From the office of State Senator Julian Cyr...
(Boston, Mass.) – State Senator Julian Cyr announced today that the Massachusetts State Senate once again passed a municipal police training amendment filed by Cyr in its Senate budget. The amendment passed unanimously and will fund critical needs that have been underfunded in the past few years.
“I am grateful to my colleagues who once again passed this important amendment. We did our part to recognize the sacrifice and service of police across the Commonwealth by making sure they have the best available tools to keep our communities safe and prosperous,” said State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) “It’s important that our Police Departments and the men and women who serve in blue know that we have heard their concerns and worked collectively to find dedicated funding for their training.”
Last month, the Senate passed the same amendment 37-0 in its FY18 supplemental budget. That amendment has yet to be resolved by a House/Senate supplemental budget conference committee.
“On behalf of Chiefs of Police from across the Commonwealth, we want to thank the entire Senate, and in particular Senator Julian Cyr, for again passing the Municipal Police Training Amendment in today’s debate on the Senate FY2019 budget,” said Chief Mark Leahy (Ret.), Executive Director of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. “The Senate’s commitment to this critical issue has brought us increasingly closer to crossing the threshold of finally accomplishing what has been an arduous task with a long and complicated history. A $2.00 surcharge on rental vehicle contracts should finally allow us to establish a dedicated revenue stream to appropriately and professionally train all of our police officers to be safe and secure while ensuring the optimum level of 21st century policing services to our respective constituencies.”
And Leahy added, “We also want to thank the House of Representatives for their significant demonstration of support by, just this week, advancing this critical public safety initiative. We look forward to continuing to work with both the House and the Senate to get this legislation to the Governor’s desk in the near future for his astute review and consideration on this valuable piece of public safety legislation.”
Municipal Police Training Amendment
The Amendment creates a dedicated funding stream for Municipal Police Training. Annual revenue for training will be provided by adding a $2 fee per rental car transaction in the Commonwealth. This dedicated funding stream will allow the Municipal Police Training Committee to maintain critical services and expand training, including:
This funding, when fully implemented, will allow the Municipal Police Training Fund to administer ample resources to effectively reduce or altogether eliminate the costs municipalities currently incur for recruit training. It will also help restore the FY2018 funding cut for municipal police training which was reduced to $4.8 million this fiscal year, down from $6.5 million in FY2016.