555 CMR 6.07 - Use of Force Reporting

(1) Law enforcement agencies shall develop and implement a policy and procedure for reporting the use of force. Such policy shall mandate reporting such incidents including, but not limited to, officer-involved injuries or deaths as described in 555 CMR 6.00, and include the use of a standard use of force reporting form as approved by the Committee and the Commission which shall be completed by any officer who uses force.
(2) Law enforcement agencies shall report to the National Use of Force Data Collection Database when actions by a law enforcement officer resulted in the death or serious bodily injury of an individual, or when a law enforcement officer, in the absence of death or serious bodily injury, discharged a firearm at or in the direction of a person.
(3) Law enforcement agencies are not required to report the discharge of a firearm during training or qualification exercises, or for the purposes of animal destruction/euthanasia where necessary.
(4) An officer who observes another officer using physical force, including deadly force, beyond that which is necessary or objectively reasonable based on the totality of the circumstances shall report the incident to an appropriate supervisor as soon as reasonably possible but not later than the end of the officer's shift. The officer shall prepare a detailed written statement describing the incident consistent with uniform protocols. The officer's written statement shall be included in the supervisor's report.
(5) An officer who knowingly makes an untruthful statement concerning a material fact or knowingly omits a material fact from a use of force report may be subject to decertification.
(6) Law enforcement agencies shall develop and implement a policy and procedure for law enforcement personnel including, but not limited to, law enforcement officers, to report abuse by other law enforcement personnel including, but not limited to, law enforcement officers, without fear of retaliation or actual retaliation.
(7) Any harassment, intimidation, or retaliation against any officer who either intervened to prevent or stop an excessive force incident or made, intended to make, or is required to make a report regarding the witnessed excessive force incident shall be reported immediately to an appropriate supervisor and will not be tolerated. Any such actions may result in decertification.
(8) All use of force reports shall be retained and maintained by the law enforcement agency/department and are subject to discovery and access through the Massachusetts Public Records Law M.G.L. c. 66.

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555 CMR 6.07
Adopted by Mass Register Issue 1453, eff. 10/1/2021. Amended by Mass Register Issue 1474, eff. 10/1/2021. Amended by Mass Register Issue 1476, eff. 8/5/2022 (EMERGENCY). Amended by Mass Register Issue 1483, eff. 8/5/2022 (COMPLIANCE).

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