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MPTC Full-time Police Academies

The Recruit Officer Course (ROC) is an entry-level training curriculum for new full-time police officers.

Successful completion of the recruit officer course (ROC) curriculum is required under M.G.L. Chapter 41 §96B to be a sworn municipal, University of Massachusetts, or environmental police officer in the Commonwealth. The ROC is organized into three (I-III) volumes with multiple subtopics. The ROC takes 20 weeks to complete and covers 21st century policing best practices with specific emphasis on the following core principles:

  • problem solving
  • procedural justice
  • ethical decision making
  • fair and impartial policing

Physical Requirements

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. Download the
MPTC Health and Wellness Fitness Preparation Guide to assist with preparing to attend the police academy.

Minimum Requirements

Student officers must (1) be a minimum of 21 years old; (2) be employed or sponsored by a municipal, Environmental, or University of Massachusetts police department or other law enforcement department authorized by the Committee; and (3) successfully complete the Massachusetts Human Resource Division's Physical Ability Test (PAT) and medical examinations.


MPTC ROC Police Academy Schedules

  • All student officers must meet the eligibility requirements to enroll.
  • Tuition is $3,200.00. Learn more about student officer tuition and payments for MPTC-operated police academies.
  • All police academies operate daily Monday through Friday. There are no dormitories.
  • Registration:  Log into the MPTC Acadis Portal to register at an MPTC Police Academy.  ROC Academy classes are published in the Acadis Portal when open for registration.

Note: Below is a list of upcoming MPTC ROC academies and may not reflect the true number of seats available that is representative in Acadis. To register, please see the Recruit Officer Course Acadis Registration Guide for Departments

  • All medical and PAT exams must be valid on Day One of the academy.
  • It is the Department's responsibility to ensure these exams are up to date.

Registration is available on the MPTC ACADIS TRAINING PORTAL

MPTC-operated Full-time Police Academy Start Dates (Dates may be subject to change.)

Academy  ROC  Start Date Application Deadline
(by 3:00 p.m.)
1st Pre-entrance
Orientation  Family Night Graduation 
Lynnfield 5th Monday, Feb. 12, 2024 Friday, Jan. 5, 2024 Friday, Jan. 12, 2024 Friday, Jan. 26, 2024 Friday, Feb. 2, 2024   Friday, Aug. 2, 2024
Plymouth 76th Monday, Feb. 26, 2024 Friday, Jan. 12, 2024 Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024 Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024 Friday, Feb. 9, 2024   Friday, Aug. 2, 2024
Holyoke 3rd Monday, May 13, 2024 Wednesday, March 20, 2024 Wednesday, April 3, 2024 Wednesday, April 17, 2024 Saturday, April 20, 2024 Monday, June 3, 2024 Friday, Oct. 18, 2024
Boylston 34th Monday, July 8, 2024 Thursday, May 30, 2024 Thursday, June 6, 2024 Thursday, June 20, 2024 Monday, June 24, 2024   Friday, Dec. 13, 2024
NECC - Haverhill 6th Monday, July 29, 2024 Friday, June 14, 2024 Wednesday, June 26, 2024 Wednesday, July 10, 2024 Tuesday, June 16, 2024   Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2025


ROC Academy classes are published in the Acadis Portal when open for registration.  All applications for enrollment are done through the portal and must have all the required prerequisites completed and included for consideration. Applicants are seated on a first come, first serve basis.  Incomplete applications will be denied, allowing completion of the application.  Seats cannot be held or reserved.  Seating and available seating information is available and up to date on the Acadis registration portal.  Waitlisted applicants will be invited to the assessments to backfill potential open seats.


Additional Resources

Contact for MPTC Full-time Police Academies

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