Frederick Ryan, Chief of Police
112 Mystic St.
Arlington, MA 02474
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Contact: Captain Richard Flynn, PIO
Email: [email protected]
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Arlington Police Department Announces Statewide Police Exam
ARLINGTON — Police Chief Frederick Ryan encourages those interested in a career in law enforcement to sign up as soon as possible to take the statewide Municipal and MBTA Transit Police examination, which will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at various locations throughout the commonwealth.
“The Arlington Police Department is a modern, progressive law enforcement agency serving a vibrant and diverse community just outside of Boston,” Chief Ryan said. “I encourage anyone interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement to take the exam this spring, including students, members and discharged members of our nation’s military, and anyone who feels the call to help and serve others.”
The Arlington Police Department has a stated goal to further diversify its ranks. Minorities and minority veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
The application deadline is Friday, March 13 with an examination fee of $100 or Wednesday, March 25 with an examination fee of $150. Applications will not be accepted after March 26.
Each applicant’s exam location will be provided in their notice to appear email after successfully applying and paying for the exam.
This entry-level service exam establishes a list of eligible candidates to fill vacancies in civil service municipalities, MBTA Transit Police, and non-civil service jurisdictions. Applicants may choose to have their results apply to both municipal and MBTA eligible lists or the municipal eligible list only. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age on or before April 25, 2015 and have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education, or three years of experience in the armed forces of the United States with last release or discharge under honorable conditions. There are some special exceptions and arrangements available for active duty military personnel. For more information, click here to view the recruitment flyer published by Mass.gov.
The written examination consists of three parts: the Written Ability Test (WAT), the Life Experience Survey (LES), and the Work Styles Questionnaire (WSQ). The WAT includes areas of verbal expression and comprehension, problem sensitivity, deductive and inductive reasoning, and information ordering. It is used to measure the cognitive abilities that have been identified as essential to performing the duties of a Police Officer. The LES consists of multiple-choice questions related to the candidates’ past history and experience that are of potential relevance to successful performance of entry-level Police Officer. The WSQ assesses certain motivational, value-related, and attitudinal characteristics that are of potential relevance to successful performance of entry-level Police Officer.
The Arlington Police Department operates in a town of nearly 43,000 citizens, bordered by other major suburbs, including Cambridge, Medford, and Somerville. Last year, the Arlington Police Department oversaw a 25 percent drop in violent crime, including murder/manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, arson, and motor vehicle theft.
For those interested in taking the exam, the Commonwealth offers a useful exam study guide here.