The 800 Hour Curriculum Overview
The Recruit Officer Course is a comprehensive 800-hour/20-week training program. This course combines classroom instruction, practical exercises, and scenarios designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to excel in the police profession and be an asset to the community. This program emphasizes integrity, professionalism, and community service is under constant review to make sure topics are updated, to address emerging trends in policing, and to take advantage of technology. For example, large-screen computer simulations are used to teach and test force response. MPTC academies utilize municipal and state police officers as Staff Instructors. These outstanding police professionals act as role models and mentors to the student officers and guide them towards becoming exemplary officers.
The MPTC also approves recruit academies run by municipal police departments statewide. Upon graduation of MPTC and MPTC Approved Police Academies the student officer will have successfully completed the prescribed course of study for basic police training, to exercise police powers, as mandated by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 41, § 96B.
Police Academy Resources
- Police Academy Start Dates
Click this link to locate police academies offering entry-level training to become a police officer in Massachusetts.
- MPTC Health and Wellness Guide
To be successful in completing the Health and Wellness program student officers must know what to expect ahead of time and must prepare well in advance of the first day of the police academy. Download the MPTC Health and Wellness Guide to prepare for the academy.
How Do I
- Request Recruit Officer Training
- Schedule The Comprehensive Medical
- Schedule the PAT
- Apply For A Police Academy
Click this link for step-by-step instructions on how to apply to a full-time (800 hr.) police academy.
- Commonly Asked Questions
Answers to commonly asked questions regarding becoming a police officer, how to apply for a police academy, sponsorship and requirements.
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