I think I did a bad job phrasing / asking things. It is more of a statement and maybe a question. I read the law and know what i think. That said, a major union - AFSCME, claims they read it too and at this point thinks because section 59 ( SSPOs in DMH) and section 60 (DPH SSPOs) are not mentioned those SSPOs are exempt from the law and therefore do not need to attend a bridge academy ( so they will eventually be de certified).That is their opinion so far, but they will be re examining things. So at this point, if you wish to bridge, you may want to leave while you can or avoid those places when applyingIf those inquiring minds actually read the bill they would know that just because specific chapters and sections are not expressly mentioned does not exempt anyone performing the duties of a Law Enforcement Officer from being held to the standards of POST and the MPTC.
This includes DMH/DPH.
Also what nonsense is this about "done as SSPOs"? The authority granted to them will still come from the MSP as a SSPO Licensure, however, they will now also be considered fulltime certified by the MPTC and POST (meaning they can work for municipalities).
If their SSPO Licensure was granted via a waiver (think reserve + 60 college credits) they will be required to attend bridge academy to be up to standard.
Am I missing some aspect of this or will those guys with police powers just be de certified and that's that? My rationale is if the union isn't pushing, i doubt DMH or DPH will willingly send guys (and girls) to the bridge academy. Or are they somehow allowed to keep having police powers through some weird interpretation of the wonderful reform law?