Swampscott Police Department

Police Entry Exam: Saturday Dec. 18, 2021

Swampscott is a beautiful and tranquil seaside community of 13,800 residents located 15 miles northeast of Boston along the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Swampscott offers a friendly, welcoming and nurturing family environment, an excellent pre-school to grade 12 public educational system, superb public safety and support systems, abundant youth sports opportunities and a town government which is responsive to the needs of its citizens.

The Swampscott Police Department takes pride in the continued commitment of our officers to collaborate with the community in not only the prevention and reduction of crime, but in the formation of partnerships.  We are constantly focused on providing service to the citizens of our town. The Department values honesty, integrity, professionalism, and fairness.

Swampscott PD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The department does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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Thank you for your interest in the Swampscott Police Department’s upcoming law enforcement entry exam on Saturday, December 18, 2021. The in-person written exam will be held at a location TBD, and facilitated by Police Exam Solutions (PES). To avoid a potential disqualification please note all deadlines and/or requirements necessary for your eligibility and participation in the SPD exam process.


We have included the information and requirements necessary for your successful registration and exam participation.  Failure to meet these requirements will disqualify you from the process.

  1. Determine your eligibility to participate,

  2. Complete your registration through the www.policeapp.com portal,

  3. Complete on or before the deadline (5pm on December 16th), your PES Projected Personality Interpreter (PPI), through the pa.ppi-portal.com, (see detailed notes in the PES section below),

  4. PAT’s are being held immediately following the written exam,

  5. Stay up-to-date on exam announcements on the PES website


  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States as a police officer;

  • Be certifiable under the Massachusetts POST commission standards;

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

  • Be a high school graduate or possess a General Equivalency Diploma. Preference will be given to those candidates that have a college degree(s), military experience or combination;

  • Be a non-smoker;

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

  • No candidates for appointment to the position of Swampscott Police Officer shall have tattoos, body art, brands or scarifications that are considered offensive, extremist, racist, indecent, violent, or sexist;

  • Possess a valid Driver’s license at the time of examination;

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

  • Have the ability to pass a physical and psychological fitness for duty examination after receiving a conditional offer of employment;

  • Have the ability to pass the curriculum of Massachusetts Police Training Council Academy in order to achieve basic certification as a Police Officer;

  • Have an impeccable character background; and

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


PAT’s are scheduled for December 18, 2021, immediately following the written exam. You must wear athletic attire. A bottled water is suggested.

The Police Officer Physical Agility Test is a demanding component of the testing process. It is strongly suggested that you train to develop your strength and endurance in order to pass this section of the process. The SPD will be using the Cooper Age & Gender Based Standards.

Candidates must pass both the written exam AND PAT's to be considered an eligible candidate.


The first part of the written examination is the Candidate Insight Report (CIR), and the Projected Personality Interpreter (PPI). There are two sections in this process. The CIR and the PPI. You must complete both sections in order to successfully submit your PPI component.

  • The CIR will require you to complete a series of questions regarding your demographics, and your skills and qualifications for the job.

  • The PPI consists of 10 essay questions. Utilizing IBM Watson AI technology, the PPI is used to identify the top key personality traits possessed by candidates. The PPI report is not scored and/or ranked. It is designed to provide the department with personality insight for each candidate. A candidate will not be hired or eliminated from consideration for hire, based on this feedback. personality.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT! Upon your successful registration acceptance, the PPI portal will automatically email you a set of access instructions. DEADLINE TO COMPLETE THE PPI:  5pm, December 16, 2021.

Since this email will sometimes be intercepted by ISP firewalls, we advise you search all folders within your email box. The ‘from’ address is admin.ppi-portal.com. Your first-time access must be made through the link contained in the email. Have questions – call PES.



The second part of the exam process is the written exam. You will be participating in a written exam specifically tailored for predicting candidate’s best qualified for a career in law enforcement. Your exam was developed to measure the key skills, abilities and other characteristics required for job success. You will be allotted 2.5 hours to complete the exam. You should expect the test administration and exam completion to take approximately 3.25 hours.


The Swampscott PD will accept PES exam scores received from a previous PES 2021 exam. For details, instructions, and important notes on the Score Transfer policy, please visit https://www.policeexamsolutions.com/faq Candidates must transfer their score no later than 5pm December 16, 2021. Candidates are responsible for transferring their score. PES will not handle this for you.


PES will notify candidates via email when results are in. Typically, scores are released within (5) business days from the date of the exam. Instructions on how to access your score will be included in your 'Results-Are-In' email. 


Location:    Swampscott High School, 200 Essex St., Swampscott, MA
Check-In:   Begins at 10:30am. Doors close promptly at 11:00am. No admittance after 11:00am, under any circumstances.


  • Valid Photo ID

  • Mask are required to enter the test site

  • (2) No. 2 pencils – We recommend NOT using mechanical pencils


DO NOT BRING YOUR CELL PHONE AND/OR ANY SMART DEVICE. Anyone found possessing these items at the testing site, will immediately be disqualified and asked to leave the location.


All fees paid are NON-REFUNDABLE under any circumstances. Policeapp.com and PES do not offer make-up exam sessions or returns for exam registration purchases. Your registration purchase is for that particular exam only and cannot be transferred to another exam.


PES is here to help! Police Exam Solutions is facilitating and hosting the SPD exam. While your exam registration was processed  policeapp.com, Police Exam Solutions is managing the exam process on behalf of the Swampscott PD. To receive a timely response to your inquiries, we highly encourage you to submit your questions to info@policeexamsolutions.com, or by calling our office at 781.645.6005. Do NOT contact the SPD, or you may be disqualified from the process.

Click the button below to begin the registration process. You will be redirected to our partner, policeapp.com, to process your enrollment.