for future law enforcement employment
  • get paid while being trained
  • housing stipend up to $1,000 for those who are eligible
  • work with and be mentored by full-time officers
  • all uniforms and equipment are provided
  • the Nation's Summer Capital is your workplace!

Qualifications and requirements

The application deadline for the 2023 season is April 7. In order to be eligible to be hired by the Rehoboth Beach Police Department, cadet candidates must:

  • be at least 19 by June 1, 2023
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  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be a high school graduate
  • possess a valid driver's license
  • have no felony or domestic violence convictions
  • submit a completed application
  • pass a written examination and modified background investigation.

Additional qualifications
Hiring process

All applications are due by April 7 and must be typed. Upon completion, all application packets must be mailed, hand delivered, or scanned and emailed to:

Rehoboth Beach Police Department
Attn:  Marion Jones – Office of the Chief of Police
229 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

All emailed application packets must be signed, scanned, and sent to [email protected]. No electronic signatures will be accepted. 

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Rehoboth Beach police officers and cadets serve the resort community's citizens and many visitors

Questions? Email or call Marion Jones at 302-227-2577.

Training sessions are mandatory

Candidates who are conditionally hired must attend all required training sessions. (Remember, you'll be getting paid while being trained.)  Training dates for the 2023 season are:

  • April 21-23
  • April 28-30
  • May 5-7
  • May 12-14 (for bike officers)

RBPD made a difference in launching these law enforcement careers

“Immediately after graduating from college, I was hired by the Delaware State Police. I already had some police experience from working with RBPD, and I know it better prepared me for the transition from the police academy to field training to working on my own.” - Det. Jessica Mitchell, Delaware State Police

“Being a seasonal police officer with the Rehoboth Beach Police Department was a great learning experience and molded me into the officer I am today.” - Ofc. Jennifer Ceja, University of Delaware Police

“The time spent as a seasonal officer for the Rehoboth Beach Police Department was the most rewarding in my life and solidified my career choice as a police officer.” - Ofc. Dominic Scarpone, Middletown Police Department

“I credit the training and experience I gained from seasonal employment with the Rehoboth Beach Police Department for establishing the foundation for a successful career. Thank you, RBPD.” - Lt. Col. Daniel K. Meadows, Delaware State Police

"As a seasonal officer with the Rehoboth Beach Police Department, I was able to work alongside full-time officers, and gained the experience and fundamentals necessary to confidently start a full-time career in law enforcement.” - Deputy Alyson Jackson, Cecil County Sheriff’s Office

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