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Northampton (MA) Police Exam Notice

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2005 CHECK-IN TIME: 8:00 AM

Location: Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Locust Street, Route 9, Northampton, MA

This examination is held to establish an eligibility list from which to fill vacancies for entry-level police officers in the City of Northampton, Massachusetts.

DUTIES: A Police Officer works under supervision to perform law enforcement duties, protecting life, property, and the civil rights of individuals. Primary duties include patrol; interacting with citizens to provide service and render assistance; and preparing and completing records, reports, and other paperwork documenting incidents for use in prosecution. A Police Officer is dispatched to crime and emergency scenes in response to reported violations, accidents, domestic disputes and abuses, and other incidents; carries out crime scene duties; makes arrests and performs search and seizure; conducts investigations; and interviews witnesses, suspects, and complainants.

SALARY: Under the current contract, the salary range is $33,100 to $40,600, plus educational incentive.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Must have completed an Associates degree or attained an equivalent number of credits toward a baccalaureate program at an accredited institution of higher learning prior to the date of hire.

AGE REQUIREMENT: Applicants must be twenty (20) years of age at the time of the examination, must be twenty-one (21) at the time of hire.

Medical and Physical Fitness Standards: Candidates must pass the medical examination before participating in the Physical Abilities Test (PAT). The medical standards are available for review at

Physical Abilities Test (PAT): All candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment will be instructed on how to schedule and take the PAT. The PAT is a test of the candidate's aerobic capacity and physical capability to perform various tasks required on the job. The PAT Training Guide is available on-line at

Academy Training: All candidates appointed as full-time police officers as a result of this examination will be required to successfully complete police academy training (MGL, Chapter 41, Section 96B)

Smoking Prohibition: In accordance with MGL, Chapter 41, Section 101A, candidates are prohibited from smoking tobacco products at the time of and after appointment.

Character: No person who has been convicted of a felony shall be appointed as a police officer. A candidate may be disqualified for evidence of character clearly unsuited for police services. A comprehensive background investigation is part of the selection process.

Firearms Permit: Candidate must qualify for a valid firearms permit to be a police officer in Massachusetts.

Driver's License: Applicants must display a valid motor vehicle operator's license at the time of the examination. All candidates must have a valid Massachusetts operator's license before appointment.

How To Apply

You may download an examination registration form on the homepage of this site or obtain a paper registration form at the Northampton Police Station, 29 Center Street, Northampton, Massachusetts.

EXAMINATION FEE: All registrations must be accompanied by a money order or bank check. The registration fee is twenty-five dollars ($25.00). Print your name, address, social security number and the exam date on the front of the money order or bank check. NO CASH OR PERSONAL CHECKS. If you mail your registration, it is suggested that you send your registration by certified mail with "return receipt requested".

REFUNDS: There will be NO REFUNDS of the registration fee unless the examination is cancelled by the Northampton Police Department.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: All registrations for examination must be received at the Northampton Police Station, 29 Center Street, Northampton, MA 01060 NO LATER THAN 3:00 PM, FRIDAY, May 20, 2005.

Pre-Registration is required - no walk-ins accepted

STUDY GUIDE: You can download a free study guide at or pick up a copy at the Northampton Police Station 29 Center Street, Northampton,MA.


After scoring of the exam, eligible applicants will receive notification via mail with instructions for the next phase of the selection process.

Applicants who are chosen to continue in the selection process will then complete at a minimum the following:

§ Background Investigation

§ Oral Board Interview

§ Medical Examination

§ Psychological Evaluation

§ Physical Abilities Test

Those candidates who meet the above requirements and are chosen as recruit police officers must successfully complete:

§ Police Academy Training (21 weeks)

§ Field Training and Evaluation Program (15 weeks)

§ Probationary Period (one year from Academy graduation)

Any questions about the examination procedure or the hiring
process should be directed to

Captain Michael B. Wall,
Northampton Police Department,

[email protected]
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