Police Officer Requirements – Massachusetts

Massachusetts State Police Qualifications

Candidates considered for appointment must meet the following requirements pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 22C:

  • Must be at least 21 years old and less than 35 years old on April 1, 2013;
  • Satisfy all statutory requirements for appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy including but not limited to passing a physical fitness test, medical examination including a psychological component;
  • Must not smoke any tobacco product;
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or any offense punishable under M.G.L. Chapter 94C (drug law violations); or have any convicted of a misdemeanor and confined to any jail or house of correction as punishment for said crime.
  • Demonstrate themselves to be of good moral character, sound work ethic, decision making consistent with the Oath of Office and otherwise suitable for appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy;
  • Be qualified and deemed suitable by the Colonel/Superintendent to possess a valid Massachusetts Firearms License upon appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy;
  • Possess a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate upon appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy;
  • Satisfy the Department’s physical fitness standards for initial appointments, as promulgated and amended;
  • Satisfy the Department’s medical and psychological standards for initial appointment, as promulgated and amended;
  • Be a United States Citizen upon appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy;
  • Possess a valid Massachusetts Driver’s License upon appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy;
  • Be a Massachusetts resident upon appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy;
  • Subject to the limitation(s) set-forth in this paragraph all candidates for appointment to the position of Massachusetts State Police Trooper and/or Trainee shall have tattoos, body art, brands or scarifications of any type removed prior to appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Training Academy. For the purpose of this Rule only those tattoos, body art, brands or scarifications that are visible when the candidate is dressed in the Department’s summer Class B duty uniform must be removed. Attempts to disguise, cover-up or, otherwise keep any such tattoos, body art, brands or scarifications from view shall not satisfy the requirements of this Rule. For the purpose of this Rule, candidates for appointment shall include those candidates eligible for appointment from any initial appointment eligibility list certified on or after April 1, 2013.
  • Meet all other eligibility and entrance requirements duly established by statute, rule, regulation, policy, procedure, directive, and/or order of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of State Police, including but not limited to Classification Specification promulgated for the position of a Massachusetts State Police Trooper, as amended.
  • Candidates satisfying all of the minimum entrance requirements shall, in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws c.22C §11, be considered for appointment to the Massachusetts State Police Academy. However, satisfaction of the minimum requirements by a candidate shall not guarantee appointment to the Massachusetts State Police.