If I take the civil service exam and get a good score. What are the chances of getting onto BPD even though I am not a resident? New to the civil service system and politics of Boston PD. While I understand the preference for residents, veterans, and those who are bilingual. Does BPD take non-residents, given the extreme situation with police staffing?
Your chances of being called off the list are very good right now, few people want to be cops anymore, and even fewer want to be Boston cops. That isn't a slight to the guys and gals of Boston PD, it's that the politicians have ruined the job.
Be prepared to;
Move into Boston and stay for at least 10 years. Don't even think about using a fake or convenience address, someone WILL rat you out, and you WILL be fired if you get caught.
Pay a holy fortune for a house or even rent, and if you have kids, a boatload more money for private school, because I wouldn't send my dog to most Boston Public Schools.
Get the Covid vaccines/boosters against your will.
Be ordered/forced to work overtime on your days-on (mandatory doubles) plus your days-off. The money is great, but at what price to your personal life and sanity?
Be assigned your vacation periods. You get the last 2 weeks in September? Oh well, hope you like cold water at the beach!
Use of individual vacation days are the discretion of the district commander.
Also keep in mind that being called off the list doesn't translate to getting the job, you still have to pass a background check, physical/psychological/physical fitness exams, and then make it through a 6-month police academy.
Still sound like a great deal?