Welcome to the South Suburban Police Institute. SSPI was established in 1984 as a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing quality in-service training to Massachusetts police officers.

The academy opened its doors in the fall of 1984 in Medfield with one classroom and no office space. From that humble beginning we moved to Foxborough where we eventually took over the entire floor of an old elementary school. When the town decided they needed that space back we moved to Massasoit Community College in Canton, then to the former Norwood North Junior High School and finally to our present location at 35 Neponset Street in Foxborough.

A Board of Directors made up of one officer from each member town governs SSPI. We have an Executive Director, Chief Peter McGowan from the Dover Police Department, a Secretary, Chief Robert Meaney from the Medfield Police Department, and a Treasurer/Program Director, Sgt. Jeff Farrell from the Dover Police Department.

Our Board of Directors meets annually and, with the Foxborough Police Academy Director, establishes the curriculum for the ensuing year. The Foxborough Police Academy offers forty hours of in-service training to full time officers each year including SSPI member towns and others. These forty-hour weeks are devoted to patrol officers, detectives, prosecutors, or supervisors.

Additionally, SSPI operates under contract to the Municipal Police Training Committee and administers the Reserve Intermittent Officer Training Program at the Foxborough Academy. This year we will offer one Basic Reserve Officer Program consisting of three hundred and fifteen hours of training with three hundred and three hours of classroom instruction and twelve hours online in areas as diverse as criminal law, arrests and processing detainees, and defensive tactics. We also offer twenty-one hour Reserve Officer In-Service Training Programs which build on the knowledge gained from Basic Reserve. A schedule of classes and class content can be found elsewhere on this site.

At SSPI, we think we have an excellent cadre of instructors made up almost entirely of active duty and retired police officers with years of experience both in the field and as trainers. All of our instructors are certified by the Municipal Police Training Committee and are dedicated to giving students the full benefit of their experience, education, and knowledge.

Please take a few moments to look over our site. If you have any questions or comments contact us at 508-543-0632 or questions about Basic Reserve Training can be directed to Erin Farrell at Basic@sspi.net. Questions about Reserve In-Service Training should be directed to Sharyn Farrell at Reserve@sspi.net. The Program Director, Sgt. Jeff Farrell, can be contacted at Director@sspi.net. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you in class. Thanks for visiting SSPI.