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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.  Submissions must have all required prerequisites completed and included for consideration. Applicants are seated on a first come, first serve basis.  Incomplete submissions will be denied, allowing for the completion of the application. Seats cannot be held or reserved. Seating and available seating information is available and up to date on the Acadis Portal.  Waitlisted applicants will be invited to the assessments to backfill potential open seats.
  • 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.

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

Registration is available through the MPTC ACADIS Training Portal

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

ROC Academy classes are published in the Acadis Portal when open for registration.

Updated:  June 28, 2024 

Academy ROC Start DateApplication Deadline
(by 3:00 p.m.)
1st Pre-entrance
Orientation Graduation 
NECC - Haverhill6thMonday, Aug. 19, 2024Friday, July 12, 2024Wednesday, July 24, 2024Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2024Monday, Aug. 12, 2024Friday, Feb. 14, 2025
Plymouth77thMonday, Aug. 26, 2024Thursday, July 11, 2024Saturday, July 20, 2024Saturday, Aug. 3, 2024Friday, Aug. 9, 2024Friday, Jan. 31, 2025
Lynnfield 6thMonday, Sept. 9, 2024Friday, July 26, 2024Friday, Aug. 2, 2024Friday, Aug. 16, 2024Monday, Aug. 26, 2024Friday, Feb. 14, 2025
Holyoke4thMonday, Dec. 9, 2024Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2024Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2024Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2024Saturday, Nov. 16, 2024Friday, May 16, 2025

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