The Hanover Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
All persons interested in a position with the department must first apply at the Massachusetts Human Resources Division, One Ashburton Place, Room 303, Boston, MA 02108-1515. The forms may be obtained in person or by certified mail.Information can also be obtained at the Massachusetts Human Resources Division website.
Out of state persons interested should be fully aware that the Hanover Police Department is subject to Massachusetts Civil Service laws whereby residents of the community who take and pass the Entry-Level Police Examination will appear first on any Eligibility List requested by the Hanover Police Department and those who qualify must be given preference when the hiring process is conducted.
After passing the written state exam, all applicants are placed on an eligibility list determined by the Human Resources Division. Eligible persons will then go through a thorough personal background check, physical examination, reference check and interview. The Board of Selectmen will then make appointments to the department.
Newly appointed officers will then attend a Police Academy sponsored by the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council. Officers will then join the Patrol Division and receive additional field training with officers from various shifts. Officers are then assigned to a permanent patrol shift.
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT WITH THE HANOVER POLICE DEPARTMENT
This examination is being held to establish an
eligibility list from which to fill police officer vacancies in
civil service municipalities and at the Massachusetts Bay
Transportation Authority (MBTA). The eligibility list may also be
used to fill police officer vacancies in non-civil service
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.
jurisdiction sets its own salary for Police Officer. Inquiries
concerning salary should be directed to the appointing authority at
the time of the employment interview.
Requirement: As of the date of
appointment, applicants must have either:
a high school diploma or equivalency
certificate approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education OR
experience in the armed forces of the United States with last
release or discharge under honorable conditions.
As of the printing of this notice,
applicants must be at least 21 years of age as of April 23, 2007 for
all civil service jurisdictions. (Please be advised that the list of communities is
subject to change and inquiries about status changes should be
directed to the communities in question.)
Candidates must also be younger than age 32 as of
April 23, 2007, to be appointed as a Police
Officer in the following civil
service municipalities: Acton, Acushnet, Adams, Arlington, Ashland,
Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, Dalton, Dartmouth,
Dracut, Easthampton, Easton, Great Barrington, Haverhill, Hingham,
Hudson, Ipswich, Leominster, Lynnfield, Malden, Manchester,
Mansfield, Marblehead, Methuen, Milford, Newton, North Andover,
North Attleboro, Norton, Norwood, Orange, Raynham, Rockport,
Southbridge, South Hadley, Stoneham, Sudbury, Ware, Watertown,
Wayland, Wellesley, Westfield, Westford, West Springfield,
Williamstown, and Wilmington. Please be advised that these
communities have not accepted the provisions of Chapter 32, Section
5A, of the Massachusetts General Law (MGL) pertaining to medical and
physical fitness standards.
be younger than age 32 as of May 19, 2007, (Chapter 31, section 58A of the MGL) to be
appointed as Police Officers in the following civil service
municipalities: Andover, Belmont, Boston, Bourne, Canton, Dedham,
Falmouth, Fitchburg, Holbrook, Natick, Shrewsbury, Swampscott,
Taunton, Walpole, Wareham, Westwood, Winchester, Worcester and
Wrentham. Candidates seeking appointments in these communities are
also subject to the provisions of Chapter 32, Section 5A of the MGL
pertaining to medical and physical fitness standards.
Candidates who are over age 32 and who meet certain
medical and physical fitness standards
are eligible for appointments as a Police Officer in the MBTA and in
the following civil service communities: Abington, Agawam, Amesbury,
Athol, Attleboro, Auburn, Avon, Barnstable, Bellingham, Beverly,
Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton, Brookline, Cambridge, Carver,
Charlton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Clinton, Cohasset, Danvers, Duxbury,
East Bridgewater, East Longmeadow, Everett, Fairhaven, Fall River,
Foxboro, Framingham, Franklin, Gardner, Gloucester, Grafton,
Greenfield, Halifax, Hanover, Holden, Holyoke, Hull, Kingston,
Lancaster, Lawrence, Lee, Leicester, Lexington, Lowell, Ludlow,
Lynn, Marlborough, Marshfield, Maynard, Medfield, Medford, Medway,
Melrose, Middleboro, Millbury, Millis, Milton, Montague, Needham,
Newburyport, New Bedford, North Adams, Northbridge, North Reading,
Norwell, Oxford, Palmer, Peabody, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Plainville,
Plymouth, Provincetown, Quincy, Randolph, Reading, Revere, Rockland,
Salem, Salisbury, Sandwich, Saugus, Scituate, Sharon, Somerville,
Springfield, Stoughton, Tewksbury, Uxbridge, Wakefield, Waltham,
Webster, West Bridgewater, Weymouth, Whitman, Winchendon, Winthrop
and Woburn. In these communities, as current law requires,
candidates will have to meet medical and physical fitness standards
for appointment to Police Officer positions, and once hired, will be
tested regularly during their employment to be sure that they meet
certain medical and physical fitness standards. Copies of the medical
standards are available for review at the Human Resources
Division (HRD) website, under the Medical
and Physical Standards section. Any questions about status
changes should be directed to the communities in question.
Women, minorities, veterans,
and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
SELECTION AND HIRING PROCESS
You must take and pass a written examination to be
placed on the eligibility list for appointment as a Police Officer.
Written Examination: The
written examination consists of three subtests:
the Written Ability Test (WAT), the Life Experience Survey
(LES), and the Work Styles Questionnaire (WSQ).
The WAT is administered to measure cognitive abilities that
have been identified as essential to performing the duties of a
Police Officer. The WAT includes areas of verbal expression, verbal
comprehension, problem sensitivity, deductive reasoning, inductive
reasoning, and information ordering.
The LES consists of a series of multiple-choice questions
related to candidates' past history and experience of potential
relevance to successful performance of entry-level police officers.
The WSQ is designed to assess certain motivational,
value-related and attitudinal characteristics that are of potential
relevance to successful performance of entry-level police officers.
An Orientation and Preparation Guide, which describes the
written examination in more detail, will be available and posted in
the Police Officer Exam Preparation & Appointment Process
Information section by March 16, 2007.
for Employment/Experience as a Police Officer:
to the provisions of section 22 of Chapter 31, individuals may apply
to receive credit for employment or experience in the position title
of Police Officer. Information on how to apply for this credit will
be included with your notice to appear for the examination. On the
day of the examination, you will be asked to provide specific
details of any employment or experience you have in the examination
title as the result of service on a city or town police force,
including dates of service and number of hours worked per week. You
must submit documentation supporting these claims. Please
note, credit for employment or experience is applicable only to
individuals who achieve a passing score on the written examination,
and cannot be added to a failing written score in an attempt to
achieve an overall passing score.
who pass the written examination
AND receive a conditional offer of employment from a
municipality will be instructed on how to apply for the Physical
Abilities Test and other screening processes: Questions about other
qualifications should be directed to the city or town, or to the
Candidates must pass the medical examination before
participating in the Physical Abilities Test. The Medical and
Physical fitness standards are available for on-line review at Medical
and Physical Standards section.
In some municipalities, candidates may be required to pass
both a medical examination and a psychological evaluation before
appointment. Please be advised that the list of communities is
subject to change and inquiries about status changes should be
directed to the communities in question.
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. A separate fee
(currently $150) is charged for the administration of the PAT. The
PAT Training Guide is available on-line: Medical and
Physical Standards section.
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). All inquiries regarding
this training should be submitted in writing to the Municipal Police
Training Committee, 484 Shea Memorial Drive, South Weymouth, MA
In accordance with MGL, Chapter 41, Section 101A, candidates
hired from the Police Officer eligible list resulting from this
examination 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. Some
municipalities include a comprehensive background check as part of
the selection process.
Firearms Permit: A candidate may need to obtain a valid firearms permit to
qualify to be a police officer in Massachusetts.
Driver's License: A candidate may
need a valid Massachusetts motor vehicle operator's license before
appointment by some police departments.
PRIVATE SCHOOL OR SERVICE:
The Human Resources Division does not recommend or endorse
any private school, service, or publisher offering preparation
and/or publications for examinations and is not responsible for
their advertising claims.
WILL BE ADVISED AT THE EXAMINATION SITE HOW TO CLAIM ANY OF THE
PREFERENCES LISTED BELOW.
If you are claiming veterans' preference and if your
eligibility for veterans’ preference has not been approved before
by HRD, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214 (Release From
Active Duty) in order to receive proper credit.
Your notice to appear for the examination will indicate
whether or not you are already classified as a veteran.
Qualifying service must have been in the Army, Navy, Marine
Corps, Coast Guard, or Air Force of the United States.
Please note that active duty exclusively for training in the
National Guard or Reserves does NOT
qualify you for veterans' preference. Guard
Members must have 180 days and have been activated under Title
10 of the U.S. Code - OR- if activated under Title 10 or Title 32 of
the U.S. Code or Massachusetts
General Laws, chapter 33, sections 38, 40, and 41,
must have 90 days, at least one of which was during wartime,
per the chart below. The
Members’ last discharge or release must be under honorable
DEFINITION OF MASSACHUSETTS VETERAN M.G.L. c. 4, sec. 7, cl. 43rd
as amended by the Acts of 2004 Effective August 30, 2004:
To be a “veteran” under Massachusetts law, a person is required to
have either 180 days of regular active duty service and a last
discharge or release under honorable conditions OR 90
days of active duty service, one (1) day of which is during
“wartime” and a last
discharge or release under honorable conditions. A
chart defining “wartime” service is available on-line on the
Veterans’ Services website.
Claims for status as a disabled veteran require written
confirmation from the US Veterans Administration of a continuing
service-connected disability rated 10% or higher. Applicants wishing
to claim status as disabled veterans will get the opportunity to
claim such at the test site with further instructions to follow.
(See Clause 43, Section 7 of Chapter 4 and Section 1 of Chapter 31
of the Massachusetts General Laws for a full definition of a
personnel who, in connection with current service, CANNOT be in Massachusetts on May 19, 2007 should contact the Human
Resources Division to request a make up examination. To request a
make up, you must file an application and processing fee by the last
filing date and request such accommodation in writing, with a copy
of your military orders attached. Please include in your letter
either your daytime base phone number and/or name and phone number
of a Massachusetts resident with whom you are in regular contact.
PREFERENCE FOR THE CHILDREN OF CERTAIN POLICE
The son or daughter of a Firefighter or Police Officer
employed in Massachusetts who was killed or died of injuries
received in the performance of duty, or who was permanently disabled
as a result of injuries received in the performance of duty, is
entitled to certification preference under the provisions of Chapter
402 of the Acts of 1985.
If residency preference is requested by a municipality,
applicants who have resided in that municipality for the entire
twelve-month period immediately preceding the date of the
examination are entitled to be placed on the eligible list for that
community ahead of any non-residents. Applicants who have had a
break in residence or have moved from one community to another
within the twelve-month period preceding the date of the examination
will not be entitled to claim residency preference in any community.
Applicants will complete a residency preference form at the test
site. Verification of residency will be made by the municipality.
to a federal consent decree, African-American (Black) and Hispanic
applicants are given certification preference in a number of
communities, whether or not they are residents of those communities.
As of the printing of this notice, the following communities are
included in this consent decree: Brockton, Chelsea, Holyoke,
Lancaster, Lawrence, Lowell, New Bedford, Randolph, Springfield, and
Worcester. This list of
communities is subject to change. The definition of Hispanic, for
the purposes of the decree, includes any person born in a
Spanish-speaking country or any person who grew up in a household in
which the predominant language spoken was Spanish.
SELECTIVE CERTIFICATION FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL
TECHNICIANS: If a position
in a municipality requires that a Police Officer hold Emergency
Medical Technician certification at the Basic, Intermediate, or
Paramedic level prior to appointment, the local appointing authority
may request that competition for that vacancy be limited to persons
holding such certifications. On the date of the examination, you
will have the opportunity to register as a certified Emergency
Medical Technician. Proof of possession of a current certification
as an Emergency Medical Technician, issued by the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services
must be submitted in order to qualify for this selective
certification. Although you may supply this proof at any time during
the life of the eligible list, it is recommended that you submit it
at the time of the examination so that you do not miss out on a
SELECTIVE CERTIFICATION FOR BILINGUAL POLICE OFFICERS:
If a position in
a municipality requires that a Police Officer be fluent in a second
language (e.g., Spanish, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, etc.), the
local appointing authority may request that candidates for that
position be limited to persons who have such skills. You will have
the opportunity at the test site to indicate the foreign language(s)
in which you are fluent. You will need to prove your language
fluency at the time of appointment.
INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS:
Notices to appear to the assigned
examination site will be mailed to applicants for this examination.
You will be able to get a copy of your notice after April 30, 2007,
by logging on to the Human Resources Division Standings
and On-line Applicant Record Information
system. You will need to register
as a first-time user if you have not used the system before.
Please follow the instructions provided: How
to Get a Copy of Your Notice to Appear for an Exam.
HOW TO APPLY
You may apply for this examination, using a Visa or Mastercard, on-line at
the Human Resources Division website: https://www.csexam.hrd.state.ma.us/hrd/.
A confirmation number for each successful transaction will be issued
to the applicant.
may also obtain a paper application form, and file it along with the
examination-processing fee (or fee
waiver form) in person or by mail at HRD (see address below).
Applications and fee waiver forms may also be available at city and
town clerks’ offices and civil service police stations across the
state. If you mail your application, send all correspondence by
certified mail with "return receipt requested," if
EXAMINATION FEE: All applications must be
accompanied by a money order, certified bank check, credit card
payment, or by a completed fee waiver form. The
examination-processing fee is $75 for applications received by midnight April 2, 2007. The fee for applications
filed after that date is $100. Applications will not be accepted after April 23, 2007. Payment by money order or bank check should be made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please print your name, address, social security number, and the
examination announcement number on the front of the money order or
certified bank check. Payments by Master Card and VISA are also
accepted when applying via the web site or in person. NO
CASH OR PERSONAL CHECKS.
FEE WAIVER: The
examination fee may be waived for applicants receiving certain state
or federal public assistance, unemployment insurance, or workers'
waiver forms are available from and must be filed with the
Massachusetts Human Resources Division, Test Administration, One
Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108. Fee waiver forms may be
downloaded from the Applicant
Forms section of the HRD website.
Waiver forms must be accompanied by proof of eligibility, for
the subject time period, in the form of signed and dated receipts,
check stubs and/or other documentation from the agency providing
assistance. If you are claiming a fee waiver, please make sure to
fill in item #16 on your application.
You may take the examination in the Spanish language. If you
do, you must, on the same day, take another written examination that
tests your ability to read and understand English. If you wish to
take the examination in the Spanish language, you must submit a
separate letter requesting this along with your application and
examination processing fee or fee waiver form.
TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES:
If you need special testing accommodations due to a
documented impairment such as a hearing, learning, physical, mental
or visual disability, fill in the circle in item 15 of your
application, and include a letter detailing what type of
accommodation you require at the exam site. You must also
include a letter of support from a qualified
professional. Without such a letter, we cannot guarantee
that we will be able to grant your accommodation. This information
is requested only to provide reasonable accommodation for exams, and
will not be used for any other purposes.
NO MAKE-UP EXAMINATION: With the exception of current military personnel who cannot be in
Massachusetts on May 19, 2007, no applicant has a right to a
make-up examination due to personal or professional conflicts on the
testing date and applicants are advised to consider this BEFORE
applying for the examination.
REFUNDS: There will
be NO REFUND of the examination-processing fee unless the
examination is cancelled by HRD.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Applicants
are responsible for notifying HRD in writing of any change of
address after applying for the examination. Applicants may submit
changes of address on-line at: https://www.csexam.hrd.state.ma.us/standings/, or by sending a written request,
including former address, new address, effective date of new
address, and social security number to HRD. Failure to keep your
records up-to-date may jeopardize opportunities for employment.
For more information about this and other civil service examinations, see www.mass.gov/civilservice
or email the Civil Service Unit at CivilService@hrd.state.ma.us.
The Human Resources Division’s office hours are Monday through Friday,
8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. except holidays.
Inquiries may also be made to the Division during these hours at the
the Boston area: (617)
the Boston area (within Mass. only): 1-800-392-6178