Become a Police Officer

The NBPD actively seeks recruits from all backgrounds to join its force. There are a couple of paths you can take to becoming a Police Officer here.


Become a Cadet at the NBPD and work alongside Officers to help with administrative duties and become a 911 call taker. After two years as a Cadet with the NBPD, you may be granted “cadet preference” by the Chief of Police. Cadet preference is granted to individuals who show they are committed, dependable, professional, and will be a true asset to the department and city during the evaluation process.

Civil Service
Take and pass the Civil Service Exam. Once completed, your name will be forwarded to the NBPD for consideration. Once accepted by the NBPD, a candidate will be sent to the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) for a 6-month training program that translates into 800+ hours. The program is organized into three (I-III) volumes with multiple subtopics and covers 21st century policing best practices with specific emphasis on the following core principles: problem solving, procedural justice, ethical decision making, and fair and impartial policing. Once an officer is on the job at the NBPD, he/she does a week of municipal training at HQ before he/she serves 30-days with a veteran officer. Officers are required to do 40 hours of in-service training annually.

For more information on either of these pathways to becoming an Officer with the NBPD, please contact: 508-991-6300 Ext. 79413