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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.

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

  • All student officers must meet the eligibility requirements to enroll
  • All police academies operate daily Monday through Friday.
  • There are no dormitories (unless noted)
Academy Location ROC # Start Date Application deadline 1st  pre-entrance
Assessment date
Make up
Assessment date
Orientation Date Anticipated Graduation Date
Boston PD Police Academy   June 28, 2021          
Boston PD Police Academy (*)              
Cambridge Police Academy (*)   January 1, 2022          
Cambridge Police Academy (*)              
Cape Code Municipal Academy   January 3, 2022          
Cape Code Municipal Academy (*)              
Fitchburg State University Police Program   May 17, 2021          
Fitchburg State University Police Program (*)              
Lowell Police Academy   June 1, 2021          
Lowell Police Academy (*)              
MBTA Police Academy   July 12, 2021          
MBTA Police Academy (*)              
Merrimack College   August 30, 2021          
Merrimack College (*)              
NECC Police Academy   June 7, 2021          
NECC Police Academy (*)              
Springfield Police Department   Fall of 2021          
Springfield Police Department (*)              
State Police Municipal Academy   TBD          
State Police Municipal Academy (*)              
Worcester Police Academy   TBD          
Worcester Police Academy (*)              
Quinsigamond Community College   September 13, 2021          
Quinsigamond Community College (*)   September 12, 2022          

Updated: August 9, 2021

 

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