Mandate Training Year 2019 In-service Training Requirement

Date: 04/13/2018
Organization: Municipal Police Training Committee

At its April 13, 2018 meeting, the Committee made the following determinations with respect to mandatory statewide in-service training for all sworn officers (fulltime and reserve).  These blocks of training equal eighteen (18) hours of training.  If the local option segments are included, the total will be twenty-four (24) hours, which means every officer will need a minimum of twenty-two (22) or sixteen (16) additional hours, respectively, of police-related training to meet the mandatory 40-hour annual in-service training requirement.

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Mandatory Statewide In-service Training for all sworn officers (fulltime and reserve)

  • Legal updates, including the Criminal Justice Reform Act (6 hours)
  • Police Interactions with Persons with Mental Illness (Part II), which will meet the IACP’s “One Mind Campaign” pledge for training line officers (3 hours)
  • Multi-Agency Response to Active Shooters (3 hours)
  • Defensive Tactics Skills (3 hours)
  • Integrating Communication, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT) (3 hours)
  • Local option (up to 6 hours)*
  • Officers will still be required to complete the annual CPR, first aid, and firearms training and requalification requirements**

*The local option is a topic chosen by the local MPTC program coordinator based upon input from and discussions with the chiefs of police in her or his area.  Please contact your regional MPTC program coordinator if you have a suggestion for the local option in your area.

** Counts toward the 40-hour training requirement, as does any other police-related training, regardless of the provider and regardless of whether it is classroom on internet based.

Chiefs of Police In-Service Requirements

At its May meeting, the Committee established the following additional in-service training requirements for all chiefs of police: 

  • Restorative Justice (2 hours): This will help address the issue as it applies to the Criminal Justice Reform Act
  • A Community Solution to a Community Problem – One region’s response to the opioid epidemic (2 hours): As a reminder, all chiefs of police must comply with all of the other TY19 in-service training requirements listed above, as well.  

The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association will be including these two topics in its annual training conference being held in Norwood on September 18 through 20 and will also include several topics from the TY19 in-service training mandate.  For chiefs who cannot make it to the MCOPA conference, the MPTC will provide a single makeup session of the two chiefs in-service training topics in Boylston in the spring of 2019; no date has been set, yet.

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