PUBLIC SAFETY

Our residents and police must have mutual trust to work together to keep communities safe. All Massachusetts residents, regardless of birthplace or document status, need to know they can rely on police to protect them. Police gain credibility and effectiveness in the community when they partner with people living peaceful and productive lives in the Commonwealth.

I will:

  • Support community policing initiatives led by officers from the communities they serve
  • Stand with minority police officers and their allies in the fight against systemic racism inside the force, and support increased resources for officer training on unconscious bias
  • Support the decriminalization of mental illness
  • Support the use of body cameras, recognizing there are privacy and training issues that need to be worked out at the local level. (The presence of cameras has been shown to reduce the use of force and complaints of misconduct.)