Chapter 6 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 116F the following section:-
Section 116G. (a) The municipal police training committee shall develop and establish within the recruit basic training curriculum a course for regional and municipal police training schools on or before January 1, 2017, for the training of law enforcement officers in the commonwealth in civilian interaction and procedural justice. The course of instruction and the guidelines shall emphasize: crisis, de-escalation, and disengagement tactics and techniques; and ways to build community trust and maintain community confidence.
As used in this section, “law enforcement officer” shall mean any officer of a municipal police department, the office of environmental law enforcement, the University of Massachusetts or the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police department.
(b) The municipal police training committee periodically shall include this course of instruction within its in-service training curriculum available to in-service trainees and any other public safety officers.
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