555 CMR 10.05 - Application for SRO Certification

(1) The Division shall develop, and shall make available on the Commission website, an application form by which an officer or an officer's chief of police may apply for SRO certification for the officer, which form shall, in part:
(a) Direct the applicant to ensure that the information and materials identified in 555 CMR 10.05(3) are submitted to the Division;
(b) Require the officer to agree that, when acting as an SRO, the officer will not: serve as a school disciplinarian, an enforcer of school regulations or in place of licensed school psychologists, psychiatrists or counselors; or use police powers to address traditional school discipline issues, including non-violent disruptive behavior;
(c) Require the applicant to make any assertions in the application under the pains and penalties of perjury;
(d) Request that the applicant identify the head of the applicant's collective bargaining unit, if any; and
(e) Require the applicant to provide an email address that may be used for correspondence related to the SRO certification process for each of the following:
1. The applicant;
2. The individual for whom SRO certification is sought;
3. The individual's chief of police; and
4. The head of the individual's collective bargaining unit, if the unit head is identified by name in the application.
(2) The Executive Director shall set a deadline for the submission of applications for SRO certification for individuals who are serving as SROs on the effective date of 555 CMR 10.00.
(a) An officer or chief of police may request that the Executive Director grant an extension of the initial deadline or any revised deadline, provided that the requester identifies, in writing, each individual to which the request applies.
(b) The Executive Director may extend the initial deadline or any revised deadline, provided that no extension exceeds 30 calendar days.
(3) The Division shall not consider an application for SRO certification for an individual unless the Division receives:
(a) An application that:
1. Is in the form prescribed by the Division and complete;
2. Is submitted on or before the deadline established under 555 CMR 10.05(2), if the application is requesting SRO certification for an individual who was serving as an SRO on the effective date of 555 CMR 10.00;
3. Is executed by the applicant under the pains and penalties of perjury;
4. Includes an endorsement by the individual's chief of police that addresses whether the individual would strive to foster an optimal learning environment and educational community that promotes a strong partnership between school and police personnel;
5. Addresses whether the individual has completed any SRO training that was required by the MPTC pursuant to M.G.L. c. 6, § 116H or otherwise, as well as the reasons why any such training was not completed; and
6. Addresses whether the individual has completed any other in-service training or retraining that was required by the MPTC or that was required by the Commission, as well as the reasons why any such training was not completed;
(b) The results of a background check regarding the individual that was consistent with the provisions concerning background checks for current or prospective school personnel in M.G.L. c. 71, § 38R and 603 CMR 51.00: Criminal History Checks for School Employees; and
(c) An employment and disciplinary record for the individual that, at a minimum, includes information on:
1. Each position in law enforcement in which the individual has served;
2. Each complaint concerning the individual's conduct while serving in law enforcement; and
3. Each form of discipline to which the individual was subject while serving in law enforcement.
(4) An individual may apply for SRO certification without having been designated to serve in a particular school or school system.

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555 CMR 10.05
Adopted by Mass Register Issue 1495, eff. 5/12/2023.

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