The Reserve/Intermittent Police Officer
Reserve/Intermittent Police Officers are critical to the community policing efforts of many municipal police departments. With many departments lacking sufficient staff to provide the services their citizens expect and many of them feeling the pinch of budget constraints, reserve/intermittent officers are an important asset. Departments utilize these officers to perform many tasks. They assist with special events; they work shifts when veteran officers are sick or on vacation; they augment the force in times of crisis; and they perform many other vital functions for the community. Departments also use their reserve/intermittent programs as a means of evaluating the potential of a future police officer before they are hired full time and sent to recruit officer training. Moreover, many men and women who are interested in becoming police officers opt to become reserve officers first to make sure of their career choice and to better position themselves for a full time position.
Regional Police Training OrganizationsThis course is a minimum of 345.5 hours administered by regional police training organizations (listed below) 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.
B.L.E.C. Reserve/Intermittent Recruit Officer Course held at the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department.
C.M.C.O.P.A. Reserve/Intermittent Recruit Officer Course operated through the Boylston Police Academy.
M.L.E.T.A. held at Essex Cty. Sheriff's Department H.Q.
M.V.C.O.P.A. Reserve/Intermittent Recruit Officer Course.
N.E.L.E.T.C. Reserve/Intermittent Recruit Officer Course is located in Melrose and serves Suffolk, Middlesex and Norfolk Counties.
N.E.R.P.I. Reserve/Intermittent Recruit Officer Course located at Middlesex Community College, Bedford, MA.
P.C.P.C.A. Reserve/Intermittent Recruit Officer Course operated through the Plymouth Police Academy.
S.E.M.P.T.A. held at Swansea Police Department
S.S.P.I. Reserve/Intermittent Recruit Officer Courses in Foxboro.
W.M.C.O.P.A. based at the MPTC Western Mass Police Academy.