Marlborough - Entry Level Police Officer

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Department Marlborough Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleEntry Level Police Officer
Registration FeePES Testing Fee: $115.00
Processing Fee: $25.00
Location Marlborough, MA

Job Announcement

Marlborough Police Department, MA Public Safety Jobs

City of Marlborough Police Department

Entry level - Police Officer Exam

When:                August 24, 2019

Check in:           08:15 a.m. –09:00 a.m. (exact test time decided TBD by P.E.S.)

Exam Time:      09:00 a.m.  (NO ENTRY will be allowed after the exam has started)

Exam location:  Marlborough High School – 431 Bolton Street, Marlborough, MA 01752

All fees paid are NON-REFUNDABLE under any circumstances.



  • Must be 21 years of age and no older than 37 years of age at the time of the exam.
  • Non-Smoker pursuant to M.G.L. c41, s101A.
  • Possess a High school diploma or G.E.D. at time of exam. (Preference may be given to applicants possessing a college degree, military experience or a combination of both).
  • Proof of citizenship.
  • Must possess a Massachusetts driver’s license or obtain one prior to appointment.
  • Must reside within 15 miles of the border of the city of Marlborough within one (1) year of appointment. (Relocation expenses are not provided. Time will be allowed for relocation associated with appointment).
  • Must possess or qualify for a Massachusetts Firearms License To Carry (LTC) permit, class-A.
  • Have NO Felony convictions.
  • Completion of a satisfactory background examination.
  • Must complete a physical examination and psychological examination (provided by the City of Marlborough).
  • Must possess the ability to complete all the requirements established by the Massachusetts Municipal Training Council to be a certified police officer in Massachusetts.
  • Must satisfactorily complete Oral board interviews.




The Marlborough Police Department welcomes you to apply for the position of police officer with the City of Marlborough.  We have partnered with and Police Exam Solutions for the initial examination process.  The recruitment process requires a potential candidate to successfully complete the entire battery of testing, which includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following steps:

The written examination:

The written examination will consist of two components.  The first part of the examination will require you to complete a series of essay questions on-line. This questionnaire MUST be completed before attending the written examination.  You will receive further details and a link via email after submitting your application.  Check your email for the PPI-Portal Registration instructions.  

The second part of this examination will be administered by Police Exam Solutions (“PES”) on August 24, 2019 at the Marlborough High School – 431 Bolton Street, Marlborough, MA 01752.  The examination will begin promptly at 9:00 am.  You must follow all directions of PES related to the exam. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.  Further information on the written exam will be supplied to all applicants at a time to be determined, but well in advance of the examination.  Additional information may be found on our website:

Physical abilities testing (“PAT”):

The PAT will take place within a few weeks after a candidate successfully passes the written exam. A passing grade on the written exam does not necessarily guarantee an invitation to the PAT.  Further information relative the PAT will be posted with other recruitment materials on and the Marlborough Police website.  Please take this PAT seriously.  Any candidate that fails any of the testing components will be immediately disqualified from further testing for the remainder of this recruitment drive.

Interview Panel:

The interview panel will be held at a time to be determined based on the current staffing needs of the department.  Candidates that are invited to participate will be given advanced notice and further instructions at the necessary time.  No prior police experience is necessary to participate.  The panel will ask candidates general questions and pertinent scenario-based questions.  There may also be a writing assignment given to candidates at the time of the interview.  The panel will consist of sworn members of the department of various ranks and assignments, as well as a representative from the Human Resources Department for the City of Marlborough.

Interview with the City Administrator and Chief of Police:

The City Administrator is the appointing authority for the City of Marlborough.  He and the Chief of Police will interview selected candidates when an opening is ready to be filled. 

Conditional Offer of Employment:

This contract is entered into between the candidate for hire and the City of Marlborough.  This contract only extends to a candidate that is offered a position as a police officer.  Once signed, the department will agree to hire the candidate provided all “conditions” are met. All financial obligations relative to the conditional offer are borne by the City of Marlborough.  The conditions are successful completion of the:

  • Background Investigation: which will be conducted by a Marlborough Police Department Detective.
  • Medical Examination: a full medical examination, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of MA; including a drug screening.
  • Psychological Fitness Examination: the psychological may consist of a battery of written tests
  • and interview(s) conducted by a trained psychotherapist.

Those candidates that require initial training will undergo all necessary steps for admission to the police academy.  The specific academy that the candidate will attend depends on multiple factors, but the selection is determined by the Chief of Police.

Academy training:  

Any candidate requiring initial training must successfully pass the academy.  Currently, academy training in MA is 22-25 weeks; and is subject to change by Municipal Police Training Committee (“MPTC”) mandate.

Field Training:  

Officers that successfully pass the academy will then begin their career with the department as a full-time patrol officer and must successfully pass a 10-12 week field training program (“FTO”).  The FTO program will serve to bridge the academy experience with actual police work. Candidates will be assigned to various veteran training officers throughout this period and will also be expected to successfully complete training on the 911 system operations, as well as the department’s rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

All newly appointed officers will be considered “probationary” for their first year of service.



The City of Marlborough is a City located in Middlesex county in Massachusetts. The City is located approximately half way between the City of Boston and the City of Worcester. Marlborough borders the towns of Framingham, Hudson, Berlin, Southborough, Sudbury and Northborough. The Marlborough Police Department serves a diversified population of approximately 40,000 residents including the following ancestries: Brazilian (16.0%), Irish (9.8%), Italian (7.2%), American (4.4%), English (3.7%), French Canadian (3.1%) [information depicted provided by].

The city of Marlborough is approximately 21.5 square miles

Marlborough was established as a town in 1660 and adopted city government in 1890.

Marlborough is centrally located in the Metro-west region of the Boston area. It sits along major routes of travel including routes 495, 290, 20 and 85.   

The Marlborough Police Department consists of 69 sworn officers and 15 civilian employees

Marlborough is home to the largest indoor Ice sports facility in the Northeast, the New England Sports Center. It is also home to the Solomon pond mall as well as numerous other strip mall complexes, including the APEX center and Forekicks, in the west end of the city.   

The Marlborough Police Department offers a variety of specialized units supplementing the patrol force including K-9 Unit, Community Policing, Community Services, Investigation Unit, School Resource Officers(3), Traffic Unit and motorcycle patrol.



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