Each of the MPTC police academies offers mandatory in-service training to full-time municipal, University of Massachusetts and environmental police officers. This training is also open to any other police officer who is sponsored by the officer's department and on a space-available basis.
Annual Professional Development training is offered to reserve/intermittent police officers and is co-sponsored by the regional police training organizations and the MPTC.
September 2016 through June 2017
All officers must obtain 40-hours of training in TY17. The mandatory requirements for the coming year include:
- Legal update: six (6) hours
- Youth interactions: three (3) hours
- Elderly issues: three (3) hours
- Active shooter tabletop: three (3) hours
- Dynamics of addiction: three (3) hours
- Defensive tactics: three (3) hours
- Local option: three (3) hours
All of these classes will require use of the MPTC lesson plan and MPTC-certified instructors who have attended the instructor trainer courses for that topic.
Officers are also required to complete the annual firearms training and re-qualification requirements and to meet the statutorily mandated CPR and first aid training requirements, which do count towards the 40-hour training requirement, as does any other police-related training, regardless of the provider.
The MPTC Committee voted to establish the following mandatory in-service training standards for chiefs for TY17. These standards are in addition to the in-service training standards listed above for all officers:
- Officer wellness from a chief’s perspective
- Executive leadership
No hours have been established pending the development of topical outlines. As they did last year, the Mass Chiefs of Police Association will include these topics in a conference slated to be held at the Sheraton Four Points hotel in Norwood on September 28 and 29. The training will also include some of the statewide in-service topics outlined above. A make-up session of these two classes will be hosted by the MPTC regionally for those chiefs who cannot attend the MCOPA conference.