Eligibility requirements to attend ALL full-time police academies

Enrollment requirements to register for an MPTC or MPTC authorized basic full-time police academies.

Minimum Requirements for All Student Officers 

Minimum age requirement 21 years of age
Employed or sponsored by a municipal, Environmental, or University of Massachusetts police department Yes
Comprehensive Medical Exam* Yes
Physical Ability Test (PAT) Yes
MPTC Full-time Police Academy Application (includes MPTC Waiver and Release) Yes
Full medical coverage for the duration of the police academy Yes
Cruiser for one-week of defensive driving** Yes

*The Municipal Police Training Committee’s policy requires the student officer's comprehensive medical exam to have been completed within nine-months of the start of the police academy but they must still be valid (unexpired) on the start date of an academy.

**If your sponsoring department will not provide a cruiser, you are required to have made arrangements previous to submitting your application.

What you should know

  • Sponsorship:  In order for you to attend a police academy, you must be hired or sponsored by a chief of police in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You must obtain this sponsorship yourself if you are not hired.
  • Employment: If you are not hired, sponsorship does not guarantee employment with the sponsoring department or any other agency.  
  • Health Insurance:  You will be required to have full medical coverage starting the first day. It will be the responsibility of the sponsoring chief to verify insurance coverage as verified in the MPTC application.
  • Tuition: Tuition is $3,000.00 per student officer, due 7 days prior to the start of the police academy.
  • Firearms: Firearms and ammunition are not included in tuition.
  • Required Equipment: Tuition does not include required equipment and gear listed on the MPTC Standard Equipment List.

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