Recruit Officer Course Overview

The Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC), an agency of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), serves the Commonwealth by establishing standards and providing training to full and part-time police officers throughout the Commonwealth.  The scope of this training ranges from an intense, 20+-week basic training program for full-time entry-level municipal, University of Massachusetts, and Environmental Police officers.  Reserve/Intermittent (part-time) police officers of municipal, University of Massachusetts, and Environmental Police receive a 345.5-hour (additional 20 hours firearms training if armed) entry-level training program administered by regional police training organizations under contract with the MPTC at various locations throughout the Commonwealth.  Recruit Officer Courses are also open to new officers from agencies outside of the MPTC’s mandate on a space-available basis.  The MPTC also approves recruit academies run by municipal police departments statewide. 

Full-time Police Academy

This course is an intense 20 plus week basic training program for newly hired full-time entry-level municipal, University of Massachusetts, and Environmental Police Officers.

Reserve/Intermittent Police Academy

This course is a minimum of 345.5 hours administered by regional police training organizations at various locations throughout the Commonwealth.  (An additional 20 hours of MPTC-certified firearms training is required if the officer will be armed with a firearm.)