BOSTON – Representative Paul Frost (R-Auburn) was joined by the family of the late Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. and Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis to attend the signing of H.4516, An Act relative to the municipal police training fund, into law on July 25, 2018. Governor Charles Baker welcomed guests into his office with a few words recognizing the police departments and families across the Commonwealth that have lost loved ones in the line of duty. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito then presented the Tarentino family and Chief Sluckis with a ceremonial pen to commemorate the bill becoming law, as well as to the Police Chiefs from Yarmouth and Weymouth, where recently two police officers (Officer Sean Gannon and Sergeant Michael Chesna) were killed in the line of duty in separate incidents. The Governor also remarked that more needs to be done in support of law enforcement.
The bill supports direct funding for the Municipal Police Training Fund, which was created as part of the criminal justice reform law passed earlier this year. Money from the fund will be used to provide enhanced training for new recruits and veteran police officers alike, including additional regimens for school resource officers, detectives and sexual assault investigations.
Representative Frost said, “This bill will provide consistent funding our local police departments can count on for training and professional development. It is the least we can do for our Men and Women in Blue. Auburn, Yarmouth, and Weymouth know far too well the extreme risks our police face each and every day in protecting us. This program and its dedicated funding source will truly enhance the great work our local police do in serving and protecting the public. Certainly, more needs to be done in supporting our police in their duties, and for their families, but this is an important step in the right direction and I look forward to working with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, fellow legislators, and our police chiefs and officers in making more progress.”
“I was honored to attend the bill signing at the invitation at the Governor. I appreciate the Governor’s comments that more needs to be done to support our local law enforcement officers. I am happy both sides were able to make this Municipal Police Training bill work,” said Chief Sluckis. “Hopefully, we can achieve the same result on the peer-to-peer support bill currently in the Legislature, given the fact 73 officers have committed suicide this year.”