Massachusetts State Police Department Use of Force policy and training materials

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Massachusetts State Police of Massachusetts.


From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

All policies and training materials maintained by the department regarding use of force.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Shawn Musgrave

From: Shawn Musgrave


Please confirm whether the attached policies outline the current MPS Use of Force Policy and policy on investigating instances of lethal force. If these policies are current, I will consider this request fulfilled. If not, please provide the current policies.

Shawn Musgrave
Reporter, MuckRock

  • 207353712-Massachusetts-State-Police-General-Order-Lethal-Force-Response.pdf

  • 207353617-Massachusetts-State-Police-General-Order-on-the-Use-of-Force.pdf

From: Section, MSP Legal (POL)

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

The attached policies you provided are the current MSP Use of Force Policies.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Massachusetts State Police Legal Section
General Headquarters
470 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702

From: Shawn Musgrave

Thank you for your confirmation. I consider this request to be completed.

Shawn Musgrave