|Submitted||Oct. 29, 2015|
|Due||Nov. 8, 2015|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
Any and all internal documents relating to Bryan Johnson's training and service record. Internal procedural information delineating the manner in which reserve/intermittent and municipal part-time officers are trained in relation to the manner in which full time police academy recruits are trained. Aggregate information about the percentage of working municipal officers who received the 310 (335 if armed) hours of training required of municipal and reserve officers in lieu of the 800+ hours required in standard full-time police academy training). Procedural information regarding the exemption of partially trained municipal officers from being required to undergo the additional 465 hours of training before being sworn in as an official police officer as well as aggregate information regarding what percentage of these exemptions are approved of the total filed.
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 MuckRock.com, 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.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 29, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
Mr. Knight, the public records request you have submitted below was actually addressed in a previous response sent to you on November 6, 2015, by Assistant General Counsel Shannon Hickey. I have attached a copy of that letter as a reminder.
Municipal Police Training Committee
It was not addressed in full.
Could you provide data as to the percentage of total officers who are trained for part-time positions? The organization's website describes positions that require between 310-330 hours of training:
"This 315/335*- hour (*An additional 20 hours of MPTC-certified firearms training is required if the officer will be armed with a firearm) Basic Training program is for part-time police officers and is administered by regional police training organizations under contract with the MPTC at various locations throughout the Commonwealth. Also included is mandated annual professional development training and specialized programs. Please go to our Reserve/Intermittent Police Academy web page to access training calendars of the organizations offering Reserve Recruit Officer Courses."
This is to what I was referring most specifically in my request for an explanation in the different standards of officer training, and I am still waiting on a response from Assistant General Counsel Shannon Hickey regarding the aforementioned 315 hours of training and what what that entails, how many working officers in the state have had between 315 and 335 hours of training, and what percentage of officers fall into this category. Any internal documents of your organization that pertain to the guidelines of training for part time officers and aggregate data regarding part time officers are included in this request.