Published August 15, 2019

NORTH READING — The North Reading Police Department, in conjunction with Police Exam Solutions (PES), has scheduled a law enforcement entrance exam, and Police Chief Michael Murphy encourages anyone who is interested in becoming a North Reading police officer to sign up.

The non-civil service exam is scheduled for Saturday, September 14, at North Reading High School, 189 Park St.

Candidates must arrive at the test site at 8:15 a.m. The exam begins at 9 a.m. The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 11 at 9 a.m. Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable examination fee of $135.

PES will provide a multiple choice exam that measures basic educational reading, writing and mathematical abilities. The test will focus on how candidates handle stress and responsibility, their emotional skills and work attitudes, their interpersonal skills and their practical problem-solving skills. It will not require job-specific reading, study or course work.

To be eligible to participate in the North Reading Police Department’s Entrance Exam, all candidates for employment as sworn police officers must meet the following basic selection criteria:

• Be a United States citizen

• Be at least 21 years of age at the time of the written examination

• Be a high school graduate or possess a General Equivalency Diploma (preference may be given to those candidates who have a college degree and/or military experience)

• Be a non-smoker

• Not be a convicted felon, or have any equivalent convictions that would be a felony in Massachusetts

• All candidates for appointment to the position of North Reading Police Officer are prohibited from having or from getting tattoos, body art, branding, scarification, dental art or any other form of personal expression, regardless of how that will be openly displayed and visible while wearing any department uniform or while on duty and in plain clothes assignment.

The Chief of Police may grant a waiver or allow reasonable accommodations for a tattoo that is representative of the official emblem of the branch of the armed forces in which the employee served, or a tattoo that is representative of religious beliefs that are “sincerely held”

• Possess a valid Massachusetts driver’s license, or obtain one within six months of appointment

• Have the ability to obtain a Massachusetts Class A License to Carry a Firearm

• Have the ability to pass a physical and psychological examination

• Have the ability to pass the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Academy in order to achieve basic certification as a Police Officer

• Have a strong character background

• Be willing and able to meet the duties and obligations of a North Reading Police Officer.