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Police Officer Entrance Requirements for the
For appointment to the Fall River Police Department, applicants
must take and pass the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' written police
examination. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Resources
Division administers the Civil Service examination. The exam is
given every year. For
more information about the examination, contact the Massachusetts
Human Resources Division at 617-727-3777 or
www.mass.gov/civilservice. Other requirements are listed below.
In order to receive a residency preference on the hiring list,
you must be a resident of the City of Fall River for at least one
year prior to taking the civil service exam. In order to become a
Fall River police officer, you must also be a resident of the City
of Fall River at the time of appointment and remain a resident for
one (1) continuous year (City of Fall River Ordinances Section
50-101). Other requirements are listed below.
To become a police officer in the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts, applicants must:
- Be a U.S. citizen (birth or naturalized)
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Possess a high school diploma, or have a G.E.D. certificate
issued by the Massachusetts Department of Education, or have served
at least 3 years in the United States Armed Forces with a release or
discharge under honorable conditions.
- Possess a valid Massachusetts motor vehicle operator's license
- Meet medical and physical fitness standards. Copies of the
medical standards are available for review during normal business
hours (8:45 am to 5:00 pm) at the Human Resources Division, One
Ashburton Place (Second floor), Customer Service Center, Boston,
- Not smoke. Smoking of tobacco products is prohibited as outlined
by Chapter 41, Section 101A of the Massachusetts General Laws.
- Not be a convicted felon. No person who has been convicted of a
felony shall be appointed as a police officer.
- Be eligible to obtain a firearms permit (license to carry
For appointment to the Fall River Police Department,
- Take and pass the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Civil Service
Police written examination. The result of the examination will list
individuals by highest passing grade to lowest passing grade.
Veterans will be ranked before non-veterans and Fall River residents
will be ranked before non-residents (see above). Appointments will
follow the ranking on the established list when openings exist.
- Participate in an interview by the command staff of the Fall
River Police Department
- Pass an extensive background investigation, medical examination,
psychological examination and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts'
Physical Abilities Test (PAT) please reference the Human Resource
web site at
www.mass.gov/hrd for information regarding PAT testing.
- Complete an approved Municipal Police Training Committee Recruit
Once accepted to the Academy, student officers undertake
a rigorous 21 week training course encompassing:
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law
- Crisis Intervention/Conflict Resolution
- Physical Training
- Patrol Procedures
- Defensive Driving
- Self Defense
- Firearm Training
- First Responders Training
Upon completion from the Training Academy, officers will
be assigned to a twelve (12) week Field Training Officer Program.
- Base starting salary $40,500 plus incentives
- Twelve (12) paid holidays per year
- Full retirement plan
- Educational incentives
- Health insurance options
Non-Sworn Employment Opportunities
The Fall River
Police Department employs approximately 50 personnel in
non-sworn functions, including electrician, mechanic, detention
attendant, signal operator, and a number of clerical positions.
These are Civil
Service positions, as well, and exam information for them can be
www.mass.gov/civilservice, or the personnel office at
Government Center, 1 Government Center, Fall River (508)
324-2000. The city website
www.fallriverma.org also posts job opportunities.
In the absence of a
Civil Service exam, signal operator positions (formerly known as
dispatcher and/or public safety telecommunicator) and detention
attendant are filled in a provisional basis.
Applications may be
picked up at the Personnel Office at Government Center. A
resume is extremely helpful. Applicants for signal operator and
detention attendant must be high school graduates or have a MA
GED, and must be 18 years or older. Applicants for signal
operator must also have excellent spelling, reading, and
comprehension skills; have good keyboard (typewriter and/or
computer) skills; be able to multi-task; and work in a
fast-paced, high stress environment.
Applicants for both
positions must be willing to work nights, holidays, and weekends
on a rotating shift basis (4 days in and 2 days off). All
applicants are subject to a thorough background investigation,
employment check, physical exam, and drug screen.
Incomplete, inaccurate, or false information on an application
disqualifies the applicant.
It is the policy of
the Fall River Police Department to provide equal employment
opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard for
race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or
any other protected characteristic as established by law.
This policy of Equal
Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and procedures
relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits,
termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.