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Statewide Fair & Impartial Policing Website Launched
With the goal of promoting communication and better understanding between law enforcement and local communities, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has developed the Fair and Impartial Policing (FAIP) website . FAIP is a web-based initiative designed to give Massachusetts law enforcement professionals and members of the community new insight into the issues related to what is commonly referred to as "racial profiling."
"These program materials are valuable in educating law enforcement and members of the community about each others' perspective and provide effective tools necessary for positive interactions. We anticipate that these positive interactions will promote increased trust and effectiveness in community policing," stated Secretary Cabral.
The FAIP training modules, developed with a federal grant, are accessible, free of charge, here. Topics covered in the modules include cultural influences, unconscious biases and innate biological factors that influence how individuals react during a range of community and police interactions. In each module, experts from both the police and community perspectives analyze and discuss the scenarios presented. Law enforcement and the community at large are encouraged to utilize these educational resources provided on the website.
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS HIRES GENERAL DYNAMICS TO CREATE NEXT GENERATION 9-1-1 SYSTEM
The State 911 Department, an agency within the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, has contracted with General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, to create the Commonwealth’s Next Generation 9-1-1 System. The new system will be developed to fit a Commonwealth, increasingly comprised of mobile texting, video and web-based information platforms.
“The telecommunications market place has undergone continuous evolution but our technological core that supports 9-1-1 has largely remained unchanged since its introduction in 1968,” said Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral. “Our new challenge is based in the reality that we must adapt to a changing world of information gathering and sharing. This circumstance demands a new system be put in place that comports to the methods used to communicate now and into the future.”
In order to catch up and keep pace with the way people communicate today the Commonwealth’s new system will:
- Introduce technology communications that will allow the Commonwealth’s Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) that serve as the first point of reception of 9-1-1 calls to receive emergency calls from any voice, text, telemetry or image based device.
- Enhance interoperability for our first responders and provide the foundation for future public safety communications.
The Massachusetts Corrections Master Plan
This plan is a blue print for the Patrick-Murray Administration’s strategy to address prison overcrowding and the escalating costs of housing and caring for inmates, building on the Governor’s comprehensive sentencing and supervision reform proposals. The plan includes recommendations for investing up to $550 million to upgrade existing facilities and add new beds over ten years.
Among the strategic investments proposed in the Master Plan are:
- Regional women centers and specialized regional sub-acute care facilities, which will eliminate redundancies in multiple existing facilities struggling to meet the specialized needs of small groupings of inmates;
- Community-based pre-release facilities to better prepare inmates for re-entry into their communities, providing a better chance for individual success and a lower rate of recidivism;
- New general custody beds in regional and/or multi-jurisdictional facilities to provide more flexibility and enable the construction of fewer buildings to address the needs of multiple jurisdictions more cost-effectively.