New England Policing News

Our Opinion: Wynn a strong Berkshire voice for state policing panel

Source: The Berkshire Eagle

Late last year, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a landmark reform bill that will hopefully bring more accountability and 
oversight to policing in Massachusetts. At the center of this legislation is the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission,
and one of its members is poised to bring not only considerable expertise but some Berkshire representation to the panel.


Northampton rally calls on city leaders to abolish police


Social activists from throughout western Massachusetts gathered in Northampton Sunday afternoon under the banner of the "Abolition Now" movement.

CT Police Chiefs Oppose Bill To Legalize Marijuana


An organization representing over 7,000 law enforcement officers in the state has announced its opposition to Senate Bill 888, the proposed legislation which would legalize recreational marijuana use for adults.

In a letter delivered to members of the state Assembly's Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association said their opposition centered around the absence of any qualified roadside testing of motorists suspected of driving while impaired by cannabis.

Connecticut Marijuana Hearing Shows Governor’s Legalization Bill Likely To Be Amended After Equity Pushback

Source: Marijuana Moment

Author: Ben Adlin

Connecticut lawmakers took a full day’s worth of public testimony on Friday about Gov. Ned Lamont’s (D) plan to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults. The legislation has drawn harsh criticism from social equity advocates since its unveiling earlier this month as part of the governor’s budget, and the bill’s supporters said at Friday’s hearing that they’re open to making changes to address those concerns.

“This is not a final bill,” Lamont’s chief of staff, Paul Mounds, told equity advocates during his testimony to the legislature’s Judiciary Committee. “We want to sit at the table. We want you at the table.”

Community policing credited for Danbury's 21 percent drop in crime in 2020

Source: Newstimes

Author: Rob Ryser

DANBURY - The city’s 21 percent drop in major crime in 2020 may need an asterisk to indicate the stifling effect COVID-19 had on public activity in general, but the mayor says the police department’s relationship with residents deserves all the credit.

Deal reached over reform of controversial police list

Source:    Manchester Union Leader
Author: Kevin Landrigan

CONCORD — A significant milestone for police reform arrived Thursday, with widespread support emerging for a bill 
to make public the names of all officers whose credibility could be questioned at trial.


Police say bill to eliminate intelligence unit would make Maine less safe

Author:  Matt Byrne

Law enforcement leaders from around the state raised the alarm Monday against legislation that would 
eliminate a controversial police intelligence agency that critics say has strayed from its original mission and 
compromises Mainers’ privacy.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Charlotte Warren, D-Hallowell, would eliminate the Maine Information and Analysis Center, 
a division of the Maine State Police, and return more than $1 million to the general fund.

Facial recognition technology is needed to help with backlog of abuse cases, panel told

Source: VTDigger
Author:  Alan J. Keays

Senate panel has backed a bill to allow law enforcement to use facial recognition technology to help solve a 
backlog of child exploitation cases. The bill, H.195, would create an exception to a state-issued moratorium on 
police use of facial recognition software. The ban took effect last year as part of a larger law enforcement 
reform initiative.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-0 Friday to recommend the exception so authorities can more easily search 
through data stored on seized electronic devices when investigating child sex abuse cases.

It is beyond time


Over the last seven years, communities and police departments have struggled over the difficult questions central to police reform efforts—when it is appropriate to use force, how should officers and agencies be held accountable, what should the community’s role be in police policy and oversight, and what roles must other agencies play in public safety.

+RISS Equals Results


A large-scale burglary investigation was conducted and involved dozens of homeowners who were victimized in several jurisdictions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  An initial burglary-in-progress call resulted in the identification of two suspects 
through surveillance videos and other records that indicated the defendants might be linked to several other reported incidents.

Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community

Source: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

This annual report of worldwide threats to the national security of the United States responds to Section 617 of the FY21 Intelligence Authorization Act (P.L. 116-260). This report reflects the
collective insights of the Intelligence Community (IC), which is committed every day to providing the nuanced, independent, and unvarnished intelligence that policymakers, warfighters, and
domestic law enforcement personnel need to protect American lives and America’s interests anywhere in the world.


U.S. Secret Service Hopes to Prevent Targeted School Violence by Analyzing Averted Plots

Source:    Homeland Security Digital Library
Author:     Lindsey Mastrangelo 

The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) has been expanding their research of targeted 
violence prevention in communities across the country. In their efforts to demonstrate a path toward preventing 
school violence in particular, they analyzed 67 disrupted plots against K-12 schools from 2006-2018.