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By Sgt. 1st Class James C. Lally, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. - One hundred fifty nine Massachusetts National Guardsmen graduated the Municipal Police Training Committee's Training Committee's 3rd National Guard/Police Training Academy, Nov. 6, 2016.
Prior to 2014, current and former military policemen and security forces officers had to sponsor themselves to go to a police academy that did not recognize their military police training.
"Military police and security forces officers from the Massachusetts National Guard are trained to the highest standards of professionalism in military police academies," said Maj. Gen. Gary Keefe, Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard. Moreover, our military police and security forces are routinely called upon to augment civilian law enforcement agencies for major events and in times of crisis during emergencies."
“You will be part of the dialogue of how policing should be done in a modern democratic society,” said Dan Zivkovich, Executive Director of the Municipal Police Training Committee.
“Military and police – two words that express the noblest of all professions,” said Jennifer Tinkler Queally, Undersecretary for Law Enforcement, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. All of you are both and with your graduation today, you are now Massachusetts Police Reserve Officers as well. I may be biased, but I believe that Massachusetts police officers are the best trained local law enforcement officers in the country and our military is the best in the world. Wow – what a resume each of you now has!”
This Police Partnership program has been in effect for approximately three years. The first police training course began in May 2014 taking place on drill weekends. The officers graduated in October 2014. The second police training course began in March 2015 on a full-time basis. The officers graduated in May 2015.
The course was initially conceived in 2010, when the military police school house came out with a directive stating more periodic law enforcement certifications were needed according to Lt. Col. Richard Cipro, provost marshal, Massachusetts National Guard and Worcester Police sergeant.
Guardsmen are eligible for several tuition and fee assistance educational benefit programs upon enlistment to the National Guard. Tuition assistance can be used toward many approved apprenticeship programs. Some Guardsmen have been able to use educational benefits to supplement their tuition at municipal police academies.
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Carlos Ramos Rivera
State Command Sergeant Major