Steps to Become a Police Officer in Massachusetts

A first step to becoming a police officer in Massachusetts should begin with looking and applying for an opening with a municipal police department.

Once past that hurdle, meeting all of the prerequisites the particular department may have to be hired conditionally, the candidate can begin the second stage of the process.

 That stage begins with applying for, taking and passing a state civil service examination in order to be placed on a police eligibility list. You can take this test without being hired conditionally, but if you pass it you will not be cleared for the next step in the process until you find a job and are hired conditionally.

Requirements & Qualifications

 The requirements to take this civil service test are a minimum age of 21, and a high school diploma or GED equivalency or at least three years in the U.S. armed forces with a discharge under honorable conditions. Information about how to apply for the test can be found at

Disqualifying Factors

 Before applying for the test, however, be aware of several prohibitions that will disqualify candidates from becoming police officers in Massachusetts. One of these is smoking. A state law prohibits smoking by police officers at the time they are hired and after they are employed.

 In addition, persons convicted of a felony will not be allowed to become a police officer in the state. A comprehensive background check will be conducted to verify that no felony convictions exist. Also, because police officers carry firearms, candidates convicted of any domestic abuse misdemeanor will be disqualified. That’s because federal law prohibits persons convicted of domestic abuse misdemeanors from carrying guns.

Civil Service Exam & Fitness Test Requirements

After passing the civil service test, candidates, if they haven’t already done so, should apply to be hired by a police department. Candidates who pass the test and have an offer of employment will then have to pass a Physical Abilities Test that is designed to mimic activities an officer might encounter on the job.

Candidates will have negotiate an obstacle course that simulates the inside and outside of a structure, pulling a weighted bag to the ground and simulate handcuffing. They will be given 7.1 seconds total to raise a handgun and squeeze the trigger six times with each hand.

They also will have to demonstrate crowd control ability by using a weighted bag and pulling it across a marked line and they will have to show they can drag a victim or suspect, this time by using a weighted dummy, dragging it over a straight course.

Candidates will have to pass a medical examination. Height, weight, cardiovascular, ears, eyes, nose, the respiratory system, visual and auditory acuity, pretty much everything involved in a comprehensive physical examination will be included. A basic mental status evaluation also will be made.

Police Training Academy Requirements

 Once conditionally employed, candidates also undergo police academy training at one of state’s six regional academies. The program will be intense and long, 800 hours over 20 weeks and must be passed in order to receive certification as a full-time officer.

Police Officer Salary – Average Cop Salary in MA

According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics (2010), a police officer in the state of Massachusetts makes between $54,500 – $60,270 per year. However the data collected by BLS aren’t very accurate since it does not record overtime pay or off duty work. These two factors, if included in the data, would increase the average salary of a police officer in MA.

Police Officer Jobs in MA

There are several law enforcement job openings in Massachusetts. Simply visit our Career Job Opening or go to the official website of the agency you are interested in to complete an application of employment. Below is a list of all the law enforcement agencies in the state of Massachusetts.

  • Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office
  • Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bristol County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dukes County Sheriff’s Office
  • Essex County Sheriff’s Office
  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hampden County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office
  • Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office
  • Nantucket County Sheriff’s Office
  • Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office
  • Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office
  • Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department
  • Worcester County Sheriff’s Office
  • Attleboro Police Department
  • Barnstable Police Department
  • Boston Police Department
  • Boston Housing Police
  • Brockton Police Department
  • Cambridge Police Department
  • Chelsea Police Department
  • Chicopee Police Department
  • Fall River Police Department
  • Fitchburg Police Department
  • Haverhill Police Department
  • Holyoke Police Department
  • Lawrence Police Department
  • Lowell Police Department
  • Malden Police Department
  • Marlborough Police Department
  • Methuen Police Department
  • New Bedford Police Department
  • Newton Police Department
  • Northampton Police Department
  • Quincy Police Department
  • Salem Police Department
  • Springfield Police Department
  • Taunton Police Department
  • Waltham Police Department
  • Watertown Police Department
  • Westfield Police Department
  • Worcester Police Department
  • Abington Police Department
  • Acushnet Police Department
  • Adams Police Department
  • Andover Police Department
  • Amherst Police Department
  • Ashburnham Police Department
  • Ashby Police Department
  • Ashland Police Department
  • Aquinnah Police Department
  • Athol Police Department
  • Avon Police Department
  • Belchertown Police Department
  • Belmont Police Department
  • Berkley Police Department
  • Bourne Police Department
  • Brewster Police Department
  • Bridgewater Police Department
  • Brookfield Police Department
  • Brookline Police Department
  • Canton Police Department
  • Carver Police Department
  • Chatham Police Department
  • Chester Police Department
  • Chilmark Police Department
  • Danvers Police Department
  • Dartmouth Police Department
  • Dedham Police Department
  • Deerfield Police Department
  • Dennis Police Department
  • Dighton Police Department
  • Dracut Police Department
  • Duxbury Police Department
  • East Bridgewater Police Department
  • East Brookfield Police Department
  • Eastham Police Department
  • Easton Police Department
  • Edgartown Police Department
  • Fairhaven Police Department
  • Falmouth Police Department
  • Foxborough Police Department
  • Framingham Police Department
  • Franklin Police Department
  • Freetown Police Department
  • Gosnold Constables
  • Halifax Police Department
  • Hampden Police Department
  • Hanover Police Department
  • Hanson Police Department
  • Harwich Police Department
  • Hingham Police Department
  • Holden Police Department
  • Holland Police Department
  • Hudson Police Department
  • Hull Police Department
  • Kingston Police Department
  • Lakeville Police Department
  • Malden Police Department
  • Mansfield Police Department
  • Marion Police Department
  • Marblehead Police Department
  • Marshfield Police Department
  • Mashpee Police Department
  • Mattapoisett Police Department
  • Melrose Police Department
  • Middleborough Police Department
  • Monson Police Department
  • Monterey Police Department
  • Nantucket Police Department
  • Needham Police Department
  • North Andover Police Department
  • North Attleborough Police Department
  • North Brookfield Police Department
  • Norton Police Department
  • Norwell Police Department
  • Norwood Police Department
  • Oak Bluffs Police Department
  • Orleans Police Department
  • Palmer Police Department
  • Pembroke Police Department
  • Plymouth Police Department
  • Plympton Police Department
  • Raynham Police Department
  • Provincetown Police Department
  • Randolph Police Department
  • Rehoboth Police Department
  • Rochester Police Department
  • Rockland Police Department
  • Sandwich Police Department
  • Scituate Police Department
  • Seekonk Police Department
  • Shrewsbury Police Department
  • Somerset Police Department
  • Southwick Police Department
  • Spenser Police Department
  • Stoneham Police Department
  • Stoughton Police Department
  • Sudbury Police Department
  • Swansea Police Department
  • Tisbury Police Department
  • Truro Police Department
  • Wales Police Department
  • Walpole Police Department
  • Wareham Police Department
  • Warren Police Department
  • Wellfleet Police Department
  • West Bridgewater Police Department
  • West Tisbury Police Department
  • Westport Police Department
  • Westwood Police Department
  • Whitman Police Department
  • Wilbraham Police Department
  • Yarmouth Ponnlice Department
  • Boston College Police Department
  • Boston University Police Department
  • Bridgewater State College Police Department
  • Framingham State College Police Department
  • Harvard University Police Department
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Department
  • Northeastern University Police Department
  • Tufts University Police Department
  • University of Lowell Police Department
  • University of Massachusetts Police Department
  • Wellesley College Police Department
  • Wentworth Police Department