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Baker Signs Bill to Boost Funding for Police Training

Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson has been calling for change since his officer, Sgt. Sean Gannon, was killed in the line of duty

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    Baker Signs Bill to Raise Money for Police Training

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill, funded by a $2 fee on car rentals, to raise millions of dollars to increase police training, a measure police have called for after the shooting deaths of officers.

    (Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018)

    Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill that would impose a $2 fee on all car rentals in Massachusetts, helping raise $10 million for municipal police training programs.

    Baker said the new law will let the Municipal Police Training Committee conduct additional recruitment and training that will give local police the tools needed to ensure the safety of Massachusetts residents.

    The committee is responsible for training and setting training standards for local police, University of Massachusetts police, and state environmental police.

    Baker signed the bill Wednesday, a week after the House of Representatives voted 144-4 in its favor. He noted the recent shooting deaths of Weymouth police Sgt. Michael Chesna and Sean Gannon, a Yarmouth sergeant and K-9 officer.

    Legislature Passes New Funding for Police Training

    [NECN] Legislature Passes New Funding for Police Training

    The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted 144-4 in favor of boosting funding to train police in the wake of another officer's death in the line of duty.

    (Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018)

    Frank Frederickson, Yarmouth's police chief, has been calling for increased training since shortly after Gannon's murder.

    "We need to step our game and make sure that our officers get the training that they need," Frederickson said last week.

    The bill signing comes as House and Senate lawmakers are racing to pass bills before the end of their formal session Tuesday.

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