I went to the Reserve Academy with a woman who currently works in Hull as a Dispatcher/Reserve Officer. From my understanding it is an okay department to work for and she enjoys it there.
The Cape Cod departments that hire/use Summer Officers are Orleans (where I work), P-town, Eastham, Falmouth, Nanutcket and MV. I know that Dennis and Bourne occasionally hire Reserves, as well as Harwich. I know Banstable and Mashpee no longer hires Summer Officers due to liability issues. The rest of the departments I am not quite sure of.
If you want to know anything about Orleans Summer Police, please feel free send me a PM.
I worked on Nantucket in 1997 as a summer special . . . pay then was $10.00/hr - 40hr work week with possibility of details occasionally. You did NOT need a reserve academy to be hired then. Not sure if all that has changed or not since. It was a great summer, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for experience in the field. Best of luck.
After you send in your application, you will get an interview appointment in the mail or a letter saying no thanks. After the interview, you will receive another letter telling you what assignment you will have, your start date, and all the uniform requirements (or "no thanks").
Typically 30-35 college students get hired each season. To become a full-time Nantucket officer, you must have worked two years full-time with another department, or have worked as a Summer Special.
Pay is $13/hour to start; if you are a returnee, you typically get an appropriate raise based on how many seasons you have worked there.
Reserve academy is not required (but would certainly help your chances of being hired); everyone (including returnees) completes in-house department training during the first two weeks of June.
Everything but chapter 90 and a gun. Good chance you will break out the cuffs.
Housing available dorm-style at a retired USCG barracks for $85/week, 25 minutes outside of town.
You must purchase your own uniforms (~$300, depending on assignment); duty gear is provided.
You are assigned on a 5-and-2, 40-hour schedule: foot or bicycle patrol in town, ATV patrol on the beach. Once you are assigned, you stay with that unit for the season.
Not much overtime, but PLENTY of details, rate was at least $30/hour.
Very good relationship with most of the full-time patrol officers and Troopers -- many of whom started off in your shoes.
Firm but approachable command staff.
Anyone who gets this gig will have fun, and it can be very rewarding to your future career as long as you do your job and stay out of trouble. They will not hesitate to remove someone from the island for being an idiot!
I did the Hull Seasonal bit for 2 years and its not that bad. The best shift to do is the midnights. Otherwise you will be walking alot. They pretty much put you out there to write parking tickets during the day shift so stay away from that shift if you can. If you can any other shift you will see some fun stuff. The pay when I was there in 00 and 01 was 10.00 an hour, but thats about average no matter where you go. Hey ,when you need to get some experience any job is a good job and at least in Hull you are still on the main land and not an island.
Not to start swerving off topic here but the Hells Angels do not hang around Nantasket Beach. It's the Outlaws that hang out at the Dry Dock down there, should you ever see the 81 riding down G.W. Boulevard look out, shots fired will probably be forthcomming. Also, the "Devil's Deciples" were patched over years ago by the Outlaws, to the best of my knowledge they are non-existent here in Massachusetts.