BOSTON (WWLP) – A new state audit has revealed that many police officers hired from another state were not properly trained.
State Auditor Suzanne Bump’s office discovered that the Municipal Police Training Committee did not ensure all new out-of-state hires were educated on Massachusetts laws before starting the job.
Police officers from another state must complete an online training course within 90 days to begin working in Massachusetts. The training program gives the officer an overview of state laws, suicide prevention, hate crimes, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
The training is critical to ensure that communities are safe, and that officers know about the state and its laws before starting the job.
According to Bump’s office, failure to complete the training program within 90 days prohibits an officer from enforcing Massachusetts law.
The Municipal Police Training Committee said they are aware of the problem, and blamed it on staff turnover. The audit suggests educating more employees about the mandatory training program to make sure this doesn’t happen again.