House Enacts Municipal Police Training Bill

The Massachusetts House of Representatives and State Senate voted on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 to enact H.4516, An Act Relative to the Municipal Police Training Fund.

House Enacts Municipal Police Training Bill

Boston – The Massachusetts House of Representatives and State Senate voted on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 to enact H.4516, An Act Relative to the Municipal Police Training Fund. The bill passed in the House by a vote of 143-5. Representative Crocker (R-Centerville), who voted in favor of the bill, was elated at the bill’s passage, “This has been a very difficult process, but in the end we passed a bill that will help make sure that our police officers receive the most up-to-date training to help them be well-prepared to deal with all of the types of situations that arise in the course of their law enforcement duties. This is one critical step in the process of safeguarding and supporting our law enforcement officers.”

The bill, which institutes a $2 surcharge on every rental vehicle contract, would fund municipal police training programs. The revenue generated from this additional fee is expected to provide anywhere from $8 million to $10 million annually towards the training fund.

Representative Crocker stated, “Unfortunately, the need for this bill became abundantly clear because of so many recent tragedies in our law enforcement community including the murder of Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna earlier this week. The legislation was motivated in particular by the devastating death of Sergeant Sean Gannon of the Yarmouth Police Department. I believe that this piece of legislation is a fitting tribute to Sgt. Gannon’s life as a police officer and how his memory will be forever linked to better training for his fellow officers.”

The bill now moves to the Governor’s desk for a signature.