I haven't been able to get an answer after looking through our contract and MGL C 31 regarding civil service law, so I'm curious to see if anyone can provide an answer or a resource here. I was hired in 2011 by a non civil service agency and transferred to a civil service department in 2013. I was one of three officers hired in 2013, two of us had the academy certification and one was sent to the academy. I had the second highest civil service score of those three and was ranked second as far as departmental seniority. There were two people who were in the academy when we were appointed and both were ranked higher on the seniority list. My previous agency had specific language in our contract that outlined the position of "student officer" which stated that anyone with the full time certification appointed while a student officer was in the academy would be senior to student officers. My current agency's contract has no language concerning seniority and the MGL was pretty vague. The two of us who transferred at the same time asked a union rep about this and we were told that its specified in the contract how seniority is determined but I can't find anything remotely close. Does anyone know the answer to this? If it goes by date of hire I'm out of luck but if its by date of appointment I feel like it's in my favor. You can't be appointed to the position of police officer without the state certification. Thanks for your help.