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Appendix E—Statutory Training Requirements for Municipal Police

A listing of the statutes that set requirements for municipal police officers.

Table of Contents

Overview

Statutory Citation

Requirement

Recruit or In-Service

G.L. c. 6, § 116A

(Added 1987)

At least 8 hours of recruit training on handling of domestic violence complaints, enforcement of criminal laws, availability and service of civil remedies, and protection of the victim. May also be offered as an in-service course periodically.

Recruit (required)

In-service (optional offering)

G.L. c. 6, § 116B

(Added 1990)

Required instruction for recruit and in-service trainees on identifying, responding to, and reporting all incidents of hate crime.

Required for both recruit and in-service

G.L. c. 6, § 116C

(Added 1997)

At least 20 hours of recruit training on the use of technology in public safety, including computers, CORI, data, and mobile computing. May also be offered as an in-service course periodically.

Recruit (required)

In-service (optional offering)

G.L. c. 6, § 116D

(Added 2008)

MPTC directed to provide instruction on the care and custody of minors whose parents or guardians are arrested or placed in the custody of police officers. The instruction shall be provided as an in-service course option.

Required in-service training

G.L. c. 6, § 116E

(Added 2008)

Required instruction for recruit training on bicycle safety enforcement and traffic enforcement for bicyclist safety. May be provided as an in-service training course.

Recruit (required)

In-service (optional offering)

St. 2018 c. 69 §2

(G.L. c. 6, § 116G)

(Added 2018)

MPTC directed to provide instruction on “bias-free” policing, including examining attitudes and stereotypes that affect actions and decisions of law enforcement officers. In addition to this, there would be practices and techniques for law enforcement officers to promote procedural justice, de-escalation and disengagement tactics, and the handling of mental health emergencies.

In-service (required)

G.L. c. 19, § 25

(Added 2018)

Establishes a Center for Police Training in Crisis Intervention and directs it to establish training opportunities for police in community policing and behavioral health.

In-service (optional offering)

G.L. c. 40, § 36C

(Added 1984)

Directs all members of municipal police departments and all uniformed state police members to be trained in the detection of, intervention in, and prevention of suicide. The MPTC is directed to approve and coordinate the training, which is to be in all recruit academies and offered for in-service training.

Required for all municipal police

G.L. c. 41, § 97B

(Added 1974)

Rape reporting and prosecution units shall consist of police investigators who shall have completed a course of training in the counseling of victims of rape and the prosecution of alleged perpetrators of the crime of rape which shall be approved and funded by the MPTC. They must also be taught in the use of a sexual assault evidence collection kit.

Required for officers who make up a rape reporting and prosecution unit

G.L. c. 90, § 24M

(Added 1986)

MPTC is directed to provide training on alcohol education to all law enforcement personnel throughout the Commonwealth.

Required for all municipal police

G.L. c. 90C, § 2

(Added 1982)

Police officers who issue electronic citations must be trained pursuant to regulations promulgated under this section.

Required for officers who issue electronic citations

G.L. c. 111, § 201

(Added 1974)

All municipal police department members are required to be trained to administer first aid, including CPR. They may be trained in cardiac defibrillation as well. This training must occur within one year of employment and at least every 3 years thereafter. This does not apply to officers whose jobs are primarily clerical or administrative.

Required for all municipal police

Date published: November 18, 2017
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