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In general, you can apply for public safety exams, police, fire, corrections, etc., if you are 19 years old as of the date of the exam.
Note: You need to be 21 years old to be appointed as a police officer. Civil Service Law Chapter 31, Section58
Some municipalities have an upper age limit of 32 years old as of the last date to file an application. Civil Service Law Chapter 31, Section 58
Some municipalities have an upper age limit of 32 years old as of the date of the exam. Civil Service Law Chapter 31, Section 58A. However, a veteran recognized by Civil Service, either still in or released from the military, may add up to a maximum of four years of service time to your age (to a maximum age of 36) and still be eligible for appointment in municipalities that have accepted Civil Service Law Chapter 31, Section 58A.
Other municipalities have no upper age limit for new hires for police officers and firefighters. These communities that had no upper age limit because they had accepted other earlier legislation. Please contact the municipality in which you are interested in working to determine the community's age restrictions.
You should also take this information into account as you decide on the communities in which you wish to work.
Boston has accepted the provisions of Chapter 43 of the Acts of 2007 of the Massachusetts General Laws, and only accepts police officer candidates who have not reached their fortieth birthday as of the date of the exam.