Chapter 41 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 96B the following section:-
Section 96C. The municipal police training committee, hereinafter the committee, shall develop an in-person, fair and impartial policing course, based off of the similar, existing course material on fair and impartial policing developed by the committee. The committee shall establish the Massachusetts Policy and Procedures for Implicit Bias Training, which shall set forth training requirements and establish minimum standards that law enforcement agencies throughout the commonwealth shall implement in their practices and training of law enforcement officers.
Every police officer employed on a full-time basis in the police department of any city or town, the Massachusetts State Police department, the Massachusetts Environmental Police department, or the University of Massachusetts police department shall attend a 3 hour, in-person professional development and training course on fair and impartial policing developed by the committee, at least once in every 3 year period of employment. Upon completion, participating officers shall receive certificates of completion that they shall submit to the committee.
The course shall be incorporated into the committee’s basic recruit officer training curriculum. Every recruit officer in a police academy in the commonwealth shall, prior to completing their police academy training, complete a 3 hour, in-person professional development and training course on fair and impartial policing developed by the committee.
The committee shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary to carry out this section, and shall begin offering and requiring fair and impartial policing courses as required by this section in their 2018 training year.
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