Chief of Police
2 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Bedford Police Department Announces Statewide Police Entrance Exam
BEDFORD — Police Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department are encouraging anyone interested in a career in law enforcement to sign up soon 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.
“Those wishing to become a part of a progressive, 21st century police department should seriously consider taking the police exam,” Chief Bongiorno said.
The Bedford Police Department actively encourages woman, minorities, and military veterans 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.
For those interested in taking the exam, the Commonwealth offers a useful exam study guide here.