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, then to 35 Neponset Avenue in Foxborough and now we are in our new home at the Capen School in Dedham.

A Board of Directors made up of one officer from each member town governs SSPI. We have an Executive Director, Chief William McGrath from the Wrentham Police Department, a Secretary, a Treasurer, Chief Michael D’Entremont from the Dedham Police Department, and a Program Director, Sgt. Jeff Farrell (Ret.) from the Dover Police Department.

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

At SSPI, we think we have an excellent care 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 training can be directed to Lorraine Altmeyer at Basic1@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.