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Academy Rules and Regulations

Here you can learn about the Massachusetts State Police Academy's rules and regulations.

Rules and Regulations

Alcohol/Drugs: No person shall attend a class or meeting with the odor of alcoholic beverages on their breath. Possession or consumption of drugs or alcoholic beverages at the facility is prohibited, except for controlled drinking demonstrations at the Intoximeter Schools. Violation of this rule will result in immediate dismissal.

Attendance: You must notify the class supervisor if it is necessary to be absent for any reason from scheduled classes. Certificates may be withheld for students missing areas of instruction.

Attire: If you are attending programs sponsored by the Massachusetts State Police Academy, you must attend classes in the following acceptable attire:

Male personnel: 

  • official department uniform;

  • a suit or sports jacket with dress shirt and tie;

  • a sports shirt and sweater; or

  • slacks with coordinated open-collared shirt.

Female personnel: 

  • official department uniform;

  • a dress;

  • a skirt and blouse or sweater combination; or

  • slacks and coordinated blouse.

Blue jeans/dungarees are not considered acceptable attire. These may not be worn unless approved in advance by the instructor due to necessities of the training.

Conduct: While attending the facility, your conduct both on and off the campus reflects upon the Academy and your agency. Conduct unbecoming of an officer will be dealt with accordingly.

Dormitory Rooms: Linen shall be issued and signed for upon your arrival. Upon departure, you must strip the bed and hand in your linen. Cleanliness of dormitory rooms is the responsibility of each officer. Rooms are subject to periodic inspection. Towels are not provided.

Firearms: Firearms shall not be worn visibly in the facility or on campus unless the student is wearing a distinguishable police uniform or displaying his/her badge of office. Officers are encouraged to secure weapons in the firearms storage lockers located outside the mess hall. Firearms shall not be stored in the dormitory areas under any conditions.

Food and Drink: Food or drink may only be consumed in designated area and may not be consumed or kept in dormitory rooms.

Gambling: Gambling in any form is prohibited.

Loud Noises: Officers shall not engage in loud noises in the hallways and shall not use vulgar or unprofessional language or behavior.

Parking: Officers shall park their automobiles in the front parking area only. Parking in assigned areas is prohibited. All vehicles shall be secured.

Smoking: The Massachusetts State Police Academy prohibits smoking in all inside areas. Smoking is permitted only in designated outside areas. You must properly dispose of cigarette butts.

Telephone Calls: Coin operated telephones are provided in the front lobby and dormitory areas. All messages received by the Duty Officer shall be posted or delivered by staff personnel depending upon the urgency of the message. The Academy Duty Officer can be reached at (508) 867-1000.

Use of Gymnasium: When classes are not in session, you may use the gym and all equipment. However, you must do so at their own risk and in accordance with Academy guidelines. Gym shoes and appropriate clothing shall be worn at all times. No person shall use any Department fitness facility, unless a waiver form has been submitted.

Recruit Contact: The Academy's primary mandate is recruit training. The recruit academy must take precedence over all other activity at the facility. Recruits undergo weeks of strict paramilitary training. Academy students and guests shall not engage recruits in unnecessary conversation nor subject them to any harassment. Speaking to a recruit may cause problems for the recruit. All personnel are forbidden from the area of the recruit academy living quarters.

Infractions: Infractions of any of the above rules may result in dismissal from the training program and/or subsequent Academy programs. An incident report may be sent to the officer's agency. Any damage to the facility/equipment or failure to return Academy property will result in direct billing to the officer. A copy will also be sent to the officer's agency.

Please note: The State Police Academy is located in a very rural area in central Massachusetts. We ask that strict adherence to traffic regulations be maintained at all times.

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