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MPTC-authorized Full-time Police Academies

Police academies authorized by the Municipal Police Training Committee to conduct entry-level police training for 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.

Minimum Requirements

Student officers must (1) be a minimum of 21 years old; (2) be employed or sponsored by a municipal, Environmental, or University of Massachusetts police department or other law enforcement department authorized by the Committee; and (3) successfully complete the Massachusetts Human Resource Division's Physical Ability Test (PAT) and medical examinations.

MPTC-authorized Recruit Officer Course 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.

Student Officers must meet the eligibility requirements to enroll

  • All police academies operate daily Monday through Friday.
  • There are no dormitories (unless noted)


ALL APPLICATIONS FOR ENROLMENT MUST BE DONE THROUGH EACH ACADEMY LOCATION DIRECTLY AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CONTACT EACH LOCATION DIRECTLY TO INSURE YOU HAVE THE UP TO DATE DATES.  (*) = TENTATIVE DATES

MPTC AUTHORIZED ACADEMY DATES

Updated: July 18, 2022

 

Academy Location Tuition ROC # Start Date
Boston PD Police Academy     April 25, 2022
Boston PD Police Academy (*)      
Cambridge Police Academy (*) $4,000.00   January 9, 2023
Cambridge Police Academy (*)      
Cape Cod Municipal Academy     TBD - November 22
Cape Cod Municipal Academy (*)      
Fitchburg State University Police Program     May 16, 2022
Fitchburg State University Police Program (*)      
Lowell Police Academy     May 9, 2022
Lowell Police Academy (*)      
MBTA Police Academy     August 15, 2022
MBTA Police Academy (*)      
Merrimack College   2nd August 15, 2022
Merrimack College (*)      
Springfield Police Department     January 10, 2022
Springfield Police Department (*)      
State Police Municipal Academy     TBD
State Police Municipal Academy (*)      
Worcester Police Academy     September 12, 2022
Worcester Police Academy (*)      
Quinsigamond Community College   ROC#2 September 12, 2022
Quinsigamond Community College (*)      

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