Lexington - Entry Level Police Officer

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Department Lexington Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleEntry Level Police Officer
Registration FeePES Testing Fee: $115.00
Processing Fee: $25.00
Location Lexington, MA

Job Announcement

Lexington Police Department, MA Police Jobs




Four (4) immediate openings! Several additional openings are anticipated over the next two (2) years.

When:                August 20, 2022

Check in:           08:15 a.m. –09:00 a.m.

Exam Time:       09:00 a.m.  (NO ENTRY will be allowed after the exam has started)

Exam location:  Lexington High School – 251 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02421

All fees paid are NON-REFUNDABLE under any circumstances.

The Lexington Police Department will be hosting a written examination for the position of police officer on August 20, 2022. Interested candidates that meet the qualifications for employment are encouraged to apply, all fees paid are NON-REFUNDABLE under any circumstances. Further details about the process may be found at www.PoliceApp.com/LexingtonMA and https://www.policeexamsolutions.com  Candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications in order to be appointed as a police officer to the Lexington Police Department.

The Exam Process: Following Instructions is the Key to Success!

We have included the information and requirements necessary for your successful registration and exam participation (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD).  Failure to meet these requirements will disqualify you from the process. Stay up-to-date on exam announcements on the PES website at www.policeexamsolutions.com

  1. You must download and thoroughly read the Registration and Exam Participation Document,
  2. Determine your eligibility to participate,
  3. Complete your registration through the www.policeapp.com portal,
  4. Complete on or before the deadline (5pm on August 15th), your PES Projected Personality Interpreter (PPI), through the pa.ppi-portal.com, (see detailed notes in the PES section below),
  5. Stay up-to-date on exam announcements on the PES website at www.policeexamsolutions.com.


The qualifications include:

In order to take the entrance exam, a police officer candidate must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen (by birth or naturalization);
  • Be at least 21 Years of age as of the date of the written examination;
  • Possess a valid Massachusetts driver’s license (or obtain one within 6 months of appointment);
  • Possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D. certificate (preference will be given to those candidates that have a college degree, military experience or combination);
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Candidates may not have any felony convictions or equivalent convictions that would be a felony in Massachusetts;
  • Have a strong character background;
  • Must have the ability to pass (or has successfully completed) the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Academy in order to achieve basic certification as a police officer (if certified elsewhere, must be able to obtain a waiver from the MPTC);
  • Must be able to obtain a Massachusetts Class “A” License to Carry a Firearm;
  • Be willing and able to meet the duties and obligations of a Lexington Police Officer.

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


The Lexington Police Department welcomes you to apply for the position of police officer with the Town of Lexington.  We have partnered with Policeapp.com and Police Exam Solutions for the initial examination process.  The recruitment process requires a potential candidate to successfully complete the entire battery of testing, which includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following steps:

PES: Written Exam: Part I-DEADLINE TO COMPLETE THE PPI:  5pm, August 17, 2022.

You are required to complete your Projected Personality Interpreter component (PPI), no later than Aug. 15, 2022, to be eligible to sit for the exam. If you fail to complete this portion by the deadline, you will be automatically disqualified. See Registration Packet for more info.

  • BE ON THE LOOKOUT! Upon your successful registration acceptance, the PPI portal will automatically email you a set of access instructions. 

Failure to complete this portion of the exam before the deadline will result  in your disqualification from the process.

 Since this email will sometimes get 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. Should you have any issues, you must contact PES for assistance. To best assist you, it’s suggested you do not wait until the last minute.

PES: Written Exam: Part II- Registration Ends: 9am August 17, 2022

The second part of the exam process is the in person written exam. Saturday, August 20, 2022.  Further details are outlined in the Registration and Exam Participation Document.
Location:   Lexington High School – 
Address:    251 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02421
Check-In:  Begins at 8:15am. Doors close promptly at 9:00am.  No admittance after 9:00am, under any circumstances. 

You must follow all directions of PES related to the exam. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.  Further information on the written exam will be supplied to all applicants at a time to be determined, but well in advance of the examination.  Additional information may be found on our website:  https://www.lexingtonma.gov/police 

Physical abilities testing (“PAT”):

The PAT will take place at a time to be determined after the written exam, candidates with the highest scores on the written exam will be invited to attend the PAT testing. A passing grade on the written exam does not necessarily guarantee an invitation to the PAT.  Further information relative to the PAT will be posted with other recruitment materials on Policeapp.com and the Lexington Police website.  Please take this PAT seriously.  Any candidate that fails any of the testing components will be immediately disqualified from further testing for the remainder of this recruitment drive.

Refunds and/or Exchanges

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.

Fee Waivers:

A waiver may be granted if an applicant demonstrates a need based upon financial hardship. To determine your eligibility, please fill out the Fee Waiver Application, and submit your request, along with the required supporting documentation to Police Exam Solutions via email info@policeexamsolutions.com or hardcopy. Your application package must be received at least five (5) business days prior to the registration deadline. Once a review of your eligibility is complete, you will receive an email of our determination. If approved, you will receive additional information regarding the next steps necessary for your registration.

Interview Panel:

The interview panel will be held at a time to be determined based on the current staffing needs of the Lexington department.  Candidates that are invited to participate will be given advanced notice and further instructions at the necessary time.  No prior police experience is necessary to participate.  There may also be a writing assignment given to candidates at the time of the interview. 

Interview with the Chief of Police:

The Town Manager is the appointing authority for the Town of Lexington.  The Chief of Police will conduct interviews with selected candidates when an opening is ready to be filled and make recommendations to The Town Manager.

Conditional Offer of Employment:

This contract is entered into between the candidate for hire and the Town of Lexington.  This contract only extends to a candidate that is offered a position as a police officer.  Once signed, the department will agree to hire the candidate provided all “conditions” are met. All financial obligations relative to the conditional offer are borne by the Town of Lexington.  The conditions are successful completion of the:

  • Background Investigation: which will be conducted by The Lexington Police Department.
  • Medical Examination: a full medical examination, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of MA; including a drug screening.
  • Psychological Examination: the psychological may consist of a battery of written tests
  • and interview(s) conducted by a trained psychotherapist.

Those candidates that require initial training will undergo all necessary steps for admission to the police academy.  The specific academy that the candidate will attend depends on multiple factors, but the selection is determined by the Chief of Police.

Academy training:  

Any candidate requiring initial training must successfully pass the academy.  Currently, academy training in MA is 22-25 weeks; and is subject to change by Municipal Police Training Committee (“MPTC”) mandate.

Field Training:  

Officers that successfully pass the academy will then begin their career with the department as a full-time patrol officer and must successfully pass a 10-12 week field training program (“FTO”).  The FTO program will serve to bridge the academy experience with actual police work. Candidates will be assigned to various veteran training officers throughout this period and will also be expected to successfully complete training, as well as know the department’s rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

All newly appointed officers will be considered “probationary” for their first year of service following completion of The FTO Program.

In the event a candidate is contacted to advance to the next phase of the hiring process, but is unavailable to participate due to travel, serving a tour of duty, and/or injury, the Lexington Police Department reserves the right to fill vacancies, as soon as deemed necessary. In this case, the candidate will remain on the LPD Eligible Candidate List for future consideration. The List is typically active for two years, or until exhausted, whichever comes first.


Please direct questions regarding this position to jmazerall@lexingtonma.gov

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