On February 15, 2013, in New Braintree, fifty-six police officers joined the Massachusetts law enforcement community upon graduating from the Massachusetts State Police Academy as members of State Police Municipal Academy Class #4.
In recent years, the Massachusetts State Police and the Massachusetts Police Training Committee (MPTC) have trained three such prior classes. With the graduation of this fourth class, this represented the first time in more than twenty-five years that campus police officers, represented by the Special State Police Officers Class #24 (which graduated in January), were trained alongside municipal police officers. As such, the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (MACLEA) served as an integral part of this ongoing, successful and expanding collaboration among state, local and campus law enforcement agencies and trainers.
These fifty-six officers received over eight-hundred hours of police related training over twenty-one weeks in courses including Criminal Law, Motor Vehicle Law, Defensive Tactics, Domestic Violence, Crash Investigation and Ethics, just to name a few. They also received extensive scenario-based training, with each officer actively participating in a minimum of seventy-five, real-world situations in which other public safety professionals volunteered their time to act as role players.
Natick Chief of Police & President of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association James G. Hicks, MPTC Executive Director Dan R. Zivkovich and Massachusetts State Police Colonel & Superintendent Timothy P. Alben addressed the graduating class and challenged them to make a difference in their respective communities.
The Massachusetts State Police, the MPTC, MACLEA and the agencies represented by graduating police officers believe these graduates represent the finest of what law enforcement has to offer.