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MPTC Full-time Police Academies

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.

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 ROC Police Academy Schedules

  • All student officers must meet the eligibility requirements to enroll.
  • Tuition is $3,200.00. Learn more about student officer tuition and payments for MPTC-operated police academies.
  • All police academies operate daily Monday through Friday. There are no dormitories.
  • Registration: Log into MPTC Acadis Portal to register at an MPTC Police Academy. 

Note: This is a guide of available seating and may not reflect the true number of seats available that is representative on Acadis. To register, please see the Recruit Officer Course Acadis Registration Guide for Departments

  • All medical and PAT exams must be valid on Day One of the academy
  • It is the Department's responsibility to ensure these exams are up to date

Registration is available on the MPTC ACADIS TRAINING PORTAL

MPTC-operated Full-time Police Academy Start Dates

Academy  ROC # Start Date Application deadline
(by 3pm)
1st pre-entrance
Assessment date
Make up
Assessment date
NECC - Haverhill 4th Monday, February 20, 2023 Tuesday, January 17, 2023 Friday, January 20, 2023 Friday, February 3, 2023
Plymouth  74th Monday, February 6, 2023 Tuesday, December 27, 2022 Saturday, December 31, 2022 Saturday, January 14, 2023
Holyoke 1st Monday, April 3, 2023 Monday, February 13, 2023 Wednesday, February 22, 2023 Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Boylston 32nd Monday, April 24, 2023 Wednesday, March 1, 2023 Tuesday, March 7, 2023 Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Randolph  18th Tuesday, May 30, 2023 Friday, April 7, 2023 Saturday, April 15, 2023 Saturday, April 29, 2023
NECC - Haverhill 5th Monday, June 5, 2023 Friday, April 28, 2023 Monday, May 1, 2023 Monday, May 15, 2023
Boylston 33rd Monday, October 30, 2023 Wednesday, September 6, 2023 Wednesday, September 13, 2023 Wednesday, September 27, 2023

 

ALL APPLICATIONS FOR ENROLLMENT MUST BE DONE THROUGH THE ACADIS PORTAL, APPLICATIONS MUST HAVE ALL THE REQUIRED PRE-REQUISITES COMPLETED AND INCLUDED FOR CONSIDERATION. APPLICANTS ARE SEATED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS – INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE DENIED ALLOWING COMPLETION OF THE APPLICATION. SEATS CANNOT BE HELD OR RESERVED. SEATING AND AVAILABLE SEATING INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AND UP TO DATE ON THE REGISTRATION PORTAL. ALL WAITLISTED APPLICANTS WILL BE INVITED TO THE ASSESSMENTS TO BACKFILL POTENTIAL OPEN SEATS.   (*) = TENATIVE DATES

 

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