Massachusetts Volunteer Law Enforcement Officer Association

 

Service, Support, Training and Recognition for Massachusetts Officers


Spring 2018 Reserve Firearms Training Program


20Hr Class

The MA-VLEOA and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Firearms and Armorers Association (MLEFIAA) www.mlefiaa.org  will run a 20Hr class and an Advanced class this spring.

The following classes have been scheduled and are open for registration:

MPTC 20Hr Reserve Firearms Training - April 20, 21 and 28 2018 -  Click here for more information and to register: MPTC 20 Hour Reserve Firearms Training Course

Advanced Reserve Firearms Training - May 19, 2018 Click here for more information and to register:Advanced Reserve Firearms Training Course

MPTC Master Instructors  Joe Picariello, Bill Peterson and Todd Bailey from MLEFIAA will be providing some outstanding training for those that register.



Advanced Class - shooting from the ground


Patrol Rifle Class


Officers from Boylston Academy, Framingham, Hatfield, Hubbardston, Lawrence, Oakham, Somerville, Warren and Winchenton  at the Spring 2015 MPTC 20Hr Reserve Firearms training class.

Training Testimonials

This course was a great balance of training. The instructors were informative and knowledgeable. They knew the material and broke it down in simple terms and made the complex basic. They helped me take the basic material and see it from a new perspective. I’d suggest this training to anyone, because I was able to pick up on my mistakes and focus on the tips and direction the instructors gave, so in the future when I train on my own I will have more confidence in practicing correctly.

The drills were great they broke up the day and indirectly made us utilize all lessons learned throughout the training. All instructors have earned the title “Master Firearms Instructor” so if you are looking to train, learn, tweak, or just get better acquainted with your firearm? I highly recommend this class, it’s worth every penny and centralized in the state to accommodate all.

Officer Meghan Toromino

New Bedford Police

 

I want to thank you for organizing the MA-VLEOA 20 hour range qualification course. I took this class last year, however missed the last day. I retook the entire course again this year. The vast knowledge of all of the range instructors is amazing. I learned so many little "pearls" of information. I highly recommend this class to ALL law enforcement personnel. I am proud to be a member of MA-VLEOA and look forward to an advanced shooting class and hopefully one on long rifles/shotguns.

 

Lt. Bryant Tarr

Framingham Auxiliary Police


Here are some comments submitted by officers how have attended this training.

“Excellent class and range time. Demonstrations and making sure that students know what to be before live fire was superb”

“On range, teaching was perfect. Teaching how to sight, trigger work and grip pressure instruction was excellent.”

“All instructors were very helpful. Loved having class around 10 (students) as it allowed for instructors having more interaction with students. It also allowed enough room on the line. Second day of classes was great.”

“Learned a lot. Instructors were fantastic.”

“Joe P. sticks in my mind as a consummate firearms professional educator. It was all about training the students and not self-gratification or a cram fest of paramilitary discipline.”

“I found the class to be very informative and well balanced. My accuracy and shot placement improved noticeably in the course of the week just by doing the dry fire drills. While I probably had the greatest room for improvement based on my comparative inexperience; the other members of the class that have been involved in law enforcement for a much longer time than I also have a very positive opinion of the class, showing how well balanced the class is.”

More information and additional testimonials can be found by clicking here: Training Program

MA-VLEOA Mission Statement

It shall be the purpose of the Massachusetts Volunteer Law Enforcement Officer Association to promote the ideals, goals, general welfare, and professionalism of the volunteer law enforcement officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

To this end, the association shall:

…support the professional development of the volunteer law enforcement officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by conducting and or facilitating training programs, recognition programs, and other services that the association may be better suited to provide.

…foster and promote mutual cooperation between the volunteer law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth while also supporting and facilitating positive relationships between the volunteer law enforcement officers, the career officers, and the general public which, together the career and volunteer officer serve.

…provide a unified voice for volunteer law enforcement members of the various town, city and county volunteer law enforcement officer units and associations, before the Great and General Court of the Commonwealth, the Executive Offices of the Commonwealth and to all appropriate State agencies.

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Bullet Proof Vests and the Police; Which Vest is Right For You?

Law Enforcement can be split into a variety of different roles, all of which have their own responsibilities and duties. While Officers serving in each of these roles will work in different environments, they will also have unique threats and will need specific equipment. Protective clothing is a necessity for Officers, but the different roles mean that no one vest will be suitable for every Officer. Therefore, it is important that Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) understand the different options available to them and how each can benefit them.

Bullet proof vests are naturally a vital piece of equipment for most, if not all LEOs, as attacks involving firearms continue to occur at an alarming rate. For example, Government statistics report that in the last 10 years there were nearly 60,000 assaults on Officers every year. Many of these attacks involved weapons, including firearms and weapons like knives. Any attack warrants protection, but the involvement of deadly weapons certainly necessitates the wearing of body armor. However, many do not realise that a bullet proof vest differs from a stab proof vest, and body armor can incorporate a wide variety of products.

Bullet Proof Vests

A bullet resistant vest is the minimum protection all Officers should be equipped with. Attacks are prevalent as we have seen, and firearms- particularly handguns- remain both easily accessible and highly dangerous. Bullet proof vests are available at different levels of protection, depending on the threats they are designed to protect against. These are outlined by the National Institute of Justice, widely recognized as the world leader in ballistic testing, which assigns levels to the different grades of protection (NIJ Levels). For example, a bullet resistant vest at NIJ Level IIIa is capable of protecting against the vast majority of rounds used in handguns.

Handgun protection is especially important for almost all Officers, as these weapons are the most common weapons used in crime in the US. These are also carried by Police Officers, and while it may seem like paranoia, being protected against your own ammunition is vital. According to the FBI, 33 Officers were murdered in the last decade with their own weapon. Protecting yourself against your own firearm is therefore necessary, and is easier to do than ever before.

Tactical Armor

However, bullet proof vests can protect against a wide range of ammunition, and at higher levels it can even stop the rounds used in rifles and automatics. This level of protection will be unnecessary for most Officers, yet there are those working in the Police who will need it, and for those individuals it is invaluable. For example, SWAT teams are readily called into extremely dangerous and hostile environments, and their protection must reflect this. Tactical armor is ideally suited for SWAT teams, particularly when outfitted with Level IV plates.

These plates are made from Ceramics and/or Polyethylene, and provide a rigid surface that can stop even armor-piercing rounds. These will add to the weight and bulk of a vest, though this increase is negligible compared to the overall protection it offers. Tactical armor also has the benefit of being upgradeable with additional protection for the neck, throat, groin, and upper arm for example. It can also be equipped with pouches, logos, and insignia, making it the most complete armor available. This is why the extra weight of the rigid plates is unimportant, as tactical armor is by its very nature bigger and thicker than standard bullet proof vests. However, it can still be worn comfortably for extended periods, and for those who need this level of protection, it is invaluable.

Different Styles of Armor

Tactical armor is thicker and bulkier than ‘standard’ body armor, due in part to the materials utilised in each.  This raises the important question of how an Officer should wear their protection, with different styles available to suit the different roles in the Police. For example, just as tactical armor with Level IV ballistic protection would be completely unsuitable for those working in a small community, a covert vest designed to be worn underneath a uniform would be unsuitable for many of those working in the Police. Many Officers will benefit from a bullet proof vest worn over a uniform in an ‘overt’ style; these help display their protection to the public, re-emphasizing their authority and preparedness. Similarly, these overt vests can be equipped with additional pockets, and even logos or insignia, making it a useful part of a uniform.

On the other hand, some branches of the Police will not want overt vests. For Detectives or Officers working undercover, protection will still be needed but an overt vest will compromise their position; detectives may find people closed off and uncooperative at the sight of body armor, and it will certainly be a hindrance to undercover Officers. Covert armor has the benefit of being just as protective as overt options, but in a lighter and more flexible carrier. Some carriers, like the Stealth from SafeGuard, employ unique materials to help regulate temperature and wick moisture away from the skin. This can be of particular benefit to LEOs, many of whom can attest to the increase in temperature caused by a bullet proof vest.

Stab and Spike Protection

It is not only ballistic protection that needs to be considered however, as edged and spiked weapons can be just as deadly. Officers that find themselves dealing with large crowds or who are working in areas where firearms are simply not available (such as Sheriffs working in a Jail) a bullet proof vest will only be a hindrance. Firearms may not be a threat, but attacks involving weapons can still happen, and edged or spiked weapons can be just as deadly as firearms.

Protection against these weapons requires additional protection, as a bullet proof vest cannot stop these weapons, which will either cut through or bypass the protective fibers. Protection against knives, axes or other edged weapons will therefore require layers of chainmail and/or plastic laminate, whereas spike protection can only be achieved with layers of plastic laminate, which provides a tough surface to protect the fibers beneath.

The soft fabric used in bullet proof vests is used in stab and spike proof vests because of its incredible strength-to-weight ratio. This means that it can not only stop bullets, but will absorb the impact of any blunt force and seriously mitigate the effects of any type of attack. This is why the materials are also used in stab and spike proof vests. This means that body armor can be an effective protective option in any situation, and has saved the lives of LEOs who have been involved in traffic collisions or even natural disasters.


 

VIPS Disaster Response Training

On June 29th the MA-VLEOA sponsored a day of training at Clark University where officers learned about large scale disasters with experiences  from the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires in Colorado and were trained in Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, from New Mexico Tech www.nmt.edu. We also had a visit from the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad and learned about the equipment they use.

Funding for this training was provided through a Grant from MEMA www.mass.gov/mema.


            

Massachusetts Law Enforcement Support License Plates

Victoria LeBlanc, President of Massachusetts Law Enforcement Support, is the driving force behind the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Support License Plates. She saw that there were license plates to support law officers in other states but that they were not available in Massachusetts so she set out to make that happen. She contacted the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and received permission to use their logo on the plates and then contacted the MA DOT to get the process rolling.

50% of the proceeds from the license plates will benefit the NLEOMF and the other 50% will go to local Massachusetts police officers and their families.

You can choose your own number for your plate - between 100 and 3000 (numbers only - no letters). All plates under 100 are reserved for families of fallen officers. We will be doing something special with any low number plates remaining so stay tuned - we'll make an announcement. 

 Before the plates can go into production we need 3,000 pre-paid applications. If you'd like to support your local Massachusetts police officers and their families please download the application by clicking here, fill it out and mail it to Victoria LeBlanc, PO Box 890296, Weymouth, MA 02189. Please include a check in the amount of $40 made payable to the MA DOT.

FAQ's and Information on ordering can be found by clicking here or by visiting the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Support website by clicking here.

                                         

If you have not checked out the VIPS website for a vast array of resources or to register your program you can do so at www.policevolunteers.org

You can also learn about the VIPS program by clicking here to read an article published in Sheriff Magazine:

VIPS Program Celebrates a Decade of Service

Events and News

MA-VLEOA Calendar

Upcoming events

17 Dec 2017 9:00 AM • Somerville Police - 220 Washington Street - Somerville, MA
20 Apr 2018 6:00 PM • Classroom Westminster PD / WCSO Range, Boylston, MA
19 May 2018 9:00 AM • WCSO Range, Boylston, MA

MA-VLEOA Mission Statement

It shall be the purpose of the Massachusetts Volunteer Law Enforcement Officer Association to promote the ideals, goals, general welfare, and professionalism of the volunteer law enforcement officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

To this end, the association shall:

…support the professional development of the volunteer law enforcement officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by conducting and or facilitating training programs, recognition programs, and other services that the association may be better suited to provide.

…foster and promote mutual cooperation between the volunteer law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth while also supporting and facilitating positive relationships between the volunteer law enforcement officers, the career officers, and the general public which, together the career and volunteer officer serve.

…provide a unified voice for volunteer law enforcement members of the various town, city and county volunteer law enforcement officer units and associations, before the Great and General Court of the Commonwealth, the Executive Offices of the Commonwealth and to all appropriate State agencies.


The Sean Collier Scholarship

If you are currently enrolled in the MPTC Reserve Academy, or are planning on attending this spring you to may be eligible to receive a scholarship. The MA-VLEOA  is currently accepting applications for the awarding of a $500 Officer Sean Collier scholarships to the MPTC Reserve Academy. Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2018 and the scholarship recipients will be announced on April 18, 2018.


Left to Right: Bob Sorel - Director Westfield Auxiliary Police, Joel Chase - Scholarship Committee Chairperson, Levi Ward - Scholarship Recipient, Marc Spigel - President, MA-VLEOA. 

The first Sean Collier Scholarship was awarded to Auxiliary Officer Levi Ward of the Westfield Police Department. The scholarship was awarded to Levi at the Westfield Police Commission meeting on April 13, 2015. Levi graduated from the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) Reserve Academy in the spring of 2015 and is looking forward to starting his Law Enforcement career by volunteering with the Westfield Auxiliary Police. No applications were received for the 2016 award.

The Officer Sean Collier scholarship was established in 2013 to honor the memory of Officer Sean Collier who was killed in the line of duty on 18 April 2013 while working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Police Department.  Officer Collier started his law enforcement career as an auxiliary officer in Somerville, Massachusetts.  Through the efforts of the MA-VLEOA, this scholarship will ensure that Officer Collier’s name remains in the forefront of auxiliary and reserve officers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by providing scholarships to the MPTC Reserve Academy.

RIP OFFICER SEAN COLLIER

Officer Sean Collier started his Law Enforcement Career as a Somerville Auxiliary Police Officer. He volunteered countless hours to his community as he got his first experiences. We are proud, you are a Hero. (photo courtesy of the SAPD)

Applicants must be either planning to attend an academy or currently attending an academy at the time of application. Applicants must be members in good standing of the MA-VLEOA, through either an individual membership, or as part of their Department’s membership at the time of application through payment of the scholarship. Awards will be made by a committee based on a review of your application and essay. Any Scholarships awarded will be paid to the applicant after one year of post academy volunteer service with their agency. This is a competitive process, with limited awards.

Applications can be downloaded by clicking here: Officer Sean Collier Scholarship Application

A committee has been established to oversee the funding and administration of the Scholarship.  If you would like to join this committee you can send an email to the Committee Chairperson – Natick. Aux Officer Joel Chase jbc500@comcast.net  

Donations to the Sean Collier Scholarship fund can be made by clicking here: Donations

Law Enforcement Memorial Service for Officer Collier - video  Click here to watch Officer Sean Collier Memorial Service

MEMA Announces Grant Awards to VIPS Programs

MEMA announced the next round of Grant Awards that were made in September 2015. MEMA received 66 applications with a total funding request of over $277,000. Through a competitive application process awarding available funds, MEMA was able to provide a total of $148,000 to 42 CERT and 3 VIPS units.

Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS) awards were as follows:

Department

Description of Items to be acquired with Grant

Amount

Framingham

Hi-Vis jackets

$3,699

Ashland

Portable radios and accessories

$5,000

Holyoke

Portable radios

$2,500

Total

 

$11,199

                                                       

MA-VLEOA applied for but, unfortunately, was not granted any additional funding for state-wide VIPS training with this Grant. We hope to bring some training to you in the future, but it will not have the funding support as we have had in the past.

The MA-VLEOA continues to advocate VIPS programs to the Statewide Citizen Corps Council.                                       


MA-VLEOA Member Departments

The MA-VLEOA is a membership based association that supports Massachusetts Law Enforcement Volunteers.

Click on any of our member departments to learn more about the volunteer opportunities that are available:

Ashland

Bellingham

Belmont

Billerica

Cambridge

Fitchburg

Framingham

Granville

Holliston

Leominster

Middlesex Sheriffs

Milton

Natick

Pepperell

Randolph

Rockland

Somerville

Westfield

Winchester

 

If you are affiliated with a Law Enforcement Agency and are not a member

If you are not with a Law Enforcement Agency and would like to make a tax deductible contribution to support Massachusetts Law Enforcement Volunteers you can do so on-line by clicking here


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Revere sponsors Defensive Tactics Training

On June 2nd 17 Officers from Everett, Revere, Framingham, Natick, Winthrop, Somerville, Chelsea P.D. Boston School Police , and NYPD Aux took part in Defensive Tactics Training in Revere. The class was taught by Chelsea Officer Jose Ramos.

Revere Auxiliary Officer Georges Coles took the lead in coordinating the class. MA-VLEOA helped with getting the word out. It is an excellent and repeatable example that demonstrates the power of working as one team.

If you have a training need contact the MA-VLEOA. We can help you locate instructors and communicate the training opportunity to our members.

Use of force classroom training                                photo credit Peter Slamin


Auxiliary Officers assist Natick in Honoring Fallen Firefighter Joseph Slattery

Auxiliary Officers from Ashland, Belmont, Framingham, Holliston, Natick, Revere, Somerville, along with the Massachusetts State Police - assisted the Natick Police department in honoring fallen Natick Firefighter Joseph Slattery, with traffic control for the funeral. (photo credit Aux. Lt. Peter Slamin - Natick)


Framingham and Natick join forces for IPMBA Training

The Framingham and Natick Auxiliary Police units have embarked on a 32 Hour International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) Police Cyclist course. www.ipmba.org Framingham Police Sergeant Bob Sibilio, an IPMBA instructor, is teaching the class.

Officers training during police cyclist course                    Photo Credit: Pat Irr

The training course consists of 8 hours of classroom, and 24 hours of "on seat" training.


Please send news and updates about your unit to the MA-VLEOA for inclusion on this page.


Inter-Agency News and Information Sharing


Make Administration Simple

Are you tired of tracking hours and training on spreadsheets?

Are you tired of making phone calls to fill shifts events?

Are you tired of all your manual administrative paperwork?

If so please check out VIMS - The Volunteer Integrated Management System.

The following Massachusetts Auxiliary agencies are currently using VIMS to simplify their administrative duties. Haverhill, Framingham and West Springfield.

VIMS will make a donation to the MA-VLEOA for 30% of your first year subscription.

Click on the logo below to find out how you can save on administrative time and effort.


Line of Duty Training

Please visit our sponsor's website to review first rate on-line training options for your department. A portion of each purchase will be donated to the MA-VLEOA


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