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Student Trooper Program

The American Legion, Department of Massachusetts, Inc. sponsors a Student Trooper Program in cooperation with the State Police Academy annually.

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The Student Trooper Program is designed to give an opportunity to understand what jobs in law enforcement look like, what's involved in our training, and to expose those interested to the everyday demands that a career in law enforcement entails.

This program is an intensive 1-week residential learning experience held at the State Police Academy located in New Braintree. Training itself is mentally and physically demanding with a focus on discipline to prepare those who are interested in law enforcement. Vigorous physical training, including running and calisthenics, is required. Days start at 5:30 a.m. and end at 10 p.m. daily with candidates expected to be highly motivated and willing to work as teams to succeed in daily challenges.

Led by veteran trainers from the Massachusetts State Police, the curriculum involves both classroom and hands-on training in topics such as:

  • First Aid/CPR
  • Criminal Law
  • Officer Safety
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Safe Driving
  • Leadership
  • Internet Safety
  • Team Building
  • Physical Fitness

Student Troopers will also be exposed to demonstrations by specialized units of the Massachusetts State Police, such as the K9 Unit or Air Wing.

Completion of the program is designed to instill a sense of accomplishment in graduates and give valuable lessons.


This program is open to high school students ages 15-17 that are in good scholastic standing. They must be of demonstrated good moral character and present a well-groomed appearance with hair neatly trimmed (ex: males must be clean shaven) in accordance with policies of the State Police Academy.

Due to the rigorous training and stress involved, those requiring special diets or having special physical needs cannot be accommodated and cannot be accepted. Otherwise, the program is open to all, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, or nationality.

Participants must complete the application by the date listed. Additionally, as part of the application process, a physical examination will be required. A medical form requiring a doctor's signature will be required upon your acceptance to the program.



340 West Brookfield Road
New Braintree, MA 01531