Irene (girlygothic) wrote in ask_a_cop,

Boston, MA Specific Questions

I have an idea for a story I'm just beginning to write, and I'm finding I have a *lot* of questions about the Boston Police. I've been researching online, and the official website has helped a lot. But then, it's also prompted more questions. (In fact, in some ways, the more I research, the less I understand.) So, hoping there are some Boston Police Officers/Detectives on this list, I guess I'll start with some of the simplest questions.

1) I've only ever been to one game at Fenway, and at the time I really wasn't paying attention to such things. But I'm assuming there'd have to be police presence at home games. Are the officers that work there during games assigned as part of their regular duties/shift? Is it considered regular duty, but something you volunteer for rather than are assigned? Is it considered extra/overtime work?

2) If I'm understanding the website correctly, you don't have to attend the Academy to become an officer, but doing so does give you preference in the hiring process. Other than that preference, are there any other advantages to going through the academy? (Does it speed up your career path if you do/hold you back if you don't?)

3) How old do you have to be to attend the Academy? (The website gives conflicting information on this. In one place is says you have to be at least 21 to be an officer. In another it says you have to be between 18 and 24 to work for the BPD.)

I guess I'll stop there for now. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.
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