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New hours for Suffolk Probate and Family Court Registry; Job openings: Two positions with the Massachusetts POST Commission

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New hours for Suffolk Probate and Family Court Registry

The Suffolk Probate and Family Court Registry has announced new hours effective Friday, Nov. 19:

Monday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday:
8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
 
The schedule will remain in effect until Dec. 31. Operation of the Virtual Registry will remain open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.   
 
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the Registry will remain accessible for emergency matters, including but not limited to M.G.L. c. 209A abuse prevention orders, until 4:30 p.m. Registry staff will also remain available to the judiciary and the public by telephone during reduced hours. 
 
The reduced hours will allow Registry staff much-needed time to fully process matters already filed.

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Job Openings

Two positions with the
Massachusetts POST Commission

The Massachusetts Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Commission, an independent agency with appointees from the governor and attorney general, is seeking a director of the Division of Police Certification and a director of the Division of Police Standards.

The POST Commission was established by Chapter 253 of the Acts of 2020 (“An Act Relative to Justice, Equity and Accountability in Law Enforcement in the Commonwealth”). The commission’s role is to create a mandatory certification process for police officers in Massachusetts, as well as processes for decertification, suspension of certification, or reprimand in the event of certain misconduct. The commission is also responsible for investigating and adjudicating claims of misconduct; maintaining databases of training, certification, employment, and internal affairs records for all officers; and certifying law enforcement agencies.

Director of the Division of Police Certification

Under the direction of the executive director, the director is responsible for developing and managing operations in the Division of Police Certification, including working closely with the Municipal Police Training Committee and other external stakeholders to provide leadership and guidance on matters of certification for law enforcement agencies and individuals. The director will routinely report to the commission and present on matters related to certification at commission public meetings. The division will maintain a publicly available and searchable database (to be developed) containing records for law enforcement officers. 

Requirements include a bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience in public administration, law enforcement, regulatory matters, compliance or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A law degree may be a positive factor but is not required.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Director of the Division of Police Standards

Under the direction of the executive director, the director manages the overall operations in the Division of Police Standards. This includes working closely with law enforcement agencies to supplement their internal affairs and disciplinary processes. Upon completion of inquiries and investigations, the director will present his/her findings to the commission and make disciplinary or certification recommendations (i.e., including but not limited to suspension, revocation, administrative suspension, reinstatement, etc.).

Requirements include a bachelor’s degree and an advanced degree in law (Juris Doctor or Master of Laws) and 10 years of experience in litigation, administrative law, regulatory matters or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Click here for more information and to apply.