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The Worcester Police Department has provided the following answers to frequently asked questions to assist the public.

Q:
How do I become a Worcester Police Officer?
 A:

The WPD is a Civil Service Department. You must score high enough on the Civil Service Exam to be considered. Exams for Worcester are every two years. The next exam is scheduled for April 20, 2013. Exams are scheduled by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Resources Division in Boston, 1-800-392-6178.

Applications can also be picked up at the City of Worcester Human Resources Department at City Hall. Preference is given to veterans and to City of Worcester residents.

Q:
Can I work for the WPD without being a police officer?
 A:

Yes. The City of Worcester Human Resources department is responsible for hiring the civilian support staff.

Q:
How I do become a dispatcher?
 A:

Police, Fire and EMS dispatching is done by the Emergency Communications Department. Questions can be directed to (508) 799-1776.

Q:
How do I become an Auxiliary Police Officer?
 A:

Captain Roger Steele of the Community Impact Division is responsible for the Auxiliary Police Officers. Questions can be directed to (508) 799-8682.

Q:
Does the WPD offer internships?
 A:

Occasionally the WPD utilizes interns. The internship must be a requirement of a college or university degree program. Questions can be directed to Sergeant Donald Cummings (508) 799-8611.

Q:
When is the next Citizens' Academy?
 A:

None scheduled at this time. The Citizens' Academy is a group of Worcester citizens who are interested in learning more about how their police department operates and the policing challenges our city faces. Participants in each session commit to meeting for three hours one night per week, for ten weeks, to learn about each aspect of the department.

Q:
When is the next Police Auction?
 A:

None scheduled at this time. However, at no time do the Worcester Police auction marked/unmarked cruisers, seized vehicles or motorcycles.

Q:
How do I obtain a copy of a police report?
 A:

Copies of completed arrest, accident and incident reports can be obtained at the WPD Records Bureau. Additionally, copies of Accident Reports may be obtained online through our Online Payments page. Questions can be directed to (508) 799-8630.

Q:
Who handles media requests?
 A:

Sergeant Kerry Hazelhurst is the WPD Public Information Officer. Questions can be directed to (508) 799-8611.

Q:
How do I obtain a license to carry a firearm?
 A:

Please view our Firearms LTC/FID page for information. Questions regarding obtaining a license to carry a firearm can be best answered by contacting the Worcester Police Department License Bureau at (508) 799-8650.

Q:
When is the next firearms safety course?
 A:

Upcoming Firearms Basic Safety Course dates can be found in the WPD Calendar. The cost for the residents of the City of Worcester is $20 and $35 for non residents (non-refundable). You must register prior to the course at the Worcester Police Department License Bureau. Hours for registration are 8:00 AM to 11:15 AM and 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM Monday-Friday. Additional questions can be directed to the License Bureau at (508) 799-8650.

Q:
What are the requirements for carrying pepper spray?
 A:

A firearms identification card is required. Additional questions can be directed to the License Bureau at (508) 799-8650.

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