Massachusetts Volunteer Law Enforcement Officer Association

 

Service, Support, Training and Recognition for Massachusetts Officers


MA-VLEOA Shares Concerns About Accessibility of Training & Possible Impacts on Numerous Communities

The Massachusetts Volunteer Law Enforcement Officer Association would like to bring attention to a recent change in requirements that will cripple volunteer, auxiliary and part-time reserve police programs across the Commonwealth.

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Petition to Save Volunteer and Part-Time Police Officers in Massachusetts

Click here to: Sign Petition to Save Volunteer and Part-time Police Officers in Massachusetts

The Petition to Governor Charlie Baker:

Prior to the Police Reform Act, signed into law in December 2020, volunteer (Auxiliary) and part-time police officers (collectively Reserve Officers) were able to be trained to work under reserve police officer training standards as established by the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC).

The Police Reform Act directed the MPTC to determine the additional training that currently serving Reserve Officers would need prior to their recertification. 

The MPTC has determined a course of study for currently serving Reserve Officers that includes 96 hours of on-line training, 120 hours of hands-on training equally divided between Emergency Vehicular Operation Course, Defensive Tactics and Firearms Training, and 4 hours of testing. A total of 220 hours of additional training will be required to provide training equivalent to the training received by full-time officers.

The 220 hours of additional training is welcomed by Massachusetts Reserve Police Officers. The additional training is NOT the issue!

The problem, and reason for this petition, is that the MPTC has established a series of exclusionary hurdles that Reserve Police Officers would need to achieve that have nothing to do with the required 220 hours of additional training. The MPTC has made it impossible for most Reserve Officers to complete the additional training.

Exclusionary hurdles established by the MPTC:

1. Hands-on (in person) training is only available during normal business hours. Historically reserve police training has been conducted during nights and weekends when these committed members of the community are available to be trained.

2. A new hire medical physical examination has been made a training entry requirement for recertification of Reserve Officers already serving their communities.

3. Arbitrary experience hours have been established: 2,400 hours with powers of arrest over a 5 year period (23.5% full time equivalent)  to avoid the need to take a full-time academy following completion of the required additional training.

  • Many volunteer officers do not have arrest authority, and would therefore be excluded.
  • Many part-time officers do not work the number of shifts needed to meet this arbitrary requirement.

4. The MPTC retains the sole authority to arbitrarily require Reserve Officers, who have successfully completed the 220 hours of additional training, to also attend a full-time academy to continue serving their communities.

Community Impact of these actions:

  • There will be a shortage of police officers to answer calls for service in many small and rural communities in Massachusetts putting a strain on remaining full-time officers and the Massachusetts State Police.
  • Community and non-profit fund raising events will need to pay for police resources that have been provided by volunteer officers. Large scale events will have trouble finding adequate public safety staffing. 
  • Volunteer and part-time police officers have been the number one source of full-time officer hires. Agencies have an opportunity to work with these individuals prior to extending full-time offers. This candidate pipeline will no longer exist. 
  • The current ready reserve of trained officers in times of civil and natural disasters will no longer exist. 
  • Up to 3,000 Reserve Officers, dedicated members of the community, will be forced into early retirement in the most difficult time for police officer recruiting on record. These are good people, doing good things, for good reasons, and the MPTC is making it impossible for them to continue to proudly serve their communities.

Our request of Governor Baker:

We respectfully request that Massachusetts Reserve Police Officers, previously trained to reserve police officer standards, be allowed to successfully complete the additional 220 hours of required training and retain their certification as police officers under the Police Reform Act, by removing the exclusionary hurdles, and making the training and testing available during nights and weekends.

Click here to: Sign Petition to Save Volunteer and Part-time Police Officers in Massachusetts

Reserve Firearms Training Program


On the Range


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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.

 

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


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.

MA-VLEOA Interview on the future of volunteer and part-time policing in Massachusetts



Click here to watch the Interview

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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, 2019 and the scholarship recipients will be announced on April 18, 2019.


Winthrop Auxiliary Sergeant Louis Massa - Recipient of the Sean Collier Scholarship Award. 

The second Sean Collier Scholarship was awarded to Auxiliary Sergeant Louis Massa of the Winthrop Auxiliary Police Department. 

Louis graduated from the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) Reserve Academy in December 2017 and is looking forward to continuing his Law Enforcement career through volunteering with the Winthrop Auxiliary Police, as he has done for the past eight years.

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

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

Milford 

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


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.


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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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