Holyoke City Councilor calling on state to fund education for police officers


CIARA: A HOLYOKE CITY COUNCILOR WANTS THE STATE TO ONCE AGAIN SUPPORT CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR POLICE OFFICERS 22NEWS REPORTER HAYLEY CROMBLEHOLME JOINS US FROM HOLYOKE WHICH HAS BEEN SPENDING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS SINCE THE STATE STOPPED FUNDUING THE QUINN BILL. HAYLEY: THE QUINN BILL WAS ENACTED IN 1970, AND PROVIDED SALARY INCREASES FOR CERTAIN LEVELS OF EDUCATION ACHIEVED BY POLICE OFFICERS. BUT THE BILL HASN’T BEEN FUNDED SINCE 2010. IN THE SEVENTIES, IN PARTICIPATING CITIES, POLICE OFFICERS WHO EARNED ADVANCED CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEGREES, RECEIVED SALARY INCREASES RANGING FROM 10 TO 25%. THE STATE WOULD SPLIT THE COST OF THESE SALARY INCREASES WITH THE CITY OR TOWN. BUT, IN 2010 WHEN THE STATE STOPPED FUNDING THE QUINN BILL, AND CITIES HAD TO DECIDE IF THEY WANTED TO PAY FOR THE FULL COST THEMSELVES. HOLYOKE CITY COUNCILOR DAVID BARTLEY IS CALLING ON THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO RETURN TO FUNDING THE QUINN BILL. “THEY JUST DUMP IT ON THE LAPS OF THE MUNICIPALITIES, BUT SO MANY MUNICIPALITIES ARE PAYING FOR THIS, GLADLY, BECAUSE WE EDUCATED POLICE. THEY PASSED THE LAW, WE IN GOOD FAITH ADOPTED THE LAW, WE EXPECT THE LEGISLATURE IN GOOD FAITH TO FUND THE LAW. SIMPLE AS THAT” HAYLEY: A 2017 STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REPORT RECOMMENDED THE STATE CONSIDER CREATING MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR OFFICERS, AND SET UP A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POLICE ACADAMIES AND COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. : COUNCILOR BARTLEY WANTS HOLYOKE TO SUPPORT HIS RESOLUTION TO CONVINCE THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO INCLUDE QUINN BILL FUNDING IN THE BUDGET. IN HOLYOKE HAYLEY CROMBLEHOLME 22NEWS

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