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How to become a police officer

Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnWant to join the Boston Police Department? You need to take the state's civil service exam and apply for the job. Here's how:


Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnThe fee for the exam is $100. You can pay on the state’s website with a credit or debit card.



Take the written exam

To prepare for the exam, you can study the .

The state will email you a notice with the date of the test. It’s a good idea to show up early. You can also bring your own number 2 pencils for the exam.


Apply during an open hiring period

If you pass the exam, you’ll be able to apply to the Boston Police Department during an open police recruiting period.


Wait to hear from us

Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnWe take candidates based on the list created by the state. You can .

If you're selected as a potential candidate, the City of Boston's Human Resources Division will contact you by email. Human Resources will contact you through the same email address you used to register for the exam.


Follow the applicant process

As a candidate to become an officer, you’ll have to fill out an extensive application packet. You’ll also have to complete:

  • a background check
  • a drug test, and
  • a review of your application and supporting documentation with the Recruit Investigations Unit Detectives.

At this point, you may receive a conditional offer to continue with the process. You'll need to complete medical and psychological exams. You'll also have to pass the Civil Service Administration’s Physical Abilities Test (PAT). The state's website has .

As of July 1, 2019, in addition to the completion of the PAT, applicants are required to pass an Recruit Academy (ROC) Entry-Level Fitness Standards fitness test set by the MPTC comprised of four (4) events based on Cooper Aerobics Institute’s norms to include One-minute pushups, One-minute sit-ups, 1.5-mile walk/run and a 300-meter run. Applicants would have to pass the fitness standard set within a range according to their age/gender. For more information contact MPTC: http://


Final offer and invitation to the academy

If you pass the PAT and Recruit Academy (ROC) Entry-Level Fitness Standards, we then refer to your rank on the civil service list fro selection. You may then receive:

  • an invitation to attend a formal orientation, and
  • a final offer letter and invitation to become a Recruit Officer in the Boston Police Academy.

Go to the Boston Police Academy

Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnThe Boston Police Academy is a paid, 29-week program. You'll take part in:

  • rigorous physical challenges
  • tactical training, and
  • classroom activities.

Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnHow can you train for the physical challenges? We suggest using the Massachusetts Police Training Committee's standard for fitness as a benchmark.

Need to Know:

Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnThe Boston Police Academy training is a 29-week program. It includes:

  • rigorous physical challenges
  • tactical training, and
  • classroom activities.
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Civilian jobs with the police

A civilian career in law enforcement is a great opportunity to give back to your community in support of our police officers. You can search for open positions through the City's Career Center.

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