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Entry-level Police Academy Training

Prior to exercising police powers in the Commonwealth, individuals must successfully complete the prescribed course of study for basic police training authorized by Municipal Police Training Committee.

The Municipal Police Training Committee sets the standards for basic police training for candidates hired by individual police departments throughout the Commonwealth. Those police departments submit applications their employee (or sponsored candidate) to our authorized recruit academies. Hiring practices vary by departments and certain departments, operating by Civil Service, must follow a selection process set forth by statute while those departments not covered by civil service are free to design their own testing and selection process.

Several departments employ part-time “reserve” police officers. As with full-time officers, the hiring or sponsorship decision rests solely with the employing or sponsoring agency. Those classes are held evenings and weekends and are administered by Chiefs of Police Associations throughout the Commonwealth.

We suggest that you contact Civil Service or your local police department to discuss the hiring process within that community.

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Operated through Dalton MA Police Department

Operated through the Boylston Police Academy, Boylston, MA

Operated through the Hampden County Sherriffs Department, Ludlow, MA

Operated at 460 Boston St #5, Topsfield, MA

Operated at Suffolk County Sheriff’s Academy, 180 Crescent Ave., Chelsea, MA

Operated at 101 Merrimack Street, Haverhill, MA

Operated through the Plymouth Police Academy, 24 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA

Located at 35 Neponset Avenue, Foxboro, MA

Operated through Acushnet Police Department, 130 Main St., Acushnet, MA


Western Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association Contact Western Mass Chiefs of Police Reserve/Intermittent Program 

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