• Marylou Powers, Director of Training and Delivery

    Mailing Address: 6 Adams Street, Randolph, MA 02368
    Voice: 781.437.0302 / Fax: 781.963.0235 / E-mail: Marylou.Powers@MassMail.state.ma.us
     

Exemption

Upon petition to the Committee by an officer’s employing municipal, University of Massachusetts or Environmental police department,  a person appointed to serve as a full-time police officer in Massachusetts may be granted an exemption from the police academy training requirement in certain limited circumstances.  To qualify for such an exemption, the employing department shall provide to the Committee documentation of the officer’s successful completion of training that is substantially equivalent to or greater than that of a Massachusetts police officer at a comparable level of experience plus two years of municipal policing experience as described in 550 CMR §3.03 (1) (a).

The Petition for Exemption must be filed by the appointing authority of the employing department and include the following documentation:

  • Current certification in CPR and First Aid
  • Current qualification in Use of Firearms by an MPTC Certified Instructor
  • Certificate of completion of Basic Recruit Training
  • Basic Recruit Training curriculum
  • Current resume

Temporary Waiver

 In the event of a documented public safety emergency or other exigent circumstance, a person appointed to serve as a full-time police officer in Massachusetts of a municipal, University of Massachusetts or Environmental police department may be granted a temporary training waiver for a period not to exceed 270 days. To qualify for such a waiver, the employing department shall provide documentation of the officer’s current certification in first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) pursuant to G.L. c. 111, § 201; current qualification in the use of firearms as certified by a Committee-approved firearms instructor; successful completion of the reserve/intermittent training program, and documentation that the officer has obtained a minimum of one year of law enforcement experience since completion of the reserve/intermittent training program.  During the 270-day waiver period, the officer shall become enrolled in and commence attendance at a police academy.

Again, this Petition for Exemption must be filed by the appointing authority of the employing agency and include the following documentation:

  • Current certification in CPR and First Aid
  • Current qualification in Use of Firearms by an MPTC certified instructor
  • Successful completion of the training requirement for persons appointed as reserve or intermittent police officers
  • Reason (cite nature of public safety emergency or other exigent circumstance.)
  • Current resume

Advisory Letter

A person who has been employed as a police officer in another state and is being hired in Massachusetts by a municipal, University of Massachusetts or Environmental police department may qualify for a Exemption from recruit training.  In order to determine whether they might qualify for this, an individual may request an Advisory letter.

To request such a letter, an individual needs to submit the following paperwork to the Exemptions Coordinator for review:

  • Copy of the Basic Recruit Curriculum of the academy they attended
  • Breakdown of course titles and course hours
  • Total hours of curriculum
  • Copy of graduation certificate
  • Current resume

An Advisory letter will be provided to the transferring police officer and will contain a statement that would suggest a favorable or unfavorable Exemption would be forthcoming. This letter could be forwarded to a police department chief and/or the appointing authority, who would apply for a Exemption on behalf of the police officer.