Civil Service Law Chapter 31, section 58, permits cities and towns to ask that residents be placed on entry-level police officer lists before non-residents. A resident is a person who has lived in the same city or town for the full year before the date of the examination. Cities and towns may opt for other residency requirements. Please check with the specific city or town.
Municipalities in bold italic are under the Federal Consent Decree
No Upper Age Limit
Abington, Agawam, Amesbury, Athol, Attleboro, Auburn, Avon, Barnstable, Bellingham, Beverly, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton, Brookline, Cambridge, Carver, Charlton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Clinton, Cohasset, Danvers, Duxbury, E. Bridgewater, E. Longmeadow, Everett, Fairhaven, Fall River, Falmouth, Foxborough, Framingham, Gardner, Greenfield, Halifax, Hanover, Holden, Holyoke, Hull, Kingston, Lancaster, Lawrence, Leicester, Lexington, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Marshfield, MBTA Transit, Medfield, Medford, Medway, Melrose, Millbury, Milton, Montague, Needham, New Bedford, Newburyport, Northbridge, Norwell, Oxford, Palmer, Peabody, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Rockland, Salem, Salisbury, Sandwich, Saugus, Scituate, Somerville, Springfield, Stoughton, Tewksbury, Wakefield, Waltham, Webster, W. Bridgewater, Whitman, Winchendon, Winthrop, Woburn
Upper Age Limit: 31 years old or younger as of the last date to apply for examination
Acushnet, Arlington, Ashland, Bedford, Chelmsford, Dalton, Dartmouth, Dracut, Easton, G. Barrington, Hingham, Ipswich, Lynnfield, Malden, Marblehead, Methuen, North Andover, Norton, Raynham, Southbridge, South Hadley, Stoneham, Ware, Watertown, W. Springfield, Westfield, Westford, Wilmington
Upper Age Limit: 31 years old or younger as of the original examination date
However, if you are a qualified veteran either still in or released from the military, you may add up to a maximum of four years of service time to your age but must have not yet reached your 36th birthday as of the date of the exam.
Andover, Belmont, Billerica, Bourne, Canton, Dedham, Fitchburg, Gloucester, Haverhill, Holbrook, Leominster, Middleborough, Natick, Newton, Plainville, Plymouth, Randolph, Shrewsbury, Swampscott, Taunton, Wareham, Weymouth, Winchester, Worcester, Wrentham
Upper Age Limit: 39 years old or younger as of the original examination date
No longer under civil service
Acton, Adams, Burlington, Easthampton, Framingham, Franklin , Grafton, Hudson, Lee, Lexington, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mansfield, Marlborough, Maynard, Milford, Millis, North Adams, North Attleboro, North Reading, Norwood, Orange, Plainville, Provincetown, Reading, Rockport, Sharon, Sudbury, Uxbridge, Walpole, Wayland, Webster, Wellesley, Westwood, Williamstown
For more information on becoming a police officer in cities and town not covered by Civil Service, please contact those police departments directly or visit Municipal Police Training Committee.