Kinda saw that one coming. Mass. State Police will close training academy amid coronavirus concerns NEW BRAINTREE, Mass. — 5 Investigates has learned that the Massachusetts State Police are working to close their academy for new recruits amid concerns about COVID-19. There are currently 241 trainees living at the academy in New Braintree, which is now in its 14th week. The academy was originally scheduled to run until late June, but state police officials told NewsCenter 5 that they are finalizing plans to close the academy and cover the remaining subjects through online learning. Other police academies in Massachusetts have already suspended operations. There is no firm date for when the state police will shut down the New Braintree academy, but they are taking precautions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including physical distancing. A spokesperson said no academy staff or trainees have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.