All reserve/intermittent officers are required to attend a Reserve/Intermittent Recruit Officer training program prior to exercising police powers. The training standards are determined and set by the MPTC. Because they do not act as fulltime officers and are seldom charged with the total investigation of criminal activity, the reserve/intermittent officers receive less training than their fulltime counterparts. They are, however, required to conform to the same standards as fulltime officers with regard to integrity, professionalism, CPR/First Responder training, and knowledge of Massachusetts criminal law, as well as firearms proficiency standards for those officers who are armed. Although the curriculum is not as extensive as the fulltime recruit officer training program, the reserve/intermittent training is, nonetheless, designed to provide reserve/intermittent officers with the basic level of proficiency they need. The major differences between recruit officer training for fulltime police officers for reserve/intermittent officers is the number of hours devoted to the various subject areas and the elimination of subjects reserve officers are typically not expected to handle.

Currently, Reserve/Intermittent Police Officer Basic Training is offered at various locations around the Commonwealth. Most of the training takes place at night and/or on weekends. This is a direct reflection of the type of person who usually takes these positions. Most attendees have other jobs or are students trying to establish themselves in the law enforcement profession. With this in mind, the training must be given at a time that is viable and more convenient for the students.


In order to ensure that reserve/intermittent officers maintain their proficiency and stay current in all aspects of their job, the MPTC offers annual professional development training for them. This training is currently offered at each reserve/intermittent training site and is co-sponsored by the regional police training organizations and the MPTC.