Resolved, That a special commission is hereby established for the purpose of conducting an investigation and study of the feasibility of establishing a statewide law enforcement training program to coordinate municipal law enforcement training and creating more efficient law enforcement facilities, staffing instruction and preparedness. The commission shall also study and make recommendations relative to the training provided to law enforcement officers in handling incidents involving persons with mental illness. The commission shall conduct at least 1 public hearing.
The commission shall consist of the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on public safety and homeland security, who shall serve as co-chairs of the commission; 1 member to be appointed by the senate president; 1 member to be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives; 1 member to be appointed by the senate minority leader; 1 member to be appointed by the house minority leader; the colonel of state police or his designee; the secretary of public safety or his designee; the commissioner of correction; and 1 representative from each of the following organizations: the State Police Association of Massachusetts; the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association; the Massachusetts Coalition of Police, the municipal police training committee; the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association; the Massachusetts Harbormasters Association and the Massachusetts Campus Police Chiefs Association.
The commission shall report to the general court the results of its investigation and study and its recommendations, if any, together with drafts of legislation necessary to carry its recommendations into effect by filing the same with the clerks of the senate and house of representatives not later than 120 days after the first meeting of the commission.
Approved July 16, 2008.