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3 Aug 2022

Police Entrance Exam, Full-Time Patrol Officer

Burlington Police Department – Posted by Kayla Rochon Burlington, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

The Burlington Police Department is hiring patrol officers, and will be hosting a Entrance Exam for individuals interested in working for the Burlington Police Department. The Physical Abilities Test (PAT) will be held: Saturday, Oct. 1  at 9 a.m. and the Written Exam will be held, Saturday Oct. 15. at 9 a.m. After passing BOTH the written and physical exam candidates may be invited to interview with the department.

Entrance Exam Qualifications

The written exam date is scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2022, and will be facilitated by Police Exam Solutions, LLC. Please understand that the written exam will only be offered to those candidates that successfully pass the PAT. Sign-up for the Entrance Exam HERE.

  • Be a U.S. citizen (by birth or naturalization)
  • Be at least 21 and no older than 35 as of the date of the written examination
  • Possess a valid Massachusetts drivers license (or obtain one within 6 months of appointment)
  • 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)
  • Be a nonsmoker
  • No felony convictions or equivalent convictions that would be a felony in Massachusetts
  • Have a strong character background and not be included on any decertification list or index
  • Must have the ability to pass the Massachusetts police academy, or an equivalent basic training academy, approved by the Municipal Police Training Committee in order to achieve basic certification as a police officer
  • Must be able to obtain a Massachusetts Class A License to Carry a Firearm
  • Ability to pass all requirements as set forth by the Police Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST); and
  • Be willing and able to meet the duties and obligations of a Burlington Police Officer as described in the attached job description

Job Description

Expectations of the Job

  • Identify criminal offenders and criminal activity and, where appropriate, to apprehend offenders and participate in subsequent court proceedings.
  • Reduce the opportunities for the commission of some crimes through preventive and directed patrols and crime prevention measures,
  • Aid individuals who are in danger of physical harm.
  • Protect constitutional guarantees.
  • Facilitate the movement of people and vehicles.
  • Assist those who cannot care for themselves. 
  • Resolve conflict. 
  • Identify problems that are potentially serious law enforcement or governmental problems.
  • Create and maintain a feeling of security in the community.
  • Promote and preserve civil order.
  • Provide other services on an emergency basis.
  • Perform other related specific duties and responsibilities as required by the Chief of Police or his designee. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Working knowledge of modern police science techniques, methods and procedures, and the ability to carry out the same.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and City laws and ordinances, and court decisions relative to police officer enforcement abilities and restraints.
  • Ability to deal effectively and courteously with others.
  • Ability to observe situations analytically and objectively, to record them clearly and completely, and to determine the proper course of action to be taken.
  • Ability to enforce laws, ordinances, and regulations with firmness, tact, and impartiality.
  • Ability to utilize self-defense techniques and firearms.
  • Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to operate motor vehicles under emergency situations.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Exercise authority consistent with the obligations imposed by his/her oath of office and be accountable to his superior officers, promptly obeying legitimate orders. 
  • Coordinate his/her efforts with those of other members of the Department so that their teamwork may insure continuity of purpose and maximum achievement of police objectives.
  • Communicate to his/her superiors and co-workers all information he may obtain which is pertinent to the achievement of police objectives.
  • Be available for duty at all times in case of special needs or emergencies and respond punctually to all assignments.
  • By study and research, become familiar with advanced techniques and ideas designed to improve police performance.
  • Acquire and record information concerning events that have taken place since his/her last briefing and be continuously attentive to instruction,
  • Record all activity during/his/her tour of duty in the manner prescribed to him/her by his/her supervisors.
  • Devote the maximum possible time to the performance of his/her assigned duties.
  • Maintain weapons and equipment in a functional, presentable condition, promptly correcting defects and reporting any serious defects to his/her superior,
  • Make reports of crimes, accidents, and other incidents in conformity with  the procedures outlined in current directives for their accurate and complete preparation.
  • Exert every effort to satisfy the needs of citizens requesting service, assistance, or information, and courteously explain any instance where jurisdiction does not lie with the police department and suggest other procedures to be followed.
  • Be accountable for the securing, receipting, and proper transportation of  all evidence and property coming into their custody.
  • Be alert to the development of conditions tending to cause crime, take preventive actions to correct such conditions and inform his superiors as soon as the situation permits.
  • Conduct a thorough investigation of all offenses and incidents within his/her area of assignment and scope of activity.
  • Collect evidence and record data which will aid in identification, apprehension, and prosecution of offenders and the recovery of property.


How to Apply

Sign-up for the Entrance Exam HERE.

For more information about the entrance exam hosted by the Burlington Police Department click here. 

The last day to sign-up for the exam is September 28.

Job Categories: Full-Time and Part-Time. Job Types: Police.

Job expires in 44 days.

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