Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Melrose Police Department Announces Statewide Police Exam Is Being Held on April 25

MELROSE — Police Chief Michael L. Lyle announces that a statewide Municipal and MBTA Transit Police examination will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Click here for more information on the exam or to apply for the test.

Written Examination Date: April 25, 2015
Application Deadline: March 13, 2015*
Examination Fee: $100
Written Examination Locations: Various sites across the state

*There is an additional $50 fee for applications received after March 13, 2015. Applications will NOT be accepted after March 26, 2015.

From the State Executive Office for Administration and Finance:

This examination is being held to establish an eligible list from which to fill Police Officer vacancies in civil service municipalities and MBTA Transit Police. This eligible list may also be used to fill Police Officer vacancies in non-civil service jurisdictions. Applicants will have the option to have their exam results apply to: 1.) both municipal and MBTA eligible lists; or 2.) the municipal eligible list only. Candidates must take and pass this examination in order to be placed on the eligible list.


Duties: A Police Officer works under supervision to perform law enforcement duties, protecting life, property, and the civil rights of individuals. Primary duties include patrol; interacting with citizens to provide service and render assistance; and preparing and completing records, reports, and other paperwork documenting incidents for use in prosecution. A Police Officer is dispatched to crime and emergency scenes in response to reported violations, accidents, domestic disputes and abuses, and other incidents; carries out crime scene duties; makes arrests and performs searches and seizures; conducts investigations; and interviews witnesses, suspects, and complainants. For a more detailed listing of duties, see the essential functions of a Massachusetts Police Officer, available on our website.

Written Examination: The written examination consists of three subtests: the Written Ability Test (WAT), the Life Experience Survey (LES), and the Work Styles Questionnaire (WSQ). The WAT is administered to measure cognitive abilities that have been identified as essential to performing the duties of a Police Officer. The WAT includes areas of verbal expression, verbal comprehension, problem sensitivity, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, and information ordering. The LES consists of a series of multiple-choice questions related to candidates’ past history and experience of potential relevance to successful performance of entry-level Police Officer. The WSQ is designed to assess certain motivational, value-related and attitudinal characteristics that are of potential relevance to successful performance of entry-level Police Officer. A Police Officer Written Exam Orientation and Preparation Guide, which describes the written examination in more detail, is available on our website.

If you are interested in taking the exam, the Commonwealth offers a useful exam study guide here.

Chief Lyle encourages anyone interested in a career in law enforcement to sign up to take the exam!



John Guilfoil is the Principal Owner of JGPR. Tweet @johnguilfoil or email him.

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