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This Guide provides an overview of the fulltime Recruit Officer Course, the student officer candidate’s eligibility and requirements to securing a seat. These requirements apply to all student officer candidates.
The Recruit Officer Course is a comprehensive 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.
Candidates accepted into a police academy must:
The recruit training program is designed to be rigorous and challenging. In an effort to prevent injuries and to prepare student officers for successful training and careers, the MPTC is committed to optimizing the opportunity for all student officers to fully benefit from and to be successful in completing the recruit Health and Wellness program. In order to meet these goals, student officers must know what to expect ahead of time and must prepare well in advance of the first day of the academy. The most significant factors in this preparation are: weight control, aerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. The candidate should download the MPTC Health and Wellness Guide to assist h/she in preparing for the academy.
When a start date is advertised at a police academy, potential student officer candidates should begin the process to enroll by scheduling the Comprehensive Medical and Physical Ability Test. If your interest is to attend an MPTC Authorized Academy you must coordinate directly with the authorized academy. At this time it is not a requirement to send an application packet to the MTPC when attending either of the MPTC Authorized Academies.
For consideration, a complete Application Packet must be received by MPTC's Basic Recruit Officer Training Coordinator.
A complete Application Packet includes:
There is a ranking policy for acceptance in an MPTC operated academy. Seats are filled in the following order:
Within each priority ranking, seats will be secured on a first come/first served basis. At 30 days prior to a scheduled academy, the enrollment will be locked and seats will be secured utilizing the above ranking system. Thirty-days prior to the start date of a MPTC-operated academy, the MPTC will notify departments and candidates as to the status of their completed application.