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Press Statement Auditor Bump's Statement on Governor Baker’s Proposal to Implement a Statewide Police Officer Standards and Accreditation System

Bump commends Black and Latino Legislative Caucus and Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association for their leadership on improving police accountability
6/17/2020
  • Office of the State Auditor
  • Division of Local Mandates

Media Contact for Auditor Bump's Statement on Governor Baker’s Proposal to Implement a Statewide Police Officer Standards and Accreditation System

Noah Futterman

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BostonState Auditor Suzanne M. Bump released the following statement on the announcement by Governor Charlie Baker today to implement a statewide Police Officer Standards and Accreditation Committee (POSAC).

“The proposal put forward by Governor Baker today is a bold step forward for policing in the Commonwealth. The Police Officer Standards and Accreditation Committee will improve public safety, increase accountability, and build trust in local police departments. I commend the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association for their persistent advocacy for a comprehensive system of modern police training and standards of behavior. I will continue to work with them, civil rights advocates, members of law enforcement, the Legislature, and the Baker administration to ensure that POSAC is an integral and effective element of reform.”

Last November, Bump released a study that examined municipal police training in the Commonwealth. One of the report’s solutions to bolster public safety, enhance accountability, and build public trust in municipal police officers was the establishment of Police Officer Standards and Training system.

Media Contact for Auditor Bump's Statement on Governor Baker’s Proposal to Implement a Statewide Police Officer Standards and Accreditation System

Office of the State Auditor 

The Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA) conducts audits, investigations, and studies to promote accountability and transparency, improve performance, and make government work better.

Division of Local Mandates 

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