Maple Members Working On Many Fronts
The Massachusetts Association For Professional Law Enforcement has opened an ambitious agenda for 2019. Work on several fronts is well underway. “Black and Blue” a televised program featuring members Al Puller, Ed Denmark and Mark Archer was recently filmed. These members shared their professional experiences as police officers, from the perspective of being African American. Their comments were candid, at times humorous and very insightful. The program will be posted on You-Tube and on our website. Links to the program will be made available to all members following final release.
MAPLE has submitted a “white paper” to State Representative Dave Vieira making the case for a Police Officer Standards and Training System in Massachusetts. The paper justifies it from a risk management perspective. Representative Vieira asked for this assistance. An ad hoc committee featuring Chief Ed Denmark (Harvard PD) and Marcel Beausoleil (Fitchburg State College), collaborated with the President in drafting the paper. The Board of Directors recently approved the document with some minor changes. It was submitted to Representative Vieira this morning. H2146 was filed about six weeks ago and if passed would establish a study committee to examine the feasibility of POST system for Massachusetts. MAPLE is strongly behind this effort. The bill is being rolled-out at this time.
The President has been given tentative approval by the Collins Institute at UMass Boston to make a presentation to the group studying Mass State Police Management for the state legislature. This group is conducting a review of State Police staffing practices. The date for this presentation will be announced as soon as it is established.
Work continues on the “Stop n Frisk/Use of Force” symposium featuring members Al Puller and Mike Conti. The Standards Committee will be taking stewardship of the program and will coordinate its final release.
A reconstituted standards committee featuring Marcel Beausoleil (chair), Ed Denmark, Ralph Mroz and Anne Marie Rocheleau convened last
Thursday. The committee sketched out its long term agenda. The group has been charged by the Board of Directions with presenting recommendations for pre-hire educational requirements for police officers. The group will be meeting monthly at the Harvard MA police department. Members are invited to attend meetings and participate in discussions. However, only committee members may vote. New members to the committee are always welcome.
Please remember that Wednesday June 12th is the date for our spring General Meeting. The meeting will be held at the Clery conference room at Stonehill College Easton MA. Elections for all constitutional officers and directors will be held. If you want to help move the police reform effort forward, this is a golden opportunity. Terms are for two years. For further information contact Peter Carnes, the Election committee chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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