Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee Basic Recruit Course

Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee

Basic Recruit Course

Credits Available

  • Constitutional Law (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Criminal Investigations (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Criminal Law I (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Emergency Management (3 credits, lower division level)
  • First Aid, Health and Wellness (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Interpersonal Communication for Law Enforcement (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Introduction to Law Enforcement (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Law Enforcement Practicum (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Police Patrol Procedures (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Victimology (3 credits, lower division level)

Dates Valid

April 2010 through April 2020

Source of Records

Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee; 6 Adams Street; Randolph, MA 02368

The Basic Recruit training program is taught at multiple sites within Massachusetts. All programs use the same curriculum, therefore, all review results extend to any such training sites.

About the Training Sponsor

The Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) is responsible for training standards, training delivery, and training records for all municipal police officers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The primary mission of the Agency is to deliver the Basic Course for Police. The Agency also delivers a variety of courses ranging from half-day to three-weeks for continuing education credits. Additionally, the Agency sets forth training standards, for all Municipal, Environmental, and UMASS Police Officers in the Commonwealth.

About the Program

The Basic Course for Police, or Basic Recruit, is an entry level 21-week intensive full-time course made up of approximately 50 modules dealing with a wide variety of policing topics essential for an officer new to the job. The Course trains recruits to enable them to start work in a police department immediately post-graduation. The training includes skills such as firearms and emergency driving, physical fitness, law, family dysfunction, communication, and a host of other topics necessary for the modern-day police officer. Student officers wear uniforms to class, learn police decorum, and conduct class business in an organized manner.

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

Constitutional Law (3 credits, lower division level)
This course provides instruction on constitutional law as it relates to Police Procedure, namely the fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth amendments. Specific case law is taught and updated based on the concepts necessary for a police officer to perform his duties and uphold the oath of office.

Criminal Investigations (3 credits, lower division level)
This course is designed to make the student aware of the fundamentals of criminal investigation. Instruction is provided on eyewitness investigation, interview/interrogation techniques, drug identification and investigation, investigative techniques and crime scene investigation, gang investigation, sudden infant death syndrome, juvenile issues, and youth violence. The student will learn correct procedures and conduct at the crime scene, how to preserve evidence, and chain of custody.

Criminal Law I (3 credits, lower division level)
This course involves comprehensive study of sources, distinctions, and limitations relating to criminal law; the development of criminal law in the United States; the principles of criminal liability; various crimes and their elements; and the criteria considered in determining capacity and defenses. Instruction is provided on criminal law, court procedures, and moot court.

Emergency Management (3 credits, lower division level)
This course provides instruction on homeland security, hazardous materials, and active shooter situations. The course examines the core principles for managing the transition from first response and life safety operations into the decedent recovery and identification process.

First Aid, Health and Wellness (3 credits, lower division level)
This course provides instruction on first aid, health and wellness with modules on first responder/CPR training, health and wellness, fitness screening and evaluation, and sexual harassment.

Interpersonal Communication for Law Enforcement (3 credits, lower division level)
This course provides education in language and meaning influenced by law enforcement situations, including issues of verbal and nonverbal communication and "perception versus reality". Students explore cultural awareness issues in interpersonal communication as influenced by race, gender, age and other factors. Instruction is provided on crisis intervention, one-on-one communication, report writing, suicide prevention and intervention, and integrity.

Introduction to Law Enforcement (3 credits, lower division level)
This course examines the history of law enforcement, the work of police officers, and how police organizations operate. Instruction is provided on the evolution of community policing, beat and community profile development, arrests and processing detainees, use of force, vehicle theft, and radar.

Law Enforcement Practicum (3 credits, lower division level)
This course provides instruction on defense tactics, less lethal applied seminition training, firearms, emergency driving, field sobriety tests, IBTO breath testing, and information technology for police officers.

Police Patrol Procedures (3 credits, lower division level)
This course prepares students to demonstrate effective patrol techniques and provides instruction on motor vehicle law, motor vehicle law, motor vehicle stops, applied patrol procedures, occupant protection and usage, patrol response procedures, and traffic control/accident investigations.

Victimology (3 credits, lower division level)
This course provides instruction on bias crime and cultural diversity, autism spectrum disorder, domestic violence and elder abuse, sex crimes, human trafficking, people with special needs, police response to mental illness and emotional disturbances, and victimization/victim rights.