New Board Elected: Position on POST Expands, MAPLE To Meet With MSP Inspector General
The Massachusetts Association For Professional Law Enforcement convened its spring 2019 general membership meeting at the Clery Conference room at Stonehill Hill College on June 12th 2019. This meeting featured the second election for the Board of Directors, in the organization’s two year history. Several members returned to serve another two-term on the nine member board, while four others did not. Re- elected to two year terms were Dennis Galvin – President, Bob Champagne- Vice President, Bob Murphy- Secretary and William Coulter- Director. Stepping down were Al Puller- Vice President, Peter Carnes- Treasurer, Arthur Bourque- Director and Bob Cox- Director. New members elected to the board are Bill Rose-Treasurer, Ed Denmark- Director, Kathleen Dennehy-Director and Anne Marie Rocheleau-Director. One Director’s position on the Board went unfilled. The former Board members were honored and presented with commemorative plaques for their participation.
The main discussion item at the meeting was whether the Massachusetts State Police should come under the jurisdiction of a Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) system in this Commonwealth. President Galvin stated that the issue needed to be addressed because it had become a sticking point, which had led to the death of the POST legislation last year. Additionally, Galvin told the membership that MAPLE had never conclusively resolved this issue itself. Bob Champagne moved “ that POST oversight be extended to all police agencies within the Commonwealth”, to include the state police. The motion was seconded and following a short but informed debate Champagne’s motion passed by a unanimous vote.
President Galvin informed the members that a MAPLE delegation will be meeting with Mass State Police Inspector General David Andrews next week to present its management analysis of the Department.