Reidy Flags ‘Warning Signs’ Around Police Hiring And Retention Across Massachusetts

Public Safety and Security Secretary Terrence Reidy warned lawmakers this week that big cities and small towns face a “major issue” with recruiting new candidates for law enforcement jobs and said he’s worried about the future of public safety in Massachusetts.

Speaking during a fiscal 2025 budget hearing last week, Reidy shared with lawmakers the concerns he’s heard from police chiefs throughout the commonwealth and noted the widespread impact on police forces and the Department of Correction.

For instance, the Springfield police aimed to come up with 50 new recruits to attend its ongoing police academy. But the department said it only ended up with half of that. Even with the new graduates, Springfield will still have 32 vacancies.

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