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How to become a Boston constable

How to become a Boston constable

There are options for new applicants, and for those wanting to renew their term:

Step

Before you get started

To apply to become a constable, you need to meet one of these requirements:

  • you must have at least three years of documented experience as a licensed constable before applying, or
  • you need to provide a certificate that shows you received constable training. The City does not have an approved course for training.

You also need to have a valid Massachusetts driver's license with a Boston address.

Step

Submit your application

You can pick up an application after January 1 at the Boston Police Department’s Licensing Unit:

  • 1 Schroeder PlazaRoom 104
  • Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

The Boston police only take applications from January 1 to February 15. You cannot submit an application after February 15.

Step

Wait for the City's response

The Licensing Unit conducts background checks and sends a list of candidates to City Hall. Through a process that includes the Mayor and City Council, the City approves a list of applicants.

Step

If you're approved, get insurance and a bond

We will send you a letter informing you of your appointment as a constable candidate. You are required to obtain insurance and file a bond with the Treasury Office at Boston City Hall.

You will then receive a letter informing you when to report to be sworn-in as a City of Boston Constable, and how to pay your required fee. The fee for a three-year constable term is $450.

Step

Before you get started

On January 2, the Boston police make renewal forms available to all current constables.

You can pick up an application at the Boston Police Department’s Licensing Unit:

  • 1 Schroeder Plaza, Room 104
  • Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
Step

Submit your application

You need to give your completed renewal form to the Boston Police Department’s Licensing Unit. The deadline to give the unit your application is February 15.

Step

Wait for the City's response

The Licensing Unit does background checks and sends a list of candidates to City Hall. Through a process that includes the mayor and City Council, we get a list of approved applicants.

Step

If you're approved, get insurance and a bond

We will send you a letter telling you that you were accepted as a constable candidate. You need to get insurance and also file a bond with the Treasury Office at Boston City Hall.

You will get a letter telling you when to report to be sworn-in as a City of Boston constable, and how to pay your required fee. The fee for a three-year constable term is $450.

Need to Know:
  • If you still have questions, contact the City Clerk’s office at 617-635-4600.
Contact:
City Clerk
617-635-4601
1 City Hall Square
Room 601
Boston, MA 02201-2014
United States