Frequently Asked Questions
When is the next Police exam?
The civil service exam is given every two years. The last exam was administered April 30, 2011. For more information please contact the Massachusetts Human Resources Division at 617-727-3777 or visit their website.
Is there a residency requirement to become a Barnstable Police Officer?
Yes, in order to become a Barnstable Police Officer, you must be a resident of the Town of Barnstable. In addition, you must also be a resident of the town for at least one year prior to taking the civil service exam. For other entrance requirements or information, please contact Human Resources at 617-727-3777 or visit their website.
Does the police department hire officers from other cities or states?
The Barnstable Police Department does accept lateral transfers under civil service laws.
I am interested in a career in law enforcement. Do you have any internships in the BPD?
Yes, the Department does hire interns for temporary employment. The internships are unpaid and duties vary depending on the unit that you are applying for an internship. For more information on internships, please contact Anne Spillane, Director of Support Services, at 508-778-3806.
Does the Barnstable Police Department hire summer officers?
The Barnstable Police Department no longer hires summer officers as they have in the past.
I was in a motor vehicle accident. Where can I get my accident report?
Reports are available in person at the Barnstable Police department during normal business hours for a fee of $5.00. Or, they are available 24 hours a day at GetCrashReports.com. We are unable to fax accident reports under any circumstances.
When will my accident report be completed?
Typically accident reports are available 72 hours after your accident.
I collect patches and would like to have a Barnstable Police Patch sent to me. How can I obtain a patch?
All requests must be sent in writing to the Administration Office at BPD at 1200 Phinney's Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601. Please include your name, address, and reason for the patch request. If you are in law enforcement, you may want to send a patch from your police department as well.
Where can I find more information about getting a Firearms License?
Please visit the Massachusetts State website at mass.gov/eopss/firearms-reg-and-laws/frb/frequently-asked-questions.html
How do I request a tour of the Barnstable Police Department headquarters?
Please contact the Administrative Office at the Barnstable Police Department for more information. Tours are given on a limited basis.
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