Police Oversight Body Says Majority Of Mass. Officers Up For Review Will Be Recertified

A legal dispute is still playing out in court and the relationship between officers and the state’s new policing oversight body remains tense, but the great majority of officers whose certification runs out at the end of the month are in position to be recertified.

The law that created the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission certified all officers who completed training by July 1, 2021 and set out the three-year cycle of recertification based on each officer’s last name. All law enforcement officers with last names starting with a letter A through H are supposed to be recertified by July 1, 2022, and the deadline for all agencies to submit information about those officers was June 15.

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