Mass. police officers denied recertification due to questions of character, discipline

BOSTON — More than two dozen Massachusetts law enforcement officers did not receive renewed certification under the state’s new police reform law for reasons that include possible ongoing disciplinary matters., while more than 200 others were not recertified for other causes, the executive director of a police oversight panel said Tuesday.

Through Nov. 16, the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST) had processed the recertification of 8,846 officers in Massachusetts whose last names begin with the letters A through H, according to data presented by Enrique Zuniga, POST Commission executive director.

A total of 243 officers were not recertified, 26 of whom did not earn recertification for what Zuniga described as a “pending matter including a disciplinary matter.” That category includes instances in which a police chief did not file an attestation of an officer’s good moral character, Zuniga said.

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