Public Hearing Notice

Public Hearing Notice Municipal Police Training Committee and Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission Public Hearing (August 27, 2021)

August 27, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Overview of Municipal Police Training Committee and Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission Public Hearing (August 27, 2021)

Notice of Public Hearing

Under the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30A, the Municipal Police Training Committee (“MPTC”) and the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (“POSTC”) will conduct a public hearing for the purposes of gathering comments, ideas, and information concerning a new regulation governing the use of force by law enforcement officers.

Note: This public hearing will be held virtually using the Microsoft Teams platform.  You may join via computer or telephone as described below, but please note that if you are joining by computer you may need to allow extra time to download Microsoft Teams. Those who intend to join the meeting are strongly encouraged to register in advance by email to john.melander@mass.gov. Attendees should otherwise dress and conduct themselves as if attending the hearing in person.

  • Scheduled Hearing Date: August 27, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • To join via computer on Microsoft Teams click the Meeting link

To join via telephone (audio only):

Please dial 1-857-327-9245 and use the following conference ID: 91012433#.

The proposed regulations may be obtained by visiting the MPTC website at: 

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/municipal-police-training-committee

A written copy of the proposed regulations may be obtained by request in writing to Deputy General Counsel John H. Melander, Jr., Executive Office of Public Safety and Security One Ashburton Place, Room 2133, Boston, MA 02108.

Written comments in advance of the hearing are welcome and may be submitted by e-mail to john.melander@mass.gov or by mail to Deputy General Counsel John H. Melander, Jr., Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, One Ashburton Place, Room 2133, Boston, MA 02108. Please note that comments received after 1 p.m. August 27, 2021, may not be accepted. All persons desiring to be heard on this matter should appear at the designated time and place.

Provided below are written comments received for the purposes of this hearing:

Boston Medical Center Department of Public Safety

Massachusetts Environmental Police

State Police Association of Massachusetts

Law Offices of Howard Friedman, P.C.

Palmer Police Department - Public Comment

National Police Accountability Project - Public Comment On UoF

Norwood Police Department - Public Comment

Massachusetts State Police - Public Comment

MSA Written Testimony to 550 and 555 CMR 6 Use of Force Regulations for LE

MSA Red Lined Testimony - Re UoF Regulations for Law Enforcement

Massachusetts Coalition of Police Public Testimony

Agenda

Summary of Proposed Regulation

With the signing of “An Act relative to justice, equity and accountability in law enforcement in the Commonwealth,” by the Governor on December 31, 2020, commonly referred to as “police reform,” the Commonwealth took a major step forward in establishing uniform training standards and accountability for all law enforcement officers in the Commonwealth. The new law requires the MPTC and the POSTC to jointly promulgate regulations governing the use of force by Commonwealth law enforcement officers.

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