A Petition for the City of Boston and the Boston Police Dept. to update Rule 400

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We, the Boston Special Police Officers Association, Inc. (BSPOA), its members, and the citizens of the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, respectfully request that the City of Boston and the Boston Police Department revise Boston Police Rule 400 requirements for licensing of all appointed special police officers, appointed IAW Ch.282 of the City of Boston Acts of 1898. This would also include improved training opportunities, background checks, and access to information technology systems that will allow for improved quality of work performed by Special Police Officers; such as CJISWeb, report writing systems, and other IT based technologies to assist the officers in the field. We also respectfully request that the City of Boston recognize the MPTC Reserve Intermittent Police Academy as another authorized training academy required for SPO licensing. 

We request that the City of Boston explore options to improve the private/public partnership between the Boston Police Department and the companies that employ Special Police Officers, to include joint training.

Given the current climate and threat against all law enforcement officers nationwide, City of Boston Special Police Officers are currently carrying outdated firearms with ammunition that is hard to find and expensive. Special Police Officers are in need to have standard equipment, and Uniform guidelines which need to coincide with our Boston Police counterparts. We respectfully request that the City of Boston authorize Rule 400 Special Police Officers carry either full size .40 Caliber pistols or full size 9 millimeter pistols of the department's choosing along with the type of ammunition as prescribed by the manufacturer of said weapon for Law Enforcement duty to replace the outdated .38 Caliber 4" barrel revolvers (As current authorized firearms and ammunition are hard to come by and often very expensive). 

We respectfully request that the City of Boston explore adding the word "Police" back to the title on the city issued badge and ID, and have a "Rocker patch" that states "Special Police Officer", that will immediately give the common person exact understanding of the SPO's capacity as a law enforcement officer. This will reduce confusion to the common person and will result in a more positive Private/Public partnership that the Boston Police Dept. has with the communities served by both SPOs and BPD. This will also result in less challenges to the SPO's authority in court cases.

We further request that the City of Boston recognize the BSPOA as the representing body for all Rule 400 Appointed Special Police Officers.



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