The January edition opens with the Colonel's Message and includes articles on the dedication of the Accelerant and Explosive Detection K9 Memorial, Taser Deployment within the Department and the Commonwealth's transfer of the former Grafton Barracks to the Massachusetts State Police Museum & Learning Center. The back cover contains information on the upcoming exam for those interested in becoming a Massachusetts State Trooper.
Police Officer Examination
Interested in becoming a Massachusetts State Trooper?
The Massachusetts State Police announces the combined entrance exam for those interested in joining the Massachusetts State Police. Applicants can apply to be considered for positions as a Municipal or Transit Officer and as a State Police Trooper. The application deadline is February 21, 2017. The written examination date is March 25, 2017. See below for more information on the application, examination and entrance requirements for each position.
Click here to download or print the PDF: Police Entrance Exam 2017
Celebrating 150 Years of State Policing 1865 - 2015
On Saturday May 16, 2015, the Massachusetts State Police proudly celebrates its 150th anniversary as the oldest state police agency in the United States.
In the 1800's the common title for police officers was constable. The Massachusetts State Police traces its origins directly through legislature to the Massachusetts State Constabulary, the first statewide police agency in the nation. The creation of the State Constabulary was signed into law on May 16, 1865 by Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrews. The establishment of a State Police Force in 1865 was unprecedented in this country, but the Massachusetts legislation creating the statewide force would eventually be adopted in various forms throughout our great nation. In fact, 49 States currently have a state policing agency, with Hawaii being the only exception as the Sherriff's Division of the Hawaii Department of Public Safety provides the statewide police services.
There are different forms of State Police Agencies across the country today. Eighteen states use a Highway Patrol, with a primary function of, in accordance with their name, patrolling the highways. Seven states use a State Patrol, with a primary role of traffic enforcement, but in most states, duties are broadened to assisting with prison riots and other large scale support within the state. Twenty-two states use the term State Police, which most often encompasses a full service police agency with a broad range of specializations. Some of the State Police Agencies do more, or in some cases less, than what is provided here as a general overview.
To read more about the history of the Massachusetts State Police, click the link in the slideshow above, or the link above.