SECTION 1. The Massachusetts General Laws are hereby amended by inserting the
following new chapter:
A Chapter for Police Chief Reform, And Improvement.
All persons, in order to be qualified to be a Police Chief, shall have a distinct Certification Process, that is distinct, from the Police Officer Certification Process.
There shall be a distinct Police Chief Standards and Accreditation Committee. This Committee shall develop, and implement, such procedures.
SECTION 2. The Schedule for Police Chiefs, and those qualifying for such status, by a distinct Police Chief Standards and Accreditation Committee, shall be:
•Temporary License (Time Limited to One Year)
•Provisional License (Time Limited to Two Years)
•Initial License (Time Limited to Three Years)
•Professional License (Time Limited to Five Years)
SECTION 3. The Balances, that must be evaluated, in the context of, the complexity of Police Reform, include these needs:
•To recognize the raising of the level, and competence, of Police Officers.
•To distinctly raise the level of Police Chiefs, who have additional needs for breadth of skill, training, competence, and management abilities.
•To provide a reasonable period for qualifying competent officers, who may wish to seek appropriate promotion.
•To provide a reasonable period for qualifying additionally competent Police Chiefs.
•To recognize appropriate values, in updating competent Police Chiefs, and their honorable positions.
SECTION 4. In general, in recognizing the need for these long overdue reforms, actions may, and likely should, reduce to the absolute possible minimum, the unfortunate prevalence of various incompetencies; and remove such individuals as do not meet reasonable standards; whether they be Police Officers, or Police Chiefs. In so doing, this legislation seeks to further improve, the professional quality of Police Chiefs, and the appropriate respect that such professionals should have the opportunity of enjoyment, in the communities, for which they serve.
SECTION 5. While this may lead to the selected removal of some long-time Police Officers, or Police Chiefs, the cost of any reform, must include the capacity, to move on, to a new, fresh page of progress, without retaining significant flaws, that should not have been permitted. This set of circumstances, can certainly be appropriately adjusted for, by appropriate retirements, through existing provisions of Retirement Law.
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