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Seeking advise from a current MEP Officer.

I've been reading past threads on the forums related to MEP's, and it doesn't seem like they are highly regarded by many here on the boards. No matter to me, this is my dream career and i am working hard to get there.

I am about to begin my second year in Environmental Studies and preparing to transfer to a four year school for a bachelor's. From what i've read on the MA Civil Service website, an Associates Degree is all that is necessary. However, i will continue to move onto graduate studies in conservation while i pursue a career in the MEP.

I know several municipal police officers, none of them have any insight into how one would prepare for a career in the MEP, or can offer any advice. I want to speak with a current officer, who wouldn't mind offering some advice and if possible some mentoring.

Also, i look forward to any and all comments, negative or positive.
 

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WTH? I think we all LOVE the EPO's here...Some district courts are intimidated by their sidearms but, we like them here. I sat number #3 on the list back about ten years ago for nothing cuz they NEVER hired anybody forever. Keep studying and good luck.
 

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Thanks! The few threads i've found in searches for related threads, i saw posts that weren't too great about EPO's.

I will keep studying, when i get to graduate school, i will concentrate on environmental laws and use that as a backup.

I can't wait to hear from one, i don't know anyone i can talk to and ask some questions! Not even my professors know much about the field. Firstly, very few people study for my major, and even fewer do it to become an EPO. In fact, my professor (whose tenured) said that in his 30+ yrs teaching Environmental Studies, he only taught a few who had this in mind and some of them dropped out, the only 2 who graduated, he lost touch with.

I am from the Western Mass area, and I do tons of boating and fishing off the Oxbow launch. I wanted to stop and talk to one of the EPO's that was patrolling, but i didn't dare. This summer i'll definitely try to talk to one of the guys. They're there almost every weekend (especially memorial day)
 

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At my old job I would run into EPO's at least once a week. They all seemed like a squared away group. I believe the Environmental Police recently held a competitive test to establish an eligibility list. That being said, they do not hire often. The Environmental Police also enforce all MGL's as well.

I believe there are a couple EPO's on this forum that may be able to help you with some information.
 
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I've been reading past threads on the forums related to MEP's, and it doesn't seem like they are highly regarded by many here on the boards.
I don't know how you got that idea....the only people I've seen here who don't think highly of EPO's aren't even cops themselves, so their opinions are meaningless.

Working in a city, I don't get to interact with them very often, but the ones I have encountered have all been fine, except one who didn't find a joke I made very funny. She literally had a domestic fall on the hood of her SUV; she apologized for punting it to me (NBD it was my area), saying how she hadn't handled a domestic since academy scenarios. I replied that I didn't know the normal nesting place of a ring-necked pheasant (an actual question on the MEP test I took ages ago), so we were even, and she didn't see the humor.
 

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She literally had a domestic fall on the hood of her SUV; she apologized for punting it to me (NBD it was my area), saying how she hadn't handled a domestic since academy scenarios.
There are plenty of EPO's who do assist with Domestics and other municipal type calls. Granted, they're generally there just as cover, but in the smaller towns, they're always welcome and do make appearances.

To the OP: There are two well respected members here from the MEP. If I speak with one of them, I'll ask him to check the thread.
 

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Don't ignore my 81st post you fat bastard.......
That just made me laugh out loud enough so that my sleeping family heard me you prick!

Okay, but: The 1st pic is a broad (believe it or not) and still on the job.
The 2nd pic is a guy who's now retired. (a great guy by the way).
 

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Thanks guys, the reception i've gotten was much better than expected. But, perhaps some of you can answer some questions for me in the meantime; it seems some of you have gone through the process to an extent & some of you interacted w/ EPO's

- will my age (28) hurt me?

- Given the Civil Service exam history, how are are EPO exams announced? Is it based on needs to fill vacancies or list establishment? (same question for the hiring)

- if i were to intern, should i intern w/ a PD or w/ a conservation/forestry, or otherwise non official, but environmentally related company? Which would benefit me more?

- I dont see EPO's often in western mass, are there any departments out here?

- what are the questions like on the test? Any examples? Should you concentrate on mgl laws or environmental laws?

- What can i do for myself now that can improve my chances of success as i begin the process?
 

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Pup - there was a certain "EPO" who won a place in "infamy"...

But we love OUR EPO's... they're badass and get to do shit the regular cops don't get to - like wrestle the dolphin and dance with wolves. ;)
Ahhhhh.......had to fix it for ya!
 
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Hey kid. Check out maine state game wardens if you're serious about it. Very very long and great training there. Tough to get in, but man the toys and gadgets those guys have are unreal! I believe application is open to anyone.

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- will my age (28) hurt me?
*No. 28 is still considered young for getting into law enforcement

- Given the Civil Service exam history, how are are EPO exams announced? Is it based on needs to fill vacancies or list establishment? (same question for the hiring)
*The EPO exams are few and far between. They are not included on the municipal civil service exam. The last exam that was offered was in 2012. Historically the EPO exam is offered approximately every 5 years.

- if i were to intern, should i intern w/ a PD or w/ a conservation/forestry, or otherwise non official, but environmentally related company? Which would benefit me more?
*Personally I would recommend interning with a PD. The EP does perform typical law enforcement duties, so it would be advantageous for you to become familiarized with law enforcement operations. Since you are in western mass I would recommend doing the federal national park law enforcement class offered there. Once qualified this class would qualify you to work as a Seasonal Park Ranger in any of the national parks. There are many seasonal jobs on Cape Cod. It is a good gig and they work closely with EPO's. (Also the Rangers enforce federal law as well).
I would also look into the Seasonal Marine Patrol positions in NH. Another good gig to get started with.

- I dont see EPO's often in western mass, are there any departments out here?
*Short answer, Yes. The EPO's have officers all across the state. Just because you don't see them does not mean they are not there.

- what are the questions like on the test? Any examples? Should you concentrate on mgl laws or environmental laws?
*The questions on the test are heavily centered on environmental law. It is a difficult test, but having a background in environmental law will give you a very big leg up on the competition.
- What can i do for myself now that can improve my chances of success as i begin the process?
*Personally I would recommend to take the Seasonal Pak Ranger course at Umass Amherst. (some here would probably disagree with me on that but ohhh well)

If you have any specific questions feel free to PM me.
 

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I don't have much to add to this thread other than "Good Luck kid!!!"

Nice to see a thread like this not turn into a train wreck.
 

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You also may not see them a lot, because historically, they've been pretty small in numbers. I believe there are less than 90 currently employed, and that's for the entire state!
 

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The western mass EPOs have an office in Montague. Right around the corner from Bitzers fish hatchery. I think it's Montague road. Stop in and say hello.
 
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