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BPDWPD Consortium 2022: Our Station
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Burlington & Wenham PD's
Consortium Exam 2022


Thank you for your interest in the combined Burlington and Wenham PD’s upcoming law enforcement entry exam. Currently, the Burlington PD and the Wenham PD have multiple immediate positions available, and anticipates additional openings in the future. The list of eligible candidates will remain on file for approximately two years or until the list is exhausted, whichever comes first. Candidates looking to become a patrol officer with either the Burlington PD or the Wenham PD are encouraged to register and participate in the written exam. The list will be shared by the participating departments, which means you are eligible for hire by either agency!


Your registration fee entitles you to participate in the BPD/WPD Physical Agilities Test (PAT), and the written exam, however you must pass the PAT on October 1, 2022, in order to participate in the written exam. If you do not pass the PAT, you are no longer considered eligible to proceed in the hiring process. The steps to success are below.


Steps for Exam Success:
    1. Register for the exam,

    2. Pass the PAT,

    3. If you pass the PAT, you must pass the written test,

    4. If you pass the PAT and written exam, you will be required to pass the additional testing measures set forth by the departments. For more information on this topic, please see the "Next Steps in the Hiring Process" highlighted below, and

     5. Click here to review the 2022 BPD & WPD Exam Packet. This is your printable resource for the information necessary for your successful participation in the recruitment process.



BPD & WPD: Minimum Requirements

If Minimum Requirements vary by agency, they will be outlined below.


  1. Be a U.S. citizen (by birth or naturalization);

  2. Be at least 21 and no older than 35 as of the date of the written examination;

  3. Possess a valid Massachusetts driver's license (or obtain one within 6 months of appointment);

  4. Possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D. certificate (preference may be given to those candidates that have a college degree, military experience or combination);

  5. Be a non-smoker;

  6. No felony convictions or equivalent convictions that would be a felony in Massachusetts;

  7. Have a strong character background and not be included on any decertification list or index;

  8. Must have the ability to pass the Massachusetts police academy, or an equivalent basic training academy, approved by the Municipal Police Training Committee in order to achieve basic certification as a police officer;

  9. Must be able to obtain a Massachusetts Class A License to Carry a Firearm;

  10. Burlington Tattoo Policy: All candidates for appointment to the position of Burlington Police Officer shall have tattoos, body art, brands or scarifications of any type removed prior to appointment. For the purpose of this rule only those tattoos, body art, brands or scarifications that are visible when the candidate is dressed in the Department's summer duty uniform must be removed. Attempts to disguise, cover-up or, otherwise keep any such tattoos, body art, brands or scarifications from view shall not satisfy the requirements of this rule.

  11. Wenham Tattoo Policy: All candidates for appointment to the position of Wenham Police Officer, both sworn and non-sworn, may at the discretion of the Chief of Police, have tattoos that are not covered by the wearing of the uniform, be required to cover the tattoo, with clothing, make up or any other garment that is issued or authorized by the Chief of Police. The Chief of Police would observe the uncovered tattoo and if determined to be inappropriate, offensive or sexual in nature, such tattoo would be required to be covered. Tattoos on the face, neck, head, or any area of exposed arms or legs would be subject to this rule. An example of this would be a “sleeve tattoo.” The Chief of Police may require an officer to wear long sleeve shirts regardless of the assigned uniform of the day;

  12. Ability to pass all requirements as set forth by the Police Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST); and

  13. Be willing and able to meet the duties and obligations of a Burlington Police Officer and/or a Wenham Police Officer, as described in the job descriptions provided. 


All candidates must understand that these basic minimum qualifications do not guarantee candidates employment and are not an offer of employment. All candidates will be assessed for their fitness for the position throughout the entire selection process.





  • PAT Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022

  • PAT Time Slot Assignment: You will be notified of your scheduled PAT time at least one week prior to the scheduled PAT. Time slots begin at 9am. We do not take requests for assigned timeslots. You must report a ½ hour before your scheduled time, and have your completed Waiver. You can download your PAT waiver here. If you fail to bring this to your PAT appointment, you will be disqualified.

  • PAT Location: Marshall Simonds Middle School, 114 Winn Street, Burlington, MA.

  • What to Bring:

    • Dress in appropriate fitness attire.

    • You must bring your completed PAT Waiver. If you do not have this document, you will not be permitted to participate in the PAT. You can download your PAT Waiver here.

    • Bottled water.

The PAT is not something that you can fail to prepare for and hope to pass. It is challenging and you will be tested at the level necessary to graduate the academy. We highly encourage you to find out more about the PAT by visiting the Municipal Police Training Committee website, or by clicking here. The time to prepare is now!

If you PASS the PAT, you are invited to participate in the written exam being held on Saturday, October 15, 2022.



Your written exam is specifically tailored for law enforcement and was developed to measure the key skills, abilities and other characteristics required for job success. Once the test has begun, you will be allotted 2.5 hours to complete your exam.

  • Written Exam Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

  • Written Exam Location: Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA

  • Check-in: Begins at 8:15am. Doors close at 9am sharp. Anyone arriving after 9am will not be permitted to sit for the exam.

  • What to Bring:

    • Your valid photo ID,

    • (2) No. 2 pencils, and

    • A water, if you choose.

  • What NOT to Bring: NO smart devices! This includes: cell phones, iPads, computers, smart watches, cameras, or any other device with internet and/or camera access. If you are found with one of these devices, you will immediately be disqualified and asked to leave the premises.



  • In order to participate in the written exam, you are REQUIRED to meet the Minimum Requirements as specified by the departments, and pass the Physical Abilities Test.



  • For more information on the BPD & WPD job descriptions for the role of Patrol Officer, please download our BPD & WPD 2022 Exam Packet for additional details.



  • If you pass the PAT & the written exam, please understand that these are only the first steps in the BPD and WPD hiring process. Eligible candidates who pass the PAT and written exam, will be required to participate in the subsequent screening measures. This can include, but is not limited to, scenario testing, interview, background, medical, and psych exams.



  • Prior PES exam results are NOT eligible for score transferring to the BPD/WPD exam. Anyone who is interested in being considered in the BPD/WPD hiring process must sit for this exam.


  • For a complete and comprehensive BPD & WPD 2022 Exam Packet informational guide, click here.


  • Currently, we do not offer a study guide for the exam. Your exam consists of mostly situational-based questions, and tests on both cognitive and non-cognitive dimensions.



  • Typically, scores are released within (5) business days from the date of the written exam. Once available, PES will provide candidates, via email, instructions on how to access your individual score.



  • PES is here to help! Police Exam Solutions is facilitating and hosting the BPD and WPD exam. As such, all questions regarding the exam process, will be handled by Police Exam Solutions. To provide you with a timely, informative response, we highly encourage you to submit inquires to, or by calling the office at 781.645.6005. Do NOT contact the BPD or WPD, or you may be disqualified from the process.


All fees paid are NON-REFUNDABLE. PES does 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.

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