Malden is a civil service community, which means that all candidates for police officer must take an Open Competitive Exam administered periodically by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Human Resources. The score of that test determines the list from which we must hire. Those who score better are placed higher on the list. Please visit the website for the Massachusetts Civil Service Exam Schedule. Military Veterans and residents are given preference in hiring. Then candidates are required to complete a(n):
Physical Abilities Test
Candidates who successfully complete all parts of the interview process are enrolled in a Police Academy for 24 weeks of training before they are assigned to on-the-job training during a one year probationary period.
Police Cadets work inside police headquarters answering phone lines, taking incident reports, dispatching police officers and handling other administrative functions as needed or required. A Cadet works as an aide to the Shift Commander and is primarily assigned to the Malden Police Communications Center or the Bureau of Records.