Nineteen Massachusetts police officers have been relieved of their duties due to new certification standards intended to increase public confidence in law enforcement.
According to a WBZ report, the 19 officers are on leave because they are no longer certified to serve in Massachusetts due to the results of background checks.
Established in 2020, the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST Commission) is a criminal justice reform effort aimed at improving public safety and increasing trust between law enforcement and law enforcement. communities they serve. The creation of the POST Commission comes as the nation grapples with concerns about police brutality and racial injustice.
Over the summer, the Board of Supervisors processed the first batch of Massachusetts officers for recertification. The 19 officers who were released were part of a group of 8,729 cops whose surnames begin with the letter A through H. The commission has another two years to process the rest of the officers.
In April, police organizations and labor unions filed a lawsuit against the commission, calling it “highly intrusive, inappropriate, unfair and irrational”. No decision has been made on the trial.
POST executive director Enrique Zuniga told WBZ that the commission is reviewing concerns about the amount of information to be made available to the public.
“What we are very aware of is whether we would disclose unsubstantiated or unsubstantiated complaints,” Zuniga told the outlet.
Jamarhl Crawford, a police reform advocate, told WBZ he believes in “full and total access to records” because multiple complaints can shed light on patterns, even if the complaints are dropped by the following.
“The good guy’s ‘white suit’ has stains on it, and I think to kind of restore public trust, the only way to do that is with full accountability and transparency,” he told the point of sale. “That’s what people wanted.”
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