Eligibility to become a State Trooper

Candidates are screened by strict requirements as listed below.

Requirements

To be considered for appointment, according to M.G.L. Chapter 22C, a candidate must:

  • Be at least 21 years old and no older than 34 years old on the last day of the application filing date
  • Possess a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate upon appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or any offense punishable under M.G.L. Chapter 94C (drug law violations) or have been convicted of a misdemeanor and confined to any jail or house of correction as punishment for said crime
  • Satisfy all statutory requirements for appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy including but not limited to passing a physical fitness test, medical examination, including a psychological component
  • Not smoke any tobacco product
  • Demonstrate themselves to be of good moral character, sound work ethic, and have their decision making be consistent with the Oath of Office otherwise suitable for appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy
  • Be qualified and deemed suitable by the Colonel or Superintendent to possess a valid Massachusetts Firearms License upon appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy
  • Satisfy the Department's physical fitness standards for initial appointments, as promulgated and amended
  • Satisfy the Department's medical and psychological standards for initial appointment, as promulgated and amended
  • Be a United States Citizen upon appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy
  • Possess a valid Massachusetts Driver's License upon appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy
  • Be a Massachusetts resident upon appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy
  • Be subject to the limitation(s) set-forth in this paragraph for all candidates for appointment to the position of Massachusetts State Police Trooper and/or Trainee shall have tattoos, body art, brands or scarifications of any type removed prior to appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Training Academy. For the purpose of this Rule only those tattoos, body art, brands or scarifications that are visible when the candidate is dressed in the Department’s summer Class B duty uniform must be removed. Attempts to disguise, cover-up or, otherwise keep any such tattoos, body art, brands or scarifications from view shall not satisfy the requirements of this Rule. For the purpose of this Rule, candidates for appointment shall include those candidates eligible for appointment from any initial appointment eligibility list certified on or after April 1, 2013
  • Meet all other eligibility and entrance requirements duly established by statute, rule, regulation, policy, procedure, directive, and/or order of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of State Police, including but not limited to Classification Specification promulgated for the position of a Massachusetts State Police Trooper, as amended.

Candidates satisfying all of the minimum entrance requirements shall, in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws c.22C §11, be considered for appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy. However, satisfaction of the minimum requirements by a candidate shall not guarantee appointment to the Massachusetts State Police.

In addition to fulfilling the Entrance Requirements for appointment, candidates for hire into the position of Trooper must meet all additional eligibility criteria for enlistment in the Department of State Police as set forth by the Colonel of the State Police via the rules and regulations of said Department. It is your responsibility to review the current eligibility criteria for enlistment in the Department of State Police prior to pursuing appointment.

Fitness testing standards

1.5 Mile Run Times

Male
Age Range Run Time (minutes:seconds)
20-29

12:25

30-39 12:51
40-49 14:46
50-59 14:54
Female
Age Range Run Time (minutes:seconds)
20-29 14:49
30-39 15:25
40-49 16:12
50-59 17:14

Below are available obstacle course schematics. Course 1 is a 1:54 minute simulation and Course 2 is a 1:58 minute simulation.

Additional Resources

Responsibilities

Specific duties of a Trooper include the following:

  • patrolling assigned areas
  • investigating motor vehicle accidents
  • following up on complaints
  • investigating felonies and other crimes
  • directing traffic and issuing traffic citations
  • obtaining and safeguarding evidence
  • testifying in court
  • rendering and summoning medical aid
  • conducting arrests
  • community policing
  • and engaging in crime prevention and reduction measures

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