State Senate Passes Amendment to Fund Police Training

BOSTON – The Massachusetts State Senate with help from Senator Julian Cyr has announced the unanimous passing of a municipal police training amendment.

The amendment creates a dedicated funding stream for Municipal Police Training. Annual revenue for training will be provided by adding a $2 fee per rental car transaction in the Commonwealth.

This dedicated funding stream will allow the Municipal Police Training Committee to maintain critical services and expand training, including; first aid/CPR, first-line supervision training, more sexual assault investigator training, school resource officer training, instructor trainer courses: including firearms, defensive tactics; first aid/CPR; plus health and wellness courses, so that police can take these skills back to their departments.

This funding, when fully implemented, will allow the Municipal Police Training Fund to administer ample resources to effectively reduce or altogether eliminate the costs municipalities currently incur for recruit training.

It will also help restore the FY2018 funding cut for municipal police training which was reduced to $4.8 million this fiscal year, down from $6.5 million in FY2016.

Last month, the Senate passed the same amendment 37-0 in its FY18 supplemental budget. That amendment has yet to be resolved by a House/Senate supplemental budget conference committee.

BY: JOHN BONDAREK- Cape Cod.Com News Center

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