A POST system in Massachusetts would never work. The first is that there are too many law enforcement officers in this state. In Connecticut, where I used to work, there were 3.6 million citizens but about 6,000 sworn police officers. In Massachusetts, there are 6.6 million residents but more 19,000 sworn law enforcement officers. In Massachusetts, there are Sheriffs, Reserve Officers, Full-time Officers, SSPO's, etc. There are simply too many fish in the pond here for a POST system to ever be effective. Police Departments in Connecticut must also qualify for POST certification. This means that POST must approve their need for a police department. For example, there are only two private colleges who have police departments in Connecticut. Others have applied and have been turned down, because based upon the current function of their Department of Public Safety or security department, POST has believed that upgrading their status would be unnecessary since they don't do police work. (Yale PD has been grandfathered since its 125 years old) All police officers in Connecticut (campus, hospital, municipal, environmental) are "POST-certified", which allows them to move freely to departments throughout the state without having to go to other academies. POST also approves critical changes to police and updates to policy. For example, in the past, Windsor Locks has attempted to take jurisdiction from CSP and input town officers at Bradley. In order to do this, they would need approval from POST, who in turn, shot them down. Another example is the recent attempt of UCONN PD to take over law enforcement duties from the Town of Mansfield. (The Town of Mansfield is a constabulary, meaning they hire POST-certified "constables" to work under the Resident State Trooper, who is the chief law enforcement officer within the town.) I do not know the status of this but UCONN hasn't taken over jurisdiction of the town yet. POST has yet to allow it to happen. I write all of this to show you how powerful this agency is. I don't even think the MPTC has even close to that amount of power in Massachusetts. There is too much politics in Mass to give any agency that much power.