The House of Representatives has given initial approval to the creation of a new
dedicated revenue stream to help fund municipal police training in Massachusetts.
Representative Will Crocker supports bills establishing new revenue stream for municipal police training and improvements to veterans benefits
BOSTON – The House of Representatives has given initial approval to the creation of a new dedicated revenue stream to help fund municipal police training in Massachusetts. House Bill 4516 authorizes a statewide $2 car rental surcharge, the proceeds of which will be deposited into a newly-created Municipal Police Training Fund. State Representative Crocker supported the bill, which passed the House on a vote of 149-4 on May 23.
Established under the criminal justice reform bill signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker on April 13, the Municipal Police Training Fund will be used to provide basic training for new police recruits, as well as mandatory in-service training and specialized training for veteran police officers.
“The training process, for both veteran and rookie officers, is an essential component of effective policing,” said Representative Crocker. “I was greatly impacted by the words of Yarmouth Police Chief Fredrickson on the night of the vigil for Sergeant Sean Gannon when he said the training budget had been cut. We just cannot allow training budget cuts which put the safety of our law enforcement at risk. This is a way to make sure money for training is always available and is continually replenished.”
Also, Representative Crocker voted for Senate Bill 2509 regarding veterans’ rights, benefits, and appreciation. The act, among other things, increases property tax exemptions and credits for veterans and their survivors. It allows veterans the day off on Veterans Day and further authorizes them to take time off to participate in activities on that holiday if they choose to work. Crocker said, “The House was unanimous in voting for these benefits for those who chose to put their lives on hold to serve their country. That vote is only right but also long overdue.”