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Governor Baker defends officer bonus plan

WNYT Staff
Updated: June 24, 2020 10:26 AM
Created: June 24, 2020 09:58 AM

After receiving some criticism, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is defending his plan to give up to $5,000 bonuses to officers who complete advanced training.

The training would involve areas such as de-escalation and bias-free policing.     

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Some have said officers should not have to be paid extra to undergo these crucial trainings and money should be diverted from police budgets into community-based services.     

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker defended his proposal by saying, "It's important if you want people to up their game."    

The proposal comes amid calls by protestors to defund the police over the deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks.


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