Full-time Recruit Officer Courses

The Recruit Officer Course (ROC) is an entry-level training curriculum for new full-time police officers.

Successful completion of the recruit officer course (ROC) curriculum is required under M.G.L. Chapter 41 §96B to be a sworn municipal, University of Massachusetts, or environmental police officer in the Commonwealth. The ROC is organized into three (I-III) volumes with multiple subtopics. The ROC takes 20 weeks to complete and covers 21st century policing best practices with specific emphasis on the following core principles:

  • problem solving
  • procedural justice
  • ethical decision making
  • fair and impartial policing

Physical Requirements

All
student officers must know what to expect ahead of time and must prepare well in advance of the first day of the academy. The most significant factors in this preparation are: weight control, aerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. Download the
MPTC Health and Wellness Fitness Preparation Guide to assist with preparing to attend the police academy.

MPTC-operated Police Academy Schedules

Note: This is a guide of available seating and may not reflect the true number of seats available that is representative on the Acadis Portal.

Police Academy Academy Start Date Seats
Available**
Boylston September 14, 2020

48

Plymouth  August 3, 2020 48
Randolph April 13, 2020

FULL

Reading  September 28, 2020 46
Western Mass  August 31, 2020 48

Updated: February 11, 2020

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS JUST A GUIDE OF AVAILABLE SEATING AND MAY NOT REFLECT THE TRUE NUMBER OF SEATS AVAILABLE THAT IS REPRESENTED ON THE MPTC ACADIS TRAINING PORTAL.

  • Priority is given to all full-time applicants
  • Reserve and/or sponsored applicants are not reflected in this number. These applicants are only selected on a space available basis.

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MPTC-authorized Police Academy Schedules

MPTC oversees municipal academies authorized to operate training academies. Please contact the authorized police academy directly for registration, tuition costs and academy related questions. The MPTC is not involved with the application process for authorized police academies.

  • All student officers must meet the eligibility requirements to enroll
  • All police academies operate daily Monday through Friday.
  • There are no dormitories (unless noted)
Authorized Police Academy Start Date Contact/Phone/E-mail
Boston PD Police Academy
85 Williams Avenue
Hyde Park, MA 02136
Dec 9 2019 Sergeant James Blake
Ph: (617) 343-4410
E-mail: james.blake@pd.boston.gov
Cambridge Academy
360 Huntington Ave 100cp
Boston, MA 02115
None scheduled Sergeant Thomas Glynn, Academy Director
Ph: (617) 349-9176
E-mail: tglynn@cambridgepolice.org
Cape Cod Municipal Police Academy
Building 1805 The Welcome Center 
Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC) 
Camp Edwards, MA 02542

 

February 17, 2020

 

Peter Carnes, Director
Ph: (508) 419-2860
E-mail: peter.carnes@barnstablecounty.org

Wayne Sampson, Deputy Director
Ph: (508) 419-2920
E-mail: wayne.sampson@barnstablecounty.org

Lowell Police Academy
99 Middlesex St
Lowell, MA
May 11, 2020 Sergeant David Quirbach
Ph: (978) 674-4141
E-mail: dquirbach@lowellma.gov
MBTA Police Academy
85 Sea Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Graduation: 
April 10, 2020
Lieutenant James Kerns
Ph: (617) 222-1987
E-mail: jkerns@mbta.com
NECC Police Academy
100 Elliott St
Haverhill, MA 01830
January 6, 2020

Chief John Scippa (Ret), Academy Director
Ph: (978) 241-4728
E-mail: jscippa@necc.mass.edu

Springfield PD Police Academy
50 East St
Springfield, MA 01104
December 2, 2019 Lieutenant Norman Charest
Ph: (413) 750-2500
E-mail: ncharest@springfieldpolice.net

State Police Municipal Academy (SPMA)
340 West Brookfield Rd
New Braintree, MA 01531
(Dormitories available)

None scheduled

Juliet Tondera
E-mail: Juliet.tondera@massmail.state.ma.us

Worcester PD Police Academy
9-11 Lincoln Square
Worcester, MA 0618
June 1, 2020 Captain Jerry O'Rourke
Ph: (508) 799-8641
E-mail: orourkejf@worcesterma.gov

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