June 23 2019

Burlington Police Department to Hold Entrance Exam for Potential Officers


The Burlington Police Department is looking for its newest recruit.

The department will be hosting a written examination for the position of police officer on September 28, 2019. Interested candidates that meet the qualifications for employment are encouraged to apply. Further details about the process may be found on the department’s hiring website and on this site on police exams.

Candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications in order to be appointed as a police officer to the Burlington Police Department.

The qualifications include:

1. Be a U.S. citizen (by birth or naturalization);

2. Be at least 21 and no older than 35 as of the date of the written examination;

3. Possess a valid Massachusetts driver’s license (or obtain one within 6 months of appointment);

4. Possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D. certificate (preference may be given to those candidates that have a college degree, military experience or combination);

5. Be a non-smoker

6. Candidates may not have any felony convictions or equivalent convictions that would be a felony in Massachusetts;

7. Have a strong character background;

8. Must have the ability to pass (or has successfully completed) the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Academy in order to achieve basic certification as a police officer (if certified elsewhere, must be able to obtain a waiver from the MPTC);

9. Must be able to obtain a Massachusetts Class A License to Carry a Firearm;

10. All candidates for appointment to the position of Burlington Police Officer shall have any disqualifying tattoos, body art, brands or scarifications of any type removed prior to appointment.  For the purpose of this rule only those tattoos, body art, brands or scarifications that are visible when the candidate is dressed in the Department’s summer duty uniform must be removed. Attempts to disguise, cover-up or, otherwise keep any such tattoos, body art, brands or scarifications from view shall not satisfy the requirements of this rule.  

11. Be willing and able to meet the duties and obligations of a Burlington Police Officer as described in the attached job description.

All candidates must understand that these basic, minimum qualifications do not guarantee candidates an offer of employment. All candidates will be assessed for their fitness for the position through an entire selection process.

Here are some other things to know from the Burlington Police Department:


“The Burlington Police Department welcomes you to apply for the position of police officer with the Town of Burlington,” the department states. “We have partnered with Policeapp.com and Police Exam Solutions for the initial examination process. The recruitment process requires a potential candidate to successfully complete the entire battery of testing, which includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following steps”:

The Written Examination:

The written examination will consist of two components. The first part of the examination will require you to complete a series of essay questions on-line. This questionnaire must be completed before attending the written examination. You will receive further details and a link via email after submitting your application.  Check your email for the PPI-Portal Registration instructions.

The second part of this examination will be administered by Police Exam Solutions (“PES”) on September 28, 2019 at the Marshall Simonds Middle School, 114 Winn Street, Burlington, MA. The examination will begin promptly at 9:00 am. You must follow all directions of PES related to the exam. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. Further information on the written exam will be supplied to all applicants at a time to be determined, but well in advance of the examination.  Additional information may be found on our website: www.bpd.org

Physical abilities testing (“PAT”):

The PAT will take place within a few weeks after a candidate successfully passes the written exam. A passing grade on the written exam does not necessarily guarantee an invitation to the PAT. Further information relative the PAT will be posted with other recruitment materials on Policeapp.com and the Burlington Police website.  Please take this PAT seriously. Any candidate that fails any of the testing components will be immediately disqualified from further testing for the remainder of this recruitment drive.

Interview Panel:

The interview panel will be held at a time to be determined based on the current staffing needs of the department. Candidates that are invited to participate will be given advanced notice and further instructions at the necessary time. No prior police experience is necessary to participate. The panel will ask candidates general questions and pertinent scenario-based questions. There may also be a writing assignment given to candidates at the time of the interview. The panel will consist of sworn members of the department of various ranks and assignments, as well as a representative from the Human Resources Department for the Town of Burlington.

Interview with the Town Administrator and Chief of Police:

The Town Administrator is the appointing authority for the Town of Burlington.  He and the Chief of Police will interview selected candidates when an opening is ready to be filled.

Conditional Offer of Employment:

This contract is entered into between the candidate for hire and the Town of Burlington.  This contract only extends to a candidate that is offered a position as a police officer. Once signed, the department will agree to hire the candidate provided all “conditions” are met. All financial obligations relative to the conditional offer are borne by the Town of Burlington.  The conditions are successful completion of the:

  • - Background Investigation: which will be conducted by a Burlington Police Department Detective.

  • - Medical Examination: a full medical examination, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of MA; including a drug screening.

  • Psychological Fitness Examination: the psychological may consist of a battery of written tests and interview(s) conducted by a trained psychotherapist.

Those candidates that require initial training will undergo all necessary steps for admission to the police academy.  The specific academy that the candidate will attend depends on multiple factors, but the selection is determined by the Chief of Police.

Academy Training:  

Any candidate requiring initial training must successfully pass the academy.  Currently, academy training in MA is 22-25 weeks; and is subject to change by Municipal Police Training Committee (“MPTC”) mandate.

Field Training:  

Officers that successfully pass the academy will then begin their career with the department as a full-time patrol officer and must successfully pass a 10-12 week field training program (“FTO”).  The FTO program will serve to bridge the academy experience with actual police work. Candidates will be assigned to various veteran training officers throughout this period and will also be expected to successfully complete training on the 911 system operations, as well as the department’s rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

All newly appointed officers will be considered “probationary” for their first year of service.


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