Upcoming State Police Listening Session at GHQ
As part of Governor Charlie Baker’s regulatory reform review, the Department of State Police will be hosting a Listening Session on the Department’s existing regulations. The event is scheduled for December 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., and will be held in Room 119 at the Department’s General Headquarters, 470 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01702. Members of the public are invited. A current, valid, license, passport or similar picture ID is needed to enter the General Headquarters.
Although the Department is not, at this time, proposing any changes to its regulations, counsel from the Department of State Police’s Legal Section will be at the Listening Session to hear and record feedback and comments on all of the Department’s existing regulations. Written comments or suggestions may also be mailed to the attention of the Office of the Chief Legal Counsel at the General Headquarters.
The existing Department regulations are:
515 CMR 1.00 Collection, Submission, Receipt, Identification, Storage, and Disposal of DNA Samples
515 CMR 2.00 Testing and Analysis, Quality Assurance, Computerized Storage, Retrieval, and Dissemination for the State DNA Database
515 CMR 3.00 Firearms Course and Instructor Certifications and Firearms Surrender Programs
515 CMR 4.00 Indemnification of Certain Legal Fees
515 CMR 5.00 Standard of Skill for Special State Police Officers
515 CMR 6.00 Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Training and Qualification Standards and Instructor Qualification
The November edition of French and Electric Blue features the State Police involvement in the Medal of Honor Convention at the Seaport. Colonel McKeon’s address at the State House Awards is shared. The MSP Rowing Team is chronicled again as they complete the Head of the Charles Regatta. As the 82nd Recruit Training Troops begins their training at the SPA, the Academy Perspective this month is filled with day one snapshots. This edition also features photos from the Fall State House Awards and articles about two classes hosted by the MSP.
Celebrating 150 Years of State Policing 1865 - 2015
On Saturday May 16, 2015, the Massachusetts State Police proudly celebrates its 150th anniversary as the oldest state police agency in the United States.
In the 1800's the common title for police officers was constable. The Massachusetts State Police traces its origins directly through legislature to the Massachusetts State Constabulary, the first statewide police agency in the nation. The creation of the State Constabulary was signed into law on May 16, 1865 by Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrews. The establishment of a State Police Force in 1865 was unprecedented in this country, but the Massachusetts legislation creating the statewide force would eventually be adopted in various forms throughout our great nation. In fact, 49 States currently have a state policing agency, with Hawaii being the only exception as the Sherriff's Division of the Hawaii Department of Public Safety provides the statewide police services.
There are different forms of State Police Agencies across the country today. Eighteen states use a Highway Patrol, with a primary function of, in accordance with their name, patrolling the highways. Seven states use a State Patrol, with a primary role of traffic enforcement, but in most states, duties are broadened to assisting with prison riots and other large scale support within the state. Twenty-two states use the term State Police, which most often encompasses a full service police agency with a broad range of specializations. Some of the State Police Agencies do more, or in some cases less, than what is provided here as a general overview.
To read more about the history of the Massachusetts State Police, click the link in the slideshow above, or the link above.