The Walpole Police Department is not a Civil Service Police Department. Our department contracts an independent firm to conduct our own police entrance examination as the first step in the hiring process. These tests occur roughly every two (2) years, depending on funding.
Following the entrance examination a pool of candidates who scored above a set level will be contacted to continue in the process. For example, those scoring above 90 may be selected. The specific scoring level will depend on the number of candidates, the number of openings, and will be at the sole discretion of the Chief of Police.
This pool of candidates will then go through a specific hiring process consisting of interviews, background investigations, and a variety of steps until the best candidate for the job is found.
Below are some basic requirements:
(1) You must be 21 at the time of the exam, there is no maximum age limit.
(2) There is no residency requirement to take the test. However, within one (1) year of appointment, employees shall reside within fifteen miles of the limits of the Town of Walpole, in accordance with Massachusetts General Law.
(3) You must possess at least an Associate's Degree (or equivalent credits toward a Bachelors) from an accredited college/university, or possess a high school diploma/G.E.D. equivalent and have achieved veteran's status with the United States Armed Forces as defined by Massachusetts General Law.
(4) There are no automatic points awarded for veteran's status or residency status. However, military service and residency within the Town of Walpole ARE part of the criteria taken into consideration during the application process.
(5) There is no make-up date. However, members of the Armed Forces who are on active duty and unable to attend due to military assignments, may qualify for, and be given a future make up opportunity to take the exam.
Below are a few links that may be helpful for those looking to enter law enforcement.