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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 MPTC is a state agency charged with providing training to municipal, University of Massachusetts and Environmental police officers throughout the Commonwealth. This training consists of both full-time recruit basic training and veteran officer training.

As a training agency, we do not “hire” or select those who attend our recruit academies. That decision rests solely with the individual police department. Those police departments submit applications to the MPTC to send their employee (or sponsored candidate) to MPTC Recruit Academies. Hiring practices vary from city to city and town to town. Civil Service departments 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/sponsorship decision rests solely with the employing/sponsoring agency. Those classes are held evenings and weekends and are administered by Chiefs of Police Associations.

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

Operated at 404 Middlesex Rd Ste 7, Tyngsborough, 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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