STCC Police - Police Authority
In 1992 the statutory ability to grant authority to campus police was legislated under the Department of State Police. Having since standardized the training, the Massachusetts State Police have been charged with basic recruit training for campus police officers. Early on, several sites around Massachusetts were used by the State Police to train recruit level campus police officers. Now, the Special State Police Officer (SSPO) classes are exclusively held at the State Police Academy in New Braintree.
This recruit training is a modified version of the same training that Massachusetts State Troopers receive. It is modified only in duration of the training and excludes or shortens some topics not crucial to campus police in general. Any exclusions that are required by the Springfield Technical Community College Police, are provided after the student officer graduates from the academy. Academy training lasts for 16 weeks, during which time student officers are educated on criminal law and procedure, endure physical training, and establish and hone skills required to be a police officer. The military-style training that campus police receive in the academy reinforce team building philosophies, discipline.
CHAPTER 22C. THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE POLICE
Chapter 22C: Section 63 Employees of colleges, universities, other educational institutions and hospitals; appointment as special officers.
Section 63. The colonel may, upon such reasonable terms and conditions as may be prescribed by him, at the request of an officer of a college, university, other educational institution or hospital licensed pursuant to section fifty-one of chapter one hundred and eleven, appoint employees of such college, university, other educational institution or hospital as special state police officers. Such special state police officers shall serve for three years, subject to removal by the colonel, and they shall have the same power to make arrests as regular police officers for any criminal offense committed in or upon lands or structures owned, used or occupied by such college, university, or other institution or hospital.
Each application for appointment as a special state police officer or a renewal thereof shall be accompanied by a fee, the amount of which shall be determined annually by the commissioner of administration under the provision of section three B of chapter seven.
The colonel may promulgate such rules and regulations as may be necessary to ensure proper standards of skill. Said rules and regulations shall conform to the provisions of chapter thirty A.