APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED

FOR THE 2011

POLICE OFFICER
CITIES & TOWNS and MBTA TRANSIT POLICE

EXAMINATION



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OPEN COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION

EXAM DATE: APRIL 30, 2011

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2011 *

EXAMINATION FEE: $100

*PLEASE NOTE: There will be an additional $50 dollar processing fee for applications filed after this date. Applications WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED after APRIL 1, 2011.

This examination is being held to establish an eligibility list from which to fill Police Officer vacancies in civil service cities & towns and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The eligibility list may also be used to fill police officer vacancies in non-civil service jurisdictions.

NOTE: If you took the 2009 Police Officer examination for civil service cities & towns and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), eligibility will expire on March 16, 2012 in accordance with Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 31, Section 25. To ensure that you are eligible for appointment after that date, individuals should strongly consider taking the 2011 examination.

BEFORE APPLYING Applicants are required to read the entireexamination announcement.

· POLICE OFFICER CITIES & TOWNS and MBTA TRANSIT POLICE EXAM ANNOUNCEMENT doc format of    police_officer_6960_2011_04_30.doc  (.doc)

· (.pdf) - Updated 2/22/2011

· (.doc)

· ONLINE APPLICATION

EXAM FORMS INFORMATION

FOR ALL APPLICANTS CLAIMING VETERAN OR DISABLED VETERAN STATUS
If you are claiming status as a veteran or disabled veteran and it has not be approved by this office for a prior exam, please refer to our Verifying Veteran's Status & Preference area in the Veteran & Active Duty Military Applicant Information section of our website AND bring the required documentation with you to the site on the exam date.

FOR ALL APPLICANTS WITH OPTIONAL QUALIFICATIONS/CLAIMS
Optional Qualifications/Claims Form (WORD) doc format of    2011_po_optional_qualifications_claim.doc
(e.g. MDPH EMT License, 402A/402B Preference, 412 Preference, Language Fluency)
NOTE: If you already submitted this information for this examination when you filed your application on-line or entered it into SOARIS, you will not need to complete or submit the Optional Qualifications/Claims Form.





FOR 2011 POLICE OFFICER EXAM APPLICANTS CLAIMING EMPLOYMENT OR EXPERIENCE CREDIT
Instruction for Open Competitive Police Officer Employment or Experience Credit Information Sheet & Form(WORD) doc format of    instructions_for_open_competitive_rating_worksheet  PDF pdf format of    instructions_for_open_competitive_rating_worksheet

Open Competitive Police Officer Employment or Experience Credit Information Sheet & Form(WORD) doc format of    open_competitive_education_and_experience_rating_w  PDF pdf format of    open_competitive_education_and_experience_rating_w

For experience credit eligible applicants with prior employment or experience as a Police Officer or in a related title:

1. Complete claim form AND bring the completed form along with required supporting documentation to the exam site on exam day.
OR
2. Submit the completed form with required supporting documentation within 7 calendar days (May 7, 2011) by certified mail, with return receipt requested to the Human Resources Division, Civil Service Unit, One Ashburton Place, Room 301, Boston, MA 02108. Documents postmarked after May 7, 2009 will not be reviewed by this office.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Do I have to be a US Citizen to take the examination?
A: No, you do not have to be a US citizen to take the examination. However, you must be a US citizen to obtain a valid Massachusetts firearms permit/license.

Q: I took the 2009 Police Officer test. Do I have to take the 2011 Police Officer test?

A: If you want your name to remain on the Police Officer eligible list beyond March 16, 2012, you must take the 2011 Police Officer test.

Q: I took the 2009 test for State Trooper; do I have to take the 2011 test if I still want to be a State Trooper?

A: No, the eligible list for State Trooper will not be affected by the results of the 2011 Police Officer exam.

Q: I took the 2009 Police Officer test and plan to take the 2011 test. What happens to my 2009 Police Officer score?

A: If you take the 2011 Police Officer exam, your 2011 exam result will replace your 2009 exam result on the Police Officer list when the 2011 list becomes active on November 1, 2011.

Q: Is there an age requirement to take this examination?

A: Yes. To take this examination, you must be at least 21 years of age on or before April 30, 2011. While there is no upper age limit to take this examination, some departments accept only candidates who meet certain age requirements. Candidates are encouraged to review the age requirements of the before applying.

Q: Is there a minimum education requirement for this examination?

A: While there is no education requirement to take the examination, as of the date of appointment, candidates must have either:

· a high school diploma or equivalency certificate approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education OR

· three years experience in the armed forces of the United States with last release or discharge under honorable conditions.

Q: What do I need to do in order to claim residency preference in my city or town?

A: In accordance with Massachusetts General Law, residents are placed on the list above non-residents. To qualify for residency preference, a candidate must have lived in a city or town covered by civil service from April 30 th, 2010 until April 30 th, 2011. Candidates who apply online will be asked to provide this information as part of the application. Candidates who apply with a paper application must contact HRD to request a Residency Preference Claim Form.





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