A trio of law enforcement groups filed suit Wednesday against an agency charged with monitoring their training and standards.
“Today, the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (MassCOP), the Boston Police Superior Officers Federation (BPSOF) and the Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society (BPDBS) announced that three plaintiffs – acting in the interests of law enforcement professionals of the law as well as all citizens of Massachusetts – have filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court against the Massachusetts Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (“POST Commission”),” the officials said. groups in a press release.
According to the complainants, the POST Commission carried out its activities behind closed doors in violation of the law on public meetings.
“This complaint alleges and details repeated breaches of the Commonwealth Open Meetings Act by the POST Commission, including a disturbing practice of carrying out much of the Commission’s critical work in secret,” the group said.
The commission responded to the complaint on Wednesday, saying it had complied with all required meeting rules.
“The POST Commission is satisfied that it has complied with the Open Meetings Act at all times and is reviewing the complaint filed today,” a POST spokesperson told the Herald.
The POST commission is responsible for creating mandatory certification standards for Commonwealth police officers.
The law that created the commission, signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker on New Year’s Eve 2020, also set a deadline for law enforcement to recertify all police officers.
The deadline to recertify officers with surnames “A” through “H” is June 30. The commission on April 4 released a series of questions that would be used to certify officers. According to the lawsuit, the mechanism by which the commission asked these questions is not legal.
“The attached complaint and motion demonstrate how the POST Commission created sub-committees that unlawfully carried out their work in the greatest secrecy – without any public notice and without any public involvement or observation,” the authorities said. groups.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Officer Scott Hovsepian, president of MassCOP, Sgt. Jeanne Carroll, President of the BPSOF, Det. Donald Caisey, President of the BPDBS.
“The Post Commission breached the public trust, ignored and violated the Open Meetings Act, and betrayed the very principles upon which the Massachusetts Police Reform Act of 2020 was based,” the three officers said in a joint press release.