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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 through the MPTC ACADIS Training Portal

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

Academy  ROC  Start Date Application Deadline
(by 3:00 p.m.)
1st Pre-entrance
Orientation  Graduation 
Holyoke 3rd Monday, May 13, 2024 Wednesday, March 20, 2024 Wednesday, April 3, 2024 Wednesday, April 17, 2024 Saturday, April 20, 2024 Friday, Oct. 18, 2024
Randolph 20th Monday, June 10, 2024 TBD TBD TBD TBD Friday, Dec. 13, 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, July 16, 2024 Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2025
Plymouth 77th Monday, Aug. 26, 2024 Thursday, July 11, 2024 Saturday, July 20, 2024 Saturday, Aug. 3, 2024 Friday, Aug. 9, 2024 Friday, Jan. 31, 2025
Lynnfield  6th Monday, Sept. 9, 2024 Friday, July 26, 2024 Friday, Aug. 2, 2024 Friday, Aug. 16, 2024 Monday, Aug. 26, 2024

Friday, Feb. 14, 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.


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