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Hovsepian: For effective policing accreditation is key

By July 23, 2020January 9th, 2021MassCOP and Police Reform
The important national conversation around policing reform has created an extended moment to reflect on, and an opportunity to improve, police training and standards in Massachusetts.

But a Senate bill approved on Beacon Hill at 4 a.m. July 14 was grossly deficient and harmful in several ways. It was also created through a process almost completely lacking in transparency or inclusion of important stakeholders.

The hope now is that a House version of comprehensive police reform being considered this week may do better in proposing positive change, enhanced policing standards and the preservation of officers’ due process rights.

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