FAQ

Is there a dress code for students?
Yes. It can be found elsewhere on this site.

How much is the tuition for SSPI classes?
Tuition for Basic Reserve Training is TBD. As a result of the increase in hours, tuition for Reserve In-Service training is now $250.00.

How often are these courses offered?
SSPI will offer one Basic Reserve Program each year and approximately six Reserve In-Service Programs. Students attend Basic Reserve Training one time and are strongly encouraged to attend Reserve In-Service yearly.

When is tuition payment due?
Tuition is due either at Orientation or no later than the first night of class.

Do I need to purchase any books?
Yes. Books for the Basic Reserve program will be ordered for the students.  The cost will be announced at Orientation

Does SSPI have a refund policy?
Yes. Tuition will be refunded in full before Orientation. After Orientation and before the first class 50% of tuition will be refunded less a 10% administrative fee.

What are the class hours?
Basic Reserve meets four nights a week, Monday – Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm, and every Saturday from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm.   Reserve In-Service classes meet two nights per week from 6:00PM until 9:00PM. Currently, Reserve In-Service meets on Monday and Wednesday. This is subject to change however depending on the availability of instructors.

How do I know if class is cancelled due to weather?
Academy cancellations will be listed on www.whdh.com.

Who are the instructors?
We feel we have some of the best instructors in the law enforcement field. All are certified by the Municipal Police Training Committee and have attended a “Train The Trainer” course sponsored by MPTC. Nearly all are active-duty or retired police officers of all ranks with many years of experience. All of our instructors are dedicated to providing the highest quality training and work constantly to keep their material current and timely.

What about exams?

The Basic Reserve program consists of multiple exams including:

Criminal Law
Constitutional Law
Motor Vehicle Law
Defensive Tactics
CPR and First Responder
Final Exam

What happens if I miss a class?
Attendance at all classes is mandatory. Missed classes must be made up. The academy staff will assist students in making up classes.  You will not graduate from any of the programs unless all classes have been attended.

If I have already attended a MPTC sponsored class, which is part of the SSPI program, am I required to attend that class again at SSPI?
Yes. SSPI feels if we are giving you a certificate of successful completion of our training program we want you to have our training.

How long are SSPI courses?
The Basic Reserve Training program is 372.5 hours. The Reserve In-Service Training Program is 41 hours.

Do I need to attend Basic Reserve Training before I can enroll in Reserve In-Service?
Yes. Basic Reserve is a prerequisite for Reserve In-Service. Students wishing to attend Reserve In-Service must submit a copy of their certificate showing successful completion of Basic Reserve or prior attendance at Reserve In-Service.

Do I need to be sponsored to attend SSPI courses?
Yes. Students must be sponsored by a police department or agency with arrest power under Massachusetts General Law.

May I bring a weapon to class?
SSPI strongly discourages students bringing weapons to class, as they will not be needed for any part of the training. In no case will a weapon be allowed in the building unless the student is in full uniform to include a uniform jacket if a jacket is worn.

Can I get CPR/First Responder Certification at SSPI?
Yes, this class is part of the Basic Reserve 372.5 hour curriculum.

If I’m already CPR/First Responder certified, do I need to attend the course?   

If you are attending the Basic Reserve program, you are required to attend all classes regardless of previous certification.