Constable Application Process

Beginning January 2016, all applicants must have at least three (3) years of documented experience as a licensed constable or submit a certificate verifying the applicant has received training to perform the duties of a constable. There is no specific approved constable training course.

  1. Annually on December 1st, The Boston Police Department contacts the City Clerk's Office for a mailing list of all current City of Boston Constables.

  2. On January 2nd, a renewal form will be available at the Boston Police Department to all current City of Boston Constables. All renewal forms must be returned in person to Boston Police Headquarters, Licensing Unit, Room 104. The application deadline is February 15th.

  3. An individual wishing to become a City of Boston Constable for the first time may pick-up an application at Boston Police Headquarters, Licensing Unit, Room 104. All new applications will be accepted for filing between January 2nd and February 15th ONLY.

  4. The Boston Police Department's Licensing Unit will process all applications and review each applicant's background such as: criminal records check, residency and any court actions involving 209A Domestic Relation Protective Orders and then appropriate recommendations will be finalized.

  5. A list of City of Boston Constables is sent by the Police Department recommending approval or disapproval and then it is forwarded to the Office of Intergovernmental Relations at City Hall.

  6. An order and transmittal letter sent by the Mayor of those recommended are presented to the City Clerk's Office to be presented to the City Council and assigned on the following Wednesday, at which time the issue is referred the Committee of Government Operations.

  7. The results of the hearing are presented to the City Council and a vote is taken to either accept or reject the recommendation of the Committee.

  8. The acceptance of the Committee Report by the entire City Council is then sent to the City Clerk's Office. A letter is sent by the City Clerk's Office to each applicant that has been accepted, requiring them to obtain Insurance and to file a Bond with the City of Boston Treasury Office.

  9. The Treasury Office approves the Bonds and they are forwarded to the City Clerk's Office for presentation to the City Council.

  10.  Once the Bonds are approved by the City Council, they are sent to the Mayor's Office for his signature.

  11.  The City Clerk's Office will then notify the candidates by letter of the required fee ($450.00 for 3 year-term) and the appropriate time to report to be sworn-in as a City of Boston Constable.



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