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Police Officer Requirements – Massachusetts

Minimum Requirements to be a Police Officer in Massachusetts

Massachusetts State Police Qualifications

  • Must be at least 21 years old and less than 35 years old;
  • 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;