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Apply for electronic control weapons permission

To receive approval to use electronic control weapons (often referred to as tasers), law enforcement agencies must submit an application to the Secretary of Public Safety and Security.
Applications take approximately 3-4 weeks to review, unless additional follow-up questions are necessary.

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

The Details of Apply for electronic control weapons permission

What you need for Apply for electronic control weapons permission

  1. The training curriculum your agency plans to use to train its officers. Any training plan must follow 501 CMR 8.05. Your agency may use one of the following options:

    • The Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) Basic Course Certification Lesson Plan. If you plan to use this curriculum, you must state in writing which internal agency policies will use the MPTC model plan to train officers

    • The Taser® manufacturer lesson plan. If you plan to use this curriculum, you must state in writing which internal agency policies will use the Taser manufacturer lesson plan to train officers

    • If you would like to use a different curriculum, your agency must submit its proposed curriculum to the EOPSS

  2. The training received by the curriculum instructors. You must include a statement about the training of all present and future instructors in your agency policy.

  3. The department's use of force policy. The submission must include all of the following:

    • A review of the department's less than lethal force policy

    • A summary on the use of an electronic control weapon as less than lethal force

    • A comparison of electronic control weapons to other department weapons and the use of force options within the department's use of force policy.

All law enforcement agencies must follow all reporting requirements of G.L. c. 140, § 131J and St.2004, c. 170.

How to apply Apply for electronic control weapons permission

Mail your application to:

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

c/o Shannon Hickey, Assistant General Counsel

1 Ashburton Place, Room 2133

Boston, MA 02108

Next steps for Apply for electronic control weapons permission

Decision

The Secretary's decision will be sent in writing to your law enforcement agency. If approved, the Secretary will send your agency a data collection form that that you must complete twice a year and return to the EOPSS Office of Grants & Research. You will receive instructions in your approval package.

Once approved, your agency may begin to train its officers in the proper use of such weapons.

Contact for Apply for electronic control weapons permission

Address
6 Adams St., Randolph, MA 02368
Phone

Open M-F 8 am - 4:30 pm

Fax
(781) 963-0235
Address
Office of Grants and Research
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3720, Boston, MA 02370
Fax
(617) 725-0260

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