February 24, 2010 Update - Police Officer exam scores were mailed to exam-takers on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. The last date to appeal the experience score is Monday, March 15, 2010. Experience score appeals postmarked after Monday, March 15, 2010 will not be reviewed by this office.

February 12, 2010 Update - The marks for the 2009 Police Officer (Cities & Towns and MBTA Transit Police) and State Trooper (Department of State Police) will be released on Tuesday, February 16, 2010. Marks will be mailed, and available in the online .

Contrary to the practice used for the 2007 and 2008 Police Officer examinations, the marks for this examination will be released in whole numbers, rather than score bands. Candidates who took the 2008 Police Officer examination (Announcement # 8027) and whose eligibility remains in effect will receive an updated score letter in the near future.

The Human Resources Division will establish the eligible list for Police Officer (Cities & Towns and MBTA Transit Police) from eligible candidates from the 2008 and 2009 examinations on or about March 16 , 2010. At that time, candidates from the 2007 Police Officer examination (Announcement # 8580) who did not take and pass the 2009 Police Officer examination will no longer be eligible for appointment.

Candidates who elected to have their examination graded for State Trooper or for both Police Officer and State Trooper will receive a separate examination score for the State Trooper examination.

Last update: 02/24/2010 1:30 p.m. eastern


APPLICATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO BE ACCEPTED UNTIL APRIL 1, 2009 WITH AN ADDITIONAL $50 PROCESSING FEE (SEE BELOW)

POLICE OFFICER
CITIES & TOWNS and MBTA TRANSIT POLICE
&
TROOPER, MASSACHUSETTS DEPT. OF STATE POLICE

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APPLICATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO BE ACCEPTED UNTIL APRIL 1, 2009 WITH AN ADDITIONAL $50 PROCESSING FEE

OPEN COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION ANNOUNCEMENT

EXAMINATION DATE: APRIL 25, 2009

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 18, 2009 *

APPLICATION DEADLINE WITH LATE FEE: APRIL 1, 2009

EXAMINATION WITH LATE FEE: $150

*PLEASE NOTE: There will be an additional $50 dollar processing fee for applications received after this date. Applications WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED after APRIL 1, 2009.

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) and in non-civil service Trooper positions in the Massachusetts State Police Department. The eligibility list may also be used to fill police officer vacancies in non-civil service jurisdictions.

Applicants will have the option to have their exam results apply to one or both of the resulting eligible lists, Police Officer and Trooper, respectively.

BEFORE APPLYING it is recommended that applicants READ the ENTIRE examination announcement for information specific to the Police Officer & Trooper tests because requirements and preferences for the positions differ.

APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BE CAREFUL WHEN THEY FILE THEIR APPLICATION FOR THE EXAM BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CHANGE YOUR CHOICE AFTER THE EXAM IS HELD ON APRIL 25, 2009 AND THAT THERE ARE NO FEE REFUNDS UNLESS THE EXAM IS CANCELLED BY THE HUMAN RESOURCES DIVSION.








POLICE OFFICER
MUNICIPAL SERVICE AND MBTA TRANSIT POLICE EXAM INFO

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DUTIES

A Police Officer works under supervision to perform law enforcement duties, protecting life, property, and the civil rights of individuals. Primary duties include patrol; interacting with citizens to provide service and render assistance; and preparing and completing records, reports, and other paperwork documenting incidents for use in prosecution. A Police Officer is dispatched to crime and emergency scenes in response to reported violations, accidents, domestic disputes and abuses, and other incidents; carries out crime scene duties; makes arrests and performs search and seizure; conducts investigations; and interviews witnesses, suspects, and complainants.

SALARY

Each jurisdiction sets its own salary for Police Officer. Inquiries concerning salary should be directed to the appointing authority at the time of the employment interview.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
FOR POLICE OFFICER

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT

As of the date of appointment, applicants 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.

AGE REQUIREMENT

As of the posting of this notice, applicants must be at least 21 years of age on or before April 25, 2009 for all Police Officer civil service jurisdictions. (Please be advised that the list of communities is subject to change and inquiries about status changes should be directed to the communities in question.)

Candidates must also be younger than age 32 as of April 1, 2009, to be appointed as a Police Officer in the following civil service municipalities: Acton, Acushnet, Adams, Arlington, Ashland, Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, Dalton, Dartmouth, Dracut, Easthampton, Easton, Great Barrington, Hingham, Hudson, Ipswich, Leominster, Lynnfield, Malden, Manchester, Mansfield, Marblehead, Methuen, Milford, Newton, North Andover, North Attleboro, Norton, Orange, Raynham, Rockport, Southbridge, South Hadley, Stoneham, Sudbury, Ware, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Westfield, Westford, West Springfield, Williamstown, and Wilmington. Please be advised that these communities have not accepted the provisions of Chapter 32, Section 5A, of the Massachusetts General Law (MGL) pertaining to medical and physical fitness standards.

Candidates must be younger than age 32 as of April 25, 2009,(Chapter 31, section 58A of the MGL) to be appointed as Police Officers in the following civil service municipalities: Andover, Belmont, Bourne, Canton, Dedham, Falmouth, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holbrook, Marlborough, Natick, Norwood, Shrewsbury, Swampscott, Taunton, Walpole, Wareham, Westwood, Winchester, Worcester and Wrentham. Candidates seeking appointments in these communities are also subject to the provisions of Chapter 32, Section 5A of the MGL pertaining to medical and physical fitness standards.

Candidates for the Boston Police Department must be younger than age 40 as of April 25, 2009.

Candidates who are over age 32 and who meet certain medical and physical fitness standards are eligible for appointments as a Police Officer in the MBTA and in the following civil service communities: Abington, Agawam, Amesbury, Athol, Attleboro, Auburn, Avon, Barnstable, Bellingham, Beverly, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton, Brookline, Cambridge, Carver, Charlton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Clinton, Cohasset, Danvers, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, East Longmeadow, Everett, Fairhaven, Fall River, Foxboro, Framingham, Franklin, Gardner, Gloucester, Grafton, Greenfield, Halifax, Hanover, Holden, Holyoke, Hull, Kingston, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lee, Leicester, Lexington, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Marshfield, Maynard, Medfield, Medford, Medway, Melrose, Middleboro, Millbury, Millis, Milton, Montague, Needham, Newburyport, New Bedford, North Adams, Northbridge, North Reading, Norwell, Oxford, Palmer, Peabody, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Plainville, Plymouth, Provincetown, Quincy, Randolph, Reading, Revere, Rockland, Salem, Salisbury, Sandwich, Saugus, Scituate, Sharon, Somerville, Springfield, Stoughton, Tewksbury, Uxbridge, Wakefield, Waltham, Webster, West Bridgewater, Weymouth, Whitman, Winchendon, Winthrop and Woburn. In these communities, as current law requires, candidates will have to meet medical and physical fitness standards for appointment to Police Officer positions, and once hired, will be tested regularly during their employment to be sure that they meet certain medical and physical fitness standards. Copies of the medical standards are available for review at the Human Resources Division (HRD) website, under the Medical and Physical Standards section. Any questions about status changes should be directed to the communities in question.

SELECTION AND HIRING PROCESS

You must take and pass a written examination to be placed on the eligibility list for appointment as a Police Officer. Please review the publications regarding Appointment Process for entry level Police Officer for more information about the process.

CREDIT FOR EMPLOYMENT/EXPERIENCE AS A POLICE OFFICER

Pursuant to the provisions of section 22 of Chapter 31, individuals may apply to receive credit for employment or experience in the position title of Police Officer. Information on how to apply for this credit will be included with your notice to appear for the examination. On the day of the examination, you will be asked to provide specific details of any employment or experience you have in the examination title as the result of service on a city or town police force, including dates of service and number of hours worked per week. You must submit documentation supporting these claims. Please note, credit for employment or experience is applicable only to individuals who achieve a passing score on the written examination, and cannot be added to a failing written score in an attempt to achieve an overall passing score.

Applicants who pass the written examination AND receive a conditional offer of employment from a hiring department will be instructed on how to apply for the Physical Abilities Test and other screening processes: Questions about other qualifications should be directed to the city or town, or to the MBTA.

MEDICAL EXAM

Candidates must pass the medical examination before participating in the Physical Abilities Test. The Medical and Physical fitness standards are available for on-line review at Medical and Physical Standards section. In some municipalities, candidates may be required to pass both a medical examination and a psychological evaluation before appointment. Please be advised that the list of communities is subject to change and inquiries about status changes should be directed to the communities in question.

PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST (PAT)

All candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment will be instructed on how to schedule and take the PAT. The PAT is a test of the candidate's aerobic capacity and physical capability to perform various tasks required on the job. A separate fee (currently $150) is charged for the administration of the PAT. The PAT Training Guide is available on-line: Medical and Physical Standards section.

ACADEMY TRAINING

All candidates appointed as full-time police officers as a result of this examination will be required to successfully complete police academy training (MGL, Chapter 41, Section 96B). All inquiries regarding this training should be submitted in writing to the Municipal Police Training Committee, 484 Shea Memorial Drive, South Weymouth, MA 02190.

SMOKING PROHIBITION

In accordance with MGL, Chapter 41, Section 101A, candidates hired from the Police Officer eligible list resulting from this examination are prohibited from smoking tobacco products at the time of and after appointment.

CHARACTER

No person who has been convicted of a felony shall be appointed as a police officer. A candidate may be disqualified for evidence of character clearly unsuited for police services. Most cities and towns include a comprehensive background check as part of the selection process.

FIREARMS PERMIT

A candidate may need to obtain a valid firearms permit to qualify to be a police officer in Massachusetts.

DRIVER'S LICENSE

A candidate may need a valid Massachusetts motor vehicle operator's license before appointment by some police departments.

PRIVATE SCHOOL OR SERVICE

The Human Resources Division does not recommend or endorse any private school, service, or publisher offering preparation and/or publications for examinations and is not responsible for their advertising claims.

CLAIMS FOR PREFERENCE
FOR POLICE OFFICER

YOU WILL BE ADVISED AT THE EXAMINATION SITE HOW TO CLAIM ANY OF THE PREFERENCES LISTED BELOW.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE

If they first pass the entrance examination, veterans who qualify for preference pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 4, Section 7, Clause 43, will receive placement preference on the Police Officer eligible list. Please note that this is different from the preference given to candidates for state trooper positions. See the Veterans' Preference section of this examination announcement for more details.

PREFERENCE FOR THE CHILDREN OF CERTAIN POLICE OFFICERS/FIREFIGHTERS

The son or daughter of a Firefighter or Police Officer employed in Massachusetts who was killed or died of injuries received in the performance of duty, or who was permanently disabled as a result of injuries received in the performance of duty, is entitled to certification preference under the provisions of Chapter 402 of the Acts of 1985.

RESIDENCY PREFERENCE

If residency preference is requested by a municipality, applicants who have resided in that municipality for the entire twelve-month period immediately preceding the date of the examination are entitled to be placed on the eligible list for that community ahead of any non-residents. Applicants who have had a break in residence or have moved from one community to another within the twelve-month period preceding the date of the examination will not be entitled to claim residency preference in any community. Applicants will complete a residency preference claim form at the test site. Verification of residency will be made by the municipality.

RACIAL/ETHNIC PREFERENCE

Due to a federal consent decree, African-American (Black) and Hispanic applicants are given certification preference in a number of communities, whether or not they are residents of those communities. As of the printing of this notice, the following communities are included in this consent decree: Brockton, Chelsea, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, New Bedford, Randolph, Springfield, and Worcester. This list of communities is subject to change. The definition of Hispanic, for the purposes of the decree, includes any person born in a Spanish-speaking country or any person who grew up in a household in which the predominant language spoken was Spanish .

SELECTIVE CERTIFICATION FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS

If a position in a hiring department requires that a Police Officer hold Emergency Medical Technician certification at the Basic, Intermediate, or Paramedic level prior to appointment, the local appointing authority may request that competition for that vacancy be limited to persons holding such certifications. On the date of the examination, you will have the opportunity to register as a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Proof of possession of a current certification as an Emergency Medical Technician, issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services must be submitted in order to qualify for this selective certification. Although you may supply this proof at any time during the life of the eligible list, it is recommended that you submit it at the time of the examination so that you do not miss out on a potential opportunity.

SELECTIVE CERTIFICATION FOR BILINGUAL POLICE OFFICERS

If a position in a hiring department requires that a Police Officer be fluent in a second language (e.g., Spanish, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, etc.), the local appointing authority may request that candidates for that position be limited to persons who have such skills. You will have the opportunity at the exam site to indicate the language(s) other than English in which you are fluent. You will need to prove your language fluency at the time of appointment.

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TROOPER, MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE TEST INFORMATION

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POSITION REQUIREMENTS
FOR TROOPER

To be considered for appointment as a trooper, applicants must pass an entrance examination. An Examination Preparation Guide is available for download on the HRD website.

Candidates for appointment must meet the following requirements:

  • High school diploma or G.E.D
  • Ability to obtain a valid Massachusetts firearms license
  • At least 21 years old and less than 35 years old by April 1, 2009
  • Must pass a thorough background investigation prior to employment. No person who has been convicted of a felony or any offense punishable under M.G.L. Chapter 94C (drug law violations); or has been convicted of a misdemeanor and has been confined to any jail or house of correction as punishment for said crime, will be considered for employment.
  • Must pass a physical fitness test
  • Must pass a medical examination
  • Must pass a psychological examination
  • Must successfully complete swimming requirements
  • Must be a United States Citizen upon appointment to the State Police Academy
  • Must have a Massachusetts driver's license prior to graduating from the Academy
  • Must be a Massachusetts resident prior to graduating from the Academy
  • Must not smoke any tobacco product.

ACADEMY TRAINING

Recruits must successfully complete six months of mentally and physically challenging training at the State Police Academy in New Braintree, Massachusetts, which is located approximately 70 miles west of Boston. Recruits live at the Academy Monday through Friday in a strict paramilitary environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Specific duties of a Trooper include the following: patrolling assigned areas, investigating motor vehicle accidents, following up on complaints, investigating felonies and other crimes, issuing traffic citations, obtaining and safeguarding evidence, testifying in court, rendering and summoning medical aid, directing traffic, conducting arrests, community policing and engaging in crime prevention and reduction measures.

WORK ASSIGNMENTS

A new Trooper is not eligible to bid for a station assignment and therefore can be assigned to any duty station within the state.

DUTIES

Perform the vital public services of preserving the public peace and providing protection and assistance to citizens by enforcing criminal and motor vehicle laws, rules and regulations, investigating suspected motor vehicle violations, public disturbances and other misdemeanors and felonies by stopping motor vehicles or persons, by observing suspicious persons' activities or establishments, conducting aerial pursuits and searches for wanted or missing persons, performing underwater search and rescue missions, defusing crises involving hostages and suicidal individuals, utilizing canines in conducting searches to detect narcotics and or explosive devices, conducting criminal investigations, responding to emergency situations, testifying in court, and other related duties as required.

CLAIMS FOR PREFERENCE
FOR TROOPER

VETERANS' PREFERENCE

Applicant MUST first pass the entrance examination. Veterans who qualify for preference pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 4, Section 7, Clause 43, will have two points added to their raw score for trooper. Please note that this is different from the preference given to candidates for police officer positions. See the Veterans' Preference section of this exam announcement for more details.

PREFERENCE FOR SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF TROOPERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY

The son or daughter of any uniformed member who was killed or sustained injuries resulting in death while in the performance of duty, and who passes the entrance examination, shall have his or her name placed on the eligible list for initial appointment ahead of any candidates without this preference.

Chapter 22C, Section 11: If you are the son or daughter of a uniformed member of the State Police who was killed or sustained injuries in the line of duty which resulted in the member's death, you may qualify for preference under Section 11 of Chapter 412 of the Acts of 1991. For these purposes, a uniformed member shall mean members of the Division of State Police of the Department of Public Safety, Metropolitan Police Department, Capitol Police or Division of Law Enforcement of the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE POLICE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Department of State Police and the Human Resources Division do not endorse any private school or services offering courses for this examination and are not responsible for any advertising claims of such businesses.

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ABOUT THE EXAMINATION

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You must take and pass a written examination to be placed on the eligibility list for appointment as a Police Officer or Trooper.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION

The written examination consists of three subtests: the Written Ability Test (WAT), the Life Experience Survey (LES), and the Work Styles Questionnaire (WSQ).

The WAT is administered to measure cognitive abilities that have been identified as essential to performing the duties of a Police Officer. The WAT includes areas of verbal expression, verbal comprehension, problem sensitivity, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, and information ordering.

The LES consists of a series of multiple-choice questions related to candidates' past history and experience of potential relevance to successful performance of entry-level police officers.

The WSQ is designed to assess certain motivational, value-related and attitudinal characteristics that are of potential relevance to successful performance of entry-level police officers.

An , which describes the written examination in more detail is available and posted in the Police Officer Exam Preparation & Appointment Process Information section and the Preparation Guide section.

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VETERANS' PREFERENCE
FOR POLICE OFFICER & TROOPER

  • Applicant MUST first pass the entrance examination. Veterans who qualify for preference pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 4, Section 7, Clause 43, will receive placement preference on the POLICE OFFICER eligible list. Disabled veterans place above veterans on the police officer list. See the covered by civil service.
  • Applicant MUST first pass the entrance examination. Veterans who qualify for preference pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 4, Section 7, Clause 43, will receive two points added to their raw score for TROOPER.

If you are claiming veterans' preference and if your eligibility for veterans' preference has not been approved before by HRD, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214 Member - 4 (Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty) in order to receive proper credit. Your notice to appear for the examination will indicate whether or not you are already classified as a veteran.

Qualifying service must have been in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or Air Force of the United States. Please note that active duty exclusively for training in the National Guard or Reserves does NOT qualify you for veterans' preference. Guard Members must have 180 days and have been activated under Title 10 of the U.S. Code - OR- if activated under Title 10 or Title 32 of the U.S. Code or Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 33, sections 38, 40, and 41, must have 90 days, at least one of which was during wartime, per the chart below. The Members' last discharge or release must be under honorable conditions.

If you are claiming veterans' preference, a copy of your DD Form 214 Member - 4 must be submitted at the exam site.

If you are still in military service, you must submit a verification letter from your commanding officer on official letterhead with appropriate signature and details of your military service to date, including the dates of full-time active duty, current assignment, and estimated time of separation.

**If you become eligible for this preference after the eligible list is established, you MUST submit a copy of your DD Form 214 Member - 4 or a service verification letter from your commanding officer on official letterhead with appropriate signature and details of your military service to date, including the dates of full-time active duty, current assignment, and estimated time of separation to:

  • the Human Resources Division, Civil Service Unit, One Ashburton Place, Room 301, Boston, MA 02108 for the Police Officer eligible list
  • the Dept. of State Police, Human Resources Section, 470 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01702 for the Trooper eligible list.

**Please note that if your exam results apply to both the Police Officer and Trooper eligible lists you MUST send the information to both of the aforementioned agencies.

DEFINITION OF MASSACHUSETTS VETERAN - M.G.L. CHAPTER 4, SECTION 7, CLAUSE 43To be a "veteran" under Massachusetts law, a person is required to have either 180 days of regular active duty service and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions OR 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day of which is during "wartime" and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions. A chart defining "wartime" service is available on-line on the Veterans' Services website. Claims for status as a disabled veteran require written confirmation from the US Veterans Administration of a continuing service-connected disability rated 10% or higher. Applicants wishing to claim status as disabled veterans will get the opportunity to claim such at the test site with further instructions to follow. (See Clause 43, Section 7 of Chapter 4 and Section 1 of Chapter 31 of the Massachusetts General Laws for a full definition of a qualifying veteran.)

If you become eligible for this preference after the date of the exam, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214 Member - 4 or a verification letter from your commanding officer on official letterhead with appropriate signature and details of your military service to date, including the dates of full-time active duty, current assignment, and estimated time of separation to the Human Resources Division, Civil Service Unit, One Ashburton Place, Room 301, Boston, MA 02108.

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CURRENT MILITARY PERSONNEL

ALL military personnel who, in connection with current service, CANNOT be in Massachusetts on April 25, 2009 should contact the Human Resources Division to request a make up examination.

To request a make up, you MUST:

  • file an application and processing fee by the last filing date;
  • request such accommodation in writing, with a copy of your military orders attached; include in your letter either your daytime base phone number or name and phone number of a Massachusetts resident with whom you are in regular contact;
  • contact the Human Resources Division within 6 months of discharge from the service to schedule an examination date.

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HOW TO APPLY

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If you are requesting that the fee for this examination be waived you must file a paper application along with a completed Fee Waiver Form.

APPLICATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO BE ACCEPTED UNTIL APRIL 1, 2009 WITH AN ADDITIONAL $50 PROCESSING FEE

ON-LINE APPLICATION

Apply On-line with a Visa or MasterCard at https://www.csexam.hrd.state.ma.us/hrd/

Applications will be accepted from November 14, 2008 through March 18, 2009 only. You may apply for this examination on-line, using a Visa or MasterCard, at the Human Resources Division website: https://www.csexam.hrd.state.ma.us/hrd/ until midnight on March 18, 2009. A confirmation number for each successful transaction will be issued to the applicant at the end of the on-line application process.

Applicants will have the option to have their exam results apply to one or both of the resulting eligible lists, police officer and trooper, respectively.

Applicants will have to select one of the following options when applying on-line. Applicants are reminded to carefully select their choice BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CHANGE YOUR CHOICE AFTER THE EXAMINATION IS HELD ON APRIL 25, 2009:

  • I want my exam results to apply for BOTH the Police Officer, Cities and Towns & MBTA Transit Police AND the Trooper, Massachusetts Department of State Police test.
  • I want my exam results to apply for the Police Officer, Cities and Towns & MBTA Transit Police test ONLY.
  • I want my exam results to apply for the Trooper, Massachusetts State Police test ONLY.

PAPER APPLICATION

Paper applications may be obtained at any State Police Barracks, city and town clerks' offices and civil service police stations across the state or at the Human Resources Division (HRD), Civil Service Unit, One Ashburton Place, Room 301, Boston, MA 02108, between 8:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. If you wish to have an application mailed to you, please call the Examination Hotline at the Human Resources Division at 617-878-9895 and leave a detailed voice-mail message that includes your address.

All completed paper applications must be returned by mail with the examination fee in the form of a bank check or money order OR with a completed fee waiver form and supporting documentation, or in person to: Human Resources Division, Civil Service Unit, One Ashburton Place, Room 301, Boston, MA 02108. Applications received or postmarked after March 18, 2009 will not be accepted. If you mail your application, send all correspondence by certified mail with "return receipt requested," if possible.

Paper applications must be accompanied by a bank check or money order made payable to The Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the amount of $100 dollars to cover the examination-processing fee authorized by the State Legislature. Personal checks or cash will not be accepted. Please print your name, address, social security number, and the examination announcement number on the front of the money order or certified bank check. There will be NO REFUNDS.

ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER

When filing a paper application applicants MUST enter the correct announcement number (YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBERS AFTER THE TEST IS GIVEN ON APRIL 25, 2009):

  • If you want your exam results to apply for BOTH the Police Officer, Cities and Towns & MBTA Transit Police AND the Trooper, Massachusetts Department of State Police test, use announcement number 8434. (Exam Title for item #11: Police Officer/Trooper )
  • If you want your exam results to apply for the Police Officer, Cities & Towns & MBTA Transit Police test ONLY, use announcement number 8265. (Exam Title for item #11: Police Officer )
  • If you want your exam results to apply for the Trooper, Massachusetts State Police test ONLY, use announcement number 8373. (Exam Title for item #11: Trooper )

FEE WAIVER

A waiver of the processing fee may be granted to applicants receiving state or federal public assistance, unemployment insurance or workers' compensation. If you intend to request a fee waiver, you must file a paper application; you may not file on-line. Fee waiver forms(RTF) rtf format of    Exam Fee Waiver Form  are available from and must be filed with the Massachusetts Human Resources Division, Examination Administration, One Ashburton Place, Room 301, Boston, MA 02108. Fee waiver forms(RTF) rtf format of    Exam Fee Waiver Form  MUST be submitted with the paper examination application, and must be accompanied by proof of eligibility, for the subject time period (12 months prior to the examination date), in the form of signed and dated receipts, check stubs and/or other documentation from the agency providing the assistance. If you are claiming a fee waiver, please make sure to fill in item #16 on your application.

EXAMINATION FEE

All applications must be accompanied by a money order, certified bank check, credit card payment, or by a completed fee waiver form. The examination-processing fee is $100 for applications received or postmarked by midnight March 18, 2009. The fee for applications filed after that date is $ 150. Applications will not be accepted after April 1, 2009. Payment by money order or bank check should be made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please print your name, address, social security number, and the examination announcement number on the front of the money order or certified bank check. Payments by Master Card and VISA are also accepted when applying via the web site or in person. NO CASH OR PERSONAL CHECKS.

SPANISH-SPEAKING APPLICANTS

You may take the examination in the Spanish language. If you do, you must, on the same day, take another written examination that tests your ability to read and understand English. If you wish to take the examination in the Spanish language, you must submit a separate letter requesting this along with your application and examination-processing fee or fee waiver form.

TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

If you need special testing accommodations due to a documented impairment such as a hearing, learning, physical, mental or visual disability and you are filing an on-line application, please check the box indicating that you are requesting such accommodation. If you are filing a paper application, fill in the circle in item 15 of your application. In both cases, forward a letter detailing what type of accommodation you require at the exam site. You must also include a letter of support from a qualified professional . Without such a letter, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to grant your accommodation. This information is requested only to provide reasonable accommodation for exams, and will not be used for any other purposes.

MAKE-UP EXAMINATION

With the exception of current military personnel who cannot be in Massachusetts on April 25, 2009, no applicant has a right to a make-up examination due to personal or professional conflicts on the testing date and applicants are advised to consider this BEFORE applying for the examination.

If you file an exam application by April 1, 2009, but are unable to appear for the exam on April 25, 2009 due to an emergency or unanticipated hardship, you may request a make-up examination by filing a written request with verifiable documentation to HRD no later than 7 calendar days from the original testing date. HRD reserves the right to approve or deny your request. HRD may require an additional examination-processing fee of $150.00 upon approval of your request.

REFUNDS

There will be NO REFUND of the examination-processing fee unless the examination is cancelled by HRD.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS

Applicants are responsible for notifying HRD in writing of any change of address after applying for the examination. Applicants may submit changes of address on-line at: , or by sending a written request, including former address, new address, effective date of new address, and social security number to HRD. Failure to keep your records up-to-date may jeopardize opportunities for employment.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Information about this examination can be obtained on the Internet at www.mass.gov/hrd or www.mass.gov/civilservice or by contacting the Human Resources Division Monday through Friday, One Ashburton Place, Room 301, Boston, MA, 02108, 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., except holidays, during these hours at the following numbers:

In the Boston area: (617) 727-3777
Outside the Boston area (within Mass. only) toll free: 1-800-392-6178
TTY Number: (617) 878-9762
FAX Number: (617) 727-0399
Exam Info Hotline: (617) 878-9895

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NOTICE TO APPEAR & EXAM FORM INFORMATION

Exam Forms & Notice to Appear (site assignment) Information

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AFTER THE EXAMINATION

SCORES



The Human Resources Division (HRD) is working to release the scores as soon as possible and apologizes for the delay. Exam scores will be mailed and posted to a candidates account. Candidates are encouraged to establish their on-line account and review their contact information for accuracy.

If you have never accessed SOARIS before you will need to as a first-time user.

If you have lost your account information you should visit our SOARIS UserID & Password Retrieval System.

Detailed information pertaining to the release of the exam scores will be posted on the Civil Service News and Updates page as it is becomes available.

APPEAL RIGHTS

Upon mailing of the examination results applicants have 17 calendar days to appeal their experience score for the 2009 Police Officer exam.

ELIGIBLE LIST - POLICE OFFICER

The eligible list is scheduled to be established on November 1, 2009. The Police Officer eligible list will be merged with the 2008 Police Officer examination results. Candidates will be able to see the rankings/standings for their selected employment location choices in SOARIS.

ELIGIBLE LIST - TROOPER

The State Trooper list will be maintained by the Department of State Police and candidates (whose results were for ONLY the Trooper eligible list) will no longer have access to the HRD Standings & On-line Applicant Record Information System (SOARIS).

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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 2007 Police Officer test must I take the 2009 Police Officer test?

A: If you want your name to remain on the Police Officer eligible list beyond October 31, 2009, yes, you must take the 2009 Police Officer test.

Q: I took the 2008 Police Officer test, do I have to take the 2009 test if I want to be a State Trooper?

A: Yes, if you are interested in becoming a State Trooper, you must take the 2009 exam.

Q: I do not want to lose my score from the 2008 Police Officer test because I scored well but I want to be on the 2009 State Trooper list, can you use my score from the 2008 exam for the 2009 State Trooper list?

A: No, you cannot use your exam score from the 2008 test to be on the State Trooper list. You must take the 2009 exam and request that your exam results from the 2009 apply ONLY to the State Trooper list. If you file on-line you will be prompted to make a choice and if you file with a paper application you will need to enter the appropriate announcement number on it.

Q: I took the 2008 Police Officer test and I do not want to be a State Trooper, do I need to take the 2009 test to remain on the Police Officer list.

A: No, if you took the 2008 test you may opt not to take the 2009 exam, since your eligibility from the 2008 exam will continue until October 2010 on the Police Officer eligible list.

Q: I took the 2008 Police Officer test and plan to take the 2009 test and have my score from the 2009 test apply to both the Police Officer and State Trooper lists. What happens to my 2008 Police Officer score?

A: If you take both the 2008 and 2009 Police Officer exams, your 2009 exam result will replace your 2008 exam result on the Police Officer list when the exam result 2009 list becomes active on November 1, 2009.

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