The Massachusetts Municipal Management Association held its first webinar of the year on the topics of police reform and systemic racism in police departments on March 25.

Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, large cities chair of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, discussed the police reform legislation that Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law on the last day of 2020. A key piece of this legislation was the creation of a Peace Officers Standards and Training certification program.

Chief Kyes provided an overview of POST and other key parts of the legislation for city and town managers.

The second part of the meeting focused on systemic racism in police departments. Retired Metropolitan Police (D.C.) Lt. Brett Parson discussed ways to address systemic racism within police departments and its impact on the wider community.

Parson covered the history and evolution of racism within police departments and some of the programs and techniques he has seen work in his own department and others that he has worked with on this issue.

More than 130 members attended the webinar.

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