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Quinsigamond Community College
  • 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606
  • 508-751-7900
  • Vocational Skills Training
Full-Time Recruit Officer Course
Program activities:

Successful completion of the recruit officer course (ROC) curriculum is required under M.G.L. Chapter 41 §96B to be a sworn municipal, University of Massachusetts, or environmental police officer in the Commonwealth. The ROC is organized into three (I-III) volumes with multiple subtopics. The ROC takes 20 weeks to complete and covers 21st-century policing best practices with specific emphasis on the following core principles: problem-solving procedural justice ethical decision making fair and impartial policing.

Police Academy Webpage:

Physical Requirements: All student officers must know what to expect ahead of time and must prepare well in advance of the first day of the academy. The most significant factors in this preparation are weight control, aerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. Download the MPTC Health and Wellness Fitness Preparation Guide to assist with preparing to attend the police academy.

Minimum Requirements:  Student officers must (1) be a minimum of 21 years old; (2) be employed or sponsored by a municipal, Environmental, or University of Massachusetts police department or other law enforcement department authorized by the Committee; and (3) successfully complete the Massachusetts Human Resource Division’s Physical Ability Test (PAT) and medical examinations.

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Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Diverse men and women ages 21 and above, from various economic, cultural and educational backgrounds.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 4
Total hours: 16
Program duration: 40 weeks
Rolling Admission: No
Number of cycles: 1
Program start dates: Next start September 9, 2024
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
4:30 PM - 10:30 PM (9/9/2024 - 5/1/2025)Classroom
9:00 AM - 05:00 PM (9/21/2024 - 4/26/2025)Classroom
Other Schedule Information: No class on 10/09/2023, 11/11/2023, 11/22/2023, 11/23/2023, 11/24/2023, 11/25/2023, 11/26/2023, 12/25/2023, 12/26/2023, 12/27/2023, 12/28/2023, 12/29/2023, 12/30/2023, 12/31/2023, 01/01/2024, 01/15/2024, 02/19/2024, 04/15/2024
Is the program offered remotely? Possible, but not typical
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606The campus is served by the following bus routes: #14 (City Hall – Showcase Cinemas/Holden via Burncoat St), #30 (City Hall – West Boylston Wal-Mart via Grove St & West Boylston St) and #31 (City Hall – Lincoln Plaza via Grove St. & West Boylston St)
Additional information about location:

Driving directions:

Additional Regional Transportation Options:
WRTA- Worcester Regional Transit Authority:
MBTA – Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority:

Program requirements: CORI check, SORI check, High school diploma/GED/HiSET
Program is CORI friendly? No
Anticipated outcomes: Certificate of Completion.
Other outcomes: Stackable Credential(s), Employment/Promotion

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? Yes
Out of pocket expense(s) or additional information: Supplies
Do participants receive any pay? Not applicable

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Jo Sundin
Telephone: 508-751-7900
Program code: QCC-IH-VT-ROC
ABAWD Qualifying? No