Welcome to the Somerset Police Department
Thank you for your interest in the Somerset Police Department. As the Chief of Police of the Town of Somerset, I take 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 Somerset Police Department values honesty, integrity, professionalism, and fairness.
The Somerset Police Department is looking to add 10 reserve officers from the 2021 newly established candidate list. From this pool of candidates at least two will be made full-time. The recruitment process will begin once the eligible candidate list is furnished. The Somerset Police Department will maintain the 2021 list for two years, at which point a new test will be administered.
As part of our commitment to keeping everyone healthy during the pandemic, the Somerset PD has opted to host the April exam via the PES @Home Testing process. If you would like to be part of a great team please consider registering for our exam. We look forward to your participation in our exam.
Chief George M. McNeil
Somerset Police Department
Equal Opportunity Employer:
The Somerset Police Department 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.
All candidates for employment as sworn police officers must meet the following qualifications. By registering for this exam, you agree that you meet these minimum qualifications. Failure to do may result in your disqualification for employment.
Be a United States Citizen;
Be at least 21 years of age at the time of the written examination;
Have obtained an associates degree or higher, or be an honorably discharged Veteran enrolled in a college Criminal Justice program;
Be a non-smoker;
Not be a convicted felon, or have any equivalent convictions that would be a felony in Massachusetts;
Submit to an in-depth background investigation;
Sign a consent form allowing the department to obtain records relating to your criminal, credit, employment, military, or financial history;
Be willing to perform shift work, including weekends, holidays and overtime on an emergency basis;
Possess a valid Massachusetts drivers license, or obtain one with six months of appointment;
Have the ability to obtain a Massachusetts Class A License to carry a firearm;
Have the ability to physically and mentally perform the essential functions of a police officer consistent with the requirements of the Americans’ with Disabilities Act (ADA);
Have the ability to pass the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Academy in order to achieve basic certification as a Police Officer;
Have a strong character background; and
Be willing and able to meet the duties and obligations of a Somerset Police Officer.
About the @Home Testing Process
Sessions available as follows:
(1) AM session on Weds April 28,
(1) AM & (1) PM session on Thurs April 29, and
(1) PM session for Fri April 30
You will participate in ONE session. A week prior to the first exam date, you will receive an invite to book your test session. We highly encourage you book as early as possible, as availability is first-come, first served.
AM sessions begin promptly at 9:30AM, and PM sessions begin promptly at 2:30PM.
A mobile smartphone or tablet. Your mobile device will be used to connect to videoconferencing software so that IOS (PES’s proctoring firm), can monitor you while you take the examination. Your device must meet the following requirements:
iPhone 5 or later running iOS11 – iOS13
iPad 3rd gen or later running iOS11-iOS13
Android device running Android OS5 (Lollipop) – Android 10
A desktop or laptop PC running Windows 10 or later. You will take the exam on your PC via IOS’ Testing Application. Please note that the testing software is not compatible with Macs or Chromebooks.
A reliable internet connection on each device. Your mobile device and PC must be connected to the internet at all times. Your mobile device should have a 3G or WiFi connection. If you lose your internet connection at any time, you will be locked out of the examination.
All additional details:
Detailed information along your invitation link necessary to book your preferred exam session will be sent the week prior to the first exam date. Stay tuned to your email. This email will be sent directly from our proctoring firm, IO Solutions. If you do not receive your email by April 21st, call PES immediately, so we can help you in advance of the deadline. All session bookings must be made within 72 hours before the first date. Any questions on this process should be directed to Police Exam Solutions.
Deadline for Registration:
The deadline to register is midnight on Mon., April 19th.
Once you have booked your exam session, you will receive your email confirmation letter.
Each Candidate is Required To:
Your PPI component: Submit your completed online Candidate Questionnaire and Essay Questions no later than 9:00am, Weds, April 21st, or you will be disqualified, and
Candidates must submit to PES a cover letter, resume, transcript(s), and a copy of any certifications. All documents must be mailed to PES, 1337 Mass. Ave., Suite 256, Arlington, MA 02476, no later than April 21st.
Score Transfers: You may transfer your score from any previous 2021 PES exams so long as the score is available prior to the registration deadline for the SPD. If you are transferring your score from another exam, you are responsible for mailing the required documents to Police Exam Solutions, LLC for receipt no later than Weds., April 21st.
NO EMAILED OR HAND DELIVERED DOCUMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Pass/Fail Threshold: The department has determined anyone receiving a 70% or above will pass the written exam.
PAT’s (Physical Abilities Test):
The first step to passing the PAT’s is to be prepared! To best prepare yourself for this part of the recruitment process, please visit the Mass.gov website. Additional resources and information can be found on our website.
Questions & Comments:
Please reach out to PES if you have any questions. We are here to help you throughout the process. The Department has specifically asked that you do not contact them with inquiries.
We look forward to your participation in the Somerset PD exam.