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
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.
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.
- 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|
|Boston PD Police Academy||October 5, 2020|
|Cape Cod Municipal Police Academy||
January 4, 2021
|September 10, 2020|
|Lowell Police Academy||July 27, 2020|
|MBTA Police Academy||TBD January 2021|
|NECC Police Academy||November 2020|
|Springfield PD Police Academy||October 5, 2020|
State Police Municipal Academy (SPMA)
|September 28, 2021|
|Worcester PD Police Academy||TBD January 2021|